Swimathon is a crowdfunding campaign, a grant-giving programme and a great community event. Ferencváros Community Foundation’s (FKA) role is to select the projects, manage the campaign website and collect the donations, motivate/help the team leaders and the swimmers, as well as to organise the half-day swimming event, carry out the communication activities of the campaign, then – having concluded a grant agreement – follow and monitor the implementation of the projects and keep the donors up-to-date about their progress. In 2016 as many as 70 swimmers took part and raised 7,5 million forints for 4 projects; in 2017 the respective figures were: 140 swimmers, 7 projects, over 16 million forints raised.
The non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that will take part in Swimathon were selected by FKA’s board after an open call for proposals. Click HERE to read about the projects proposed by the participating organisations and HERE to support their swimmers. FKA is the initiator and the organiser of the even but we also have a team of swimmers, just like our collaborating partner, the Community Foundation Support Programme (Közös Alapon, KA), which is a nationwide programme, carried out by Gyökerek és Szárnyak Foundation, seeking to foster the establishment and the development of community foundations in Hungary. The other five projects and organisations, which are connected to the 9th district and which were selected through an open call, are fundraising for the following causes: