Social Impact Alliance, DGKV, and AmCham Bulgaria Presented the Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility in CEE – BULGARIA Report

On June 20th, 2023, The Report “Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility in CEE | BULGARIA” was presented by Social Impact Alliance, DGKV, and AmCham Bulgaria before the stakeholders and members that were engaged with its preparation.

On behalf of SIA the study was presented by Konrad Siwinski, and the legal part was presented by Iliyan K. Kostov, DGKV. The session was moderated by Daniel Kiryakov, AmCham Bulgaria.


Report Highlights
  • 49% of Bulgarians are already willing to pay more for products and services offered by socially responsible brands;
  • 50% of Bulgarians regularly make financial donations to social causes, with the current annual contribution amounting to around 235 mln BGN (about 140 BGN per donor);
  • However, with proper motivation and the removal of barriers, Bulgarian citizens could donate up to 567 mln BGN for social causes per year – more than double than at present.

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About the report

The challenges that have impacted the CEE region over the past two years – the global COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and now the war in Ukraine – have emphasized more than ever the crucial role of philanthropy in building a strong civil society. Nearly 6 out of 10 CEE citizens believe the current challenges require more community engagement. Bulgaria has enormous philanthropic potential, one of the largest in the CEE. Research conducted by Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe and partners show that Bulgarian citizens could donate almost twice as much as they currently do. However, various soft, tax and legal barriers continue to hinder the development of social engagement.

Data compiled by the Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe shows that as many as 49% of Bulgarians are already willing to pay more for products and services offered by socially responsible brands. Likewise, companies are increasingly adopting responsible and sustainable practices, motivated by the growing awareness among employees, investors, and consumers. Furthermore, 50% of Bulgarians make financial donations to social causes, with the current annual contribution amounting to 235 mln BGN (140 BGN per donor), while 42% donate products such as medicines and food. Additionally, 32% of Bulgarians have been involved in volunteering in the last 12 months.

However, the philanthropic potential of the Bulgarian society is much higher – with proper motivation and removal of barriers, citizens could donate up to 567 mln BGN for social causes per year, more than twice as much as they donate now.

How to strengthen the social impact ecosystem and facilitate more informed, intentional, and impactful giving in Bulgaria? These conclusions are in the latest study “Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility in CEE | BULGARIA” conducted in April and May 2023 by Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe together with The American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham Bulgaria) and Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov (DGKV) with support from Google.org. The report identifies the most important barriers and potential incentives for corporate and individual donors and recommends changes.



The survey “Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility in CEE | BULGARIA” was conducted in April and May 2023 by Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe, an independent, apolitical think tank – with financial support from Google.org. Invaluable pro bono support was provided by The American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov (DGKV). In the initial phase, we mapped the Bulgarian ecosystem in order to identify the key players representing various environments and viewpoints. Experts from 20 carefully chosen organizations – mostly umbrella organizations for businesses, investors, nonprofits, academia, as well as public administration and organizations supporting social engagement in Bulgaria – were invited to participate in individual in-depth interviews, carried out online according to a structured scenario.


Contact media: Neda Nenkova, [email protected].

Contact AmCham: Daniel Kiryakov, [email protected]