EUDEC is a pretty unusual kind of organization. After three years, we are still completely volunteer-driven, our funding is independent and based almost exclusively in our membership, and we are growing every day.
As one of the active volunteers on Council I’ve been part of working on all of the different things EUDEC wants to be — a network of school, individuals and organizations; a source of information; an advocacy group; an engine for change in the European education world.
Visible achievements are pretty small and far between when everyone involved is only as involved as their job, personal life and education allows. The biggest benefits so far, I think, are the invisible benefits of networking: schools find teachers, parents find schools, people find other people to start schools with, and more and more people slowly hear from mouth to ear about democratic education.
Right now, we’re starting to work on pooling our resources to hire a full-time coordinator. I believe this will change everything, since we will finally have someone dedicating their time to maintaining the network, coordinating all of the volunteers to make sure our individual projects can fit together and people can find others who can help them. There are already so many people in our network that this is basically impossible to manage with a small Council of volunteers that also has to work on day-to-day EUDEC stuff and develop different projects at the same time.
To continue being independent and able to work on our vision without time-intensive projects and reports serving solely to fit into some funding application, we are working to raise funds by increasing our membership and asking for personal donations. That’s where you come in. :P
If you have any questions about EUDEC or the donation first, feel free to leave a comment below.
If you’re already convinced, become a member now or donate as much or as little as you like via PayPal (10€ would be nice):
Thanks for any support you can give us!!
(Note: This is my personal post and should not be seen as an official appeal by EUDEC.)