Volunteering HungaryBudapest, Hungary
ÖKA (Volunteering Hungary – Centre of Social innovation) is the leading organization for volunteer development in Hungary. We have been active since 2002 and led a number of initiatives from creating the Act of Volunteering, to building up a country wide Volunteer Centre network, and also running a volunteering portal (onkentes.hu). We are involved in promotion, training, advocacy, and consultation.
Since 2005, we have developed corporate volunteer programs, including nearly 400 programs for over 50 corporations all over the country. Based on these connections, we formed a framework for pro bono projects. 2015 was an important year as ÖKA created a new entity - the Pro Bono Workshop Non-Profit Ltd., and the Pro Bono Initiative of the Year within our Volunteering Award program organized by the Pro Bono for Social Good conference (prokonf.hu), and KreatON the first creative marathon in Hungary.
Based on the success of KreatON, ÖKA have received many requests to prepare marathons and other pro bono projects for 2016. ÖKA aims to grow more pro bono programs and run 10–15 projects per year towards acting as the main pro bono provider of Hungary in the future.