About us

Credo Bonum Foundation, established in 2006 by Tzvetelina Borislavova, is an independent non-governmental organization striving for positive change in modern society. Some of the areas we focus on are sustainability, environmentalism, spreading positive thinking and attitude in society. We believe that we can start building a better tomorrow today.

Credo Bonum Gallery 

Credo Bonum Foundation runs its own gallery, which was opened at the end of 2003 by Tzvetelina Borislavova as Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of The Economic and Investment Bank. Until 2008 the gallery operated under the name CIBANK as the only example of a symbiosis between a bank and a cultural institution in Bulgaria – www.credo-gallery.bg For these years the dynamic switching of expositions and the alternation of classical and modern forms have brought the space recognition as an autonomous authority and helped it rise to the top rank of Sofia’s most eminent and sought-after exhibition spaces. Having accumulated a notable history with background of almost 100 exhibitions and with the support of the Credo Bonum Foundation, the Gallery aimed to become a new space that seeks to arouse the interest of the general public in different forms of art by staging offbeat exhibitions and offering educational opportunities. A key priority is the variety of cultural events, the blending of different forms of arts, the increased social commitment, as well as the full use of the critical potential of arts. In its programme, the gallery sticks by its commitment to presenting modern art, introducing young authors, working with private and public collections, and showcasing the entire gamut of media that contemporary art employs. Thus, in harmony with the various cultural, social and public activity of the foundation, the Credo Bonum Gallery asserts its new ambition to develop and win recognition as an independent space for arts and culture which draws its themes and accents from the everyday life and from the topical problems of our environment. Having accumulated a notable history with background of almost 100 exhibitions and with the support of the Credo Bonum Foundation, the Gallery is a space which seeks to arouse the interest of the general public with different forms of art by staging offbeat exhibitions and offering educational opportunities. Key priorities of the gallery is the variety of cultural events, the blending of different forms of arts, the increased social commitment, as well as the full use of the critical potential of arts.

Credo Bonum Media

In 2011, we launched an online media project, dedicated to positive news. Every day we share with our readers inspirational stories of people and organizations that bring positive change to the world.This is an online media project in Bulgarian only for positive news, successful practices, valuable tips, inspirational ideas. The media shares stories of people and organizations that change the world, inspiring the good in themselves and others, offering solutions for change. The media works with different international and US sources.

Projects:

Days of Happiness is the first of its kind project in Eastern Europe, organized by Credo Bonum Foundation, that combines a series of talks, exhibition, movie screening, and interactive art project in public space. Exploring the pursuit of happiness Days of Happiness will gather leading international speakers, psychologists, scientists, book authors and creative thinkers, offering a range of perspectives on different factors contributing to happiness, positive thinking and psychology. Days of Happiness is an ongoing project conceived shortly before Bulgaria was listed as one of the unhappiest countries in the world in the 2012 UN report on happiness.

Sofia Sveta Gora project, initiated by the Credo Bonum in partnership with Sofia Municipality, seeks to encourage the adoption of a more responsible attitude towards nature and historical heritage. The project’s focus is to improve and popularize the alternative hiking and bicycle routes which connect the churches and monasteries in Sofia Sveta. The foundation’s chief activities are focused on the improvement and the development of the alternative routes between the churches and monasteries in Sofia Sveta Gora—hiking and bicycle routes—known primarily to a handful of devoted pilgrims and aficionados of active recreation. Parts of the steps for the popularization of this route are putting up of signposts, path marking, publication of information materials and others. The foundation created and maintains a website, dedicated to the project – www.svetagorasofia.bg, which contains information about the routes and places in the northern part of Sofia Sveta Gora. Credo Bonum foundation supports other projects for reconstructions of historical monuments in Bulgaria as well.

2020 Initiative – started in and supported by Capital foundation, Centre for Liberal Strategies and World Bank. The Initiative aimed at outlining more distant horizon in the development of Bulgaria till year 2020, provoking a broad discussion about the most important topics of the country with active participation of the citizens. The 2020 Initiative organized a national forum, which included the active Bulgarian community in a debate about the future of economics, energetics, ecology, education, information society, tourism, global warming and others.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Credo Bonum has successfully introduced the event in Sofia with more organizations joining the initiative every year.

For Bees and Man campaign – we launched a public campaign for conservation of bees and biodiversity, as well as free courses on bee keeping in urban settings.

European Mobility Week – partnering with the Missing Chapter Foundation of Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands and the Dutch Embassy in Sofia, we organized various activities during the European Mobility Week to promote sustainable urban mobility.

Workshops for kids - we regularly organize workshops for kids on topics related to sustainability, culture, and society. In 2011, we published for the first time in Bulgaria Princess Laurentien’s children book Mr. Finney and the World Upside Down. 

"Exchange for Ideas” – another joint project with World Bank, within which is a founder of a special prise for the inclusion of disadvantaged youths

"Restructure and reform of social institutions” together with Social Activities and Practices Institute

Roundtable conference about „Demographic problems of Bulgaria”

Social inclusion of disadvantaged young people and children at risk with “Bulgarian Mothers Movement” foundation

We believe in good and we strive to do good!

Team

Tzvetelina Borislavova

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION: Master Degree from Higher Economics Institute in Sofia subject “International economic affairs”, Master Degree from SU “St. Kliment Ohridski” subject “Spanish and English philology”, 2 years in the Bucharest University – subject “Philosophy and western languages”.
One year specialization in the Madrid University.
 

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:


•    Chairwoman of the Supervisory board of BACB from July, 2011.


•    Shareholder and chairwoman of the Supervisory board of CIBANK from 2001 until 2010.


•    Founder, owner and chairperson of CSIF, investment fund established in 2005. The company consolidated assets are approximately EUR 250 million; the fixed capital is EUR 45 million and revenues reaching EUR 29 million in 2012.

Main areas of Activity of the fund:
-    Main shareholder of BACB /61.43%/;
-    renewable energy finalized for around 50 million euro
- wind parks
- Hydropower plants
- Biomass production – plantations and factory for pellets;
-    Financial services – assets management and securitization, mortgage financing, finance engineering;
-    agricultural activities / green energy/;
-    Industry and Services
- Despred – freight forwarding
- Pamporovo JSC – mountain resort;
- Rival 5
- Monek Jug – mining equipment, manufactory.
-    Real estate


•    Member of Trilaterial Commission
The Trilateral Commission was formed in 1973 by private citizens of Japan, Europe (European Union countries), and North America (United States and Canada) to foster closer cooperation among these core industrialized areas of the world with shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system.

•    Member of the Advisory Committee of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, Clean Energy Finance Solutions, since 2012


•    Member of Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at more than $73.1 billion.


•    Honorary Council of Iceland in Bulgaria

•    Founder and Chairwoman of “Global Bulgaria Initiative”, a non-profit association established on November 12, 2002.   
Some of the projects:
-    “Optimistic Theory of the Transition’s Pessimism”, represents a report of the Association for the period 2003-2004. The report was first discussed at an expert conference and after that at a public debate, the mass media inclusive. The objective is such reports on the most topical issues of Bulgarian society to be periodically presented by “Global Bulgaria”.

-    “The efficient utilization of the proceeds under the pre-accesssion funds of EU’ and the civil control over the said process.  The following activities took place within the project’s framework:

-    a seminar-meeting “European structural funds. The experience of Finland”, lecturer: Maria Niemi, Chief Councillor of Finland’s government, attended by deputy prime minister, ministers, deputy-ministers and representatives of more than 30 non-government organizations;

-    forum jointly organized with the Ministry of Finance on the following theme:  “Institutionalizing the partnership between the non-government organizations and the government in the process of programming, monitoring and assessing the efficient utilization of the pre-accession instruments of EU”, attended by representatives of more than 30 non-government organizations.

•    Founder of the “Tipping point” foundation, a non-profit association, established in 2005.
Some of the projects, in which the organization has participation:

1.    “Brussels State Forum: Transatlantic Challenges in the Global Era”
German Marshall Fund of the United States

2.    “Frontiers of Freedom”
Project on Transitional Democracies

3.  Nations in Transit European Advocacy series
Freedom House

4.    Inclusion of Bulgaria in the annual survey “Transatlantic Tendencies” of GMFUS
German Marshall Fund of the United States

5.    Institutional support of “Balkan Trust for Democracy”
Balkan Trust for Democracy, a program of German Marshall Fund of the US

6.    “Encouraging the Democracy: right, pluralism and participation”
National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

7.    Project of “Open Century Institute”, a memorandum for co-operation with Central European University
CEU

 
•    Founder and chairwoman of the “Credo Bonum” foundation, established in 2006


Credo Bonum Foundation is an independent non-governmental organization striving for positive change in modern society. Some of the areas we focus on are sustainability, environmentalism, spreading positive thinking and attitude in society. We believe that we can start building a better tomorrow today.

Credo Bonum Gallery
Credo Bonum Foundation runs its own gallery, which was opened at the end of 2003 by Tzvetelina Borislavova as Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of The Economic and Investment Bank. Until 2008 the gallery operated under the name CIBANK as the only example of a symbiosis between a bank and a cultural institution in Bulgaria – www.credo-gallery.bg For these years the dynamic switching of expositions and the alternation of classical and modern forms have brought the space recognition as an autonomous authority and helped it rise to the top rank of Sofia’s most eminent and sought-after exhibition spaces. Having accumulated a notable history with background of almost 100 exhibitions and with the support of the Credo Bonum Foundation, the Gallery aims to become a new space that seeks to arouse the interest of the general public in different forms of art by staging offbeat exhibitions and offering educational opportunities. A key priority is the variety of cultural events, the blending of different forms of arts, the increased social commitment, as well as the full use of the critical potential of arts. In its programme, the gallery sticks by its commitment to presenting modern art, introducing young authors, working with private and public collections, and showcasing the entire gamut of media that contemporary art employs. Thus, in harmony with the various cultural, social and public activity of the foundation, the Credo Bonum Gallery asserts its new ambition to develop and win recognition as an independent space for arts and culture which draws its themes and accents from the everyday life and from the topical problems of our environment.


Credo Bonum Media
In 2011, we launched an online media project, dedicated to positive news. Every day we share with our readers inspirational stories of people and organizations that bring positive change to the world.


Projects:
2020 Initiative – In 2009 Credo Bonum foundation started the 2020 Initiative (www.2020.bg), supported by Capital foundation, Centre for Liberal Strategies and The World Bank. The Initiative aimed at outlining more distant horizon in the development of Bulgaria till year 2020, provoking a broad discussion about the most important topics of the country with active participation of the citizens. The 2020 Initiative organized a national forum, which included the active Bulgarian community in a debate about the future of economics, energetics, ecology, education, information society, tourism, global warming and others. The 2020 Initiative was focused towards the Bulgarian citizens, letting them know their opinion matters, motivating them to take an active part in the public dialogue and uniting them around modern ideas, working for the prosperity of the country.


Days of Happiness is the first of its kind project in Eastern Europe, organized by Credo Bonum Foundation, that combines a series of talks, exhibition, movie screening, and interactive art project in public space. Exploring the pursuit of happiness Days of Happiness will gather leading international speakers, psychologists, scientists, book authors and creative thinkers, offering a range of perspectives on different factors contributing to happiness, positive thinking and psychology. Days of Happiness is an ongoing project conceived shortly before Bulgaria was listed as one of the unhappiest countries in the world in the 2012 UN report on happiness.


Sofia Sveta Gora project, initiated by the Credo Bonum in partnership with Sofia Municipality, seeks to encourage the adoption of a more responsible attitude towards nature and historical heritage. The project’s focus is to improve and popularize the alternative hiking and bicycle routes which connect the churches and monasteries in Sofia Sveta.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Credo Bonum has successfully introduced the event in Sofia with more organizations joining the initiative every year.


For Bees and Man campaign – we launched a public campaign for conservation of bees and biodiversity, as well as free courses on bee keeping in urban settings.


European Mobility Week – partnering with the Missing Chapter Foundation of Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands and the Dutch Embassy in Sofia, we organized various activities during the European Mobility Week to promote sustainable urban mobility.


Workshops for kids - we regularly organize workshops for kids on topics related to sustainability, culture, and society. In 2011, we published for the first time in Bulgaria Princess Laurentien’s children book Mr. Finney and the World Upside Down.


Other projects in which Credo Bonum participated are: “Exchange of Ideas” – another joint project with The World Bank, within which is established a special prize for the inclusion of disadvantaged youths; „Restructure and reform of social institutions” together with Social Activities and Practices Institute, Roundtable conference about „Demographic problems of Bulgaria”, social inclusion of disadvantaged young people and children at risk with “Bulgarian Mothers Movement” foundation.


The Credo Bonum foundation supports different projects for reconstructions of historical monuments in Bulgaria.


Legal standing:
According to the Law on non-profit organizations, the Foundation has been registered at the Sofia City Court as a non-government organization for public benefit.


•    Founder and Vice president of Bulgarian Green Building Council /BGBC/
a public benefit non-governmental organization. BGBC is member of Sustainable Energy Europe and BUILD UP European initiatives. During 2010 BGBC initiated various events at national level including a round table conference about “Importance of sustainable building in Europe”, Forum about inclusion of the youth and sustainable development. In the same year the Bulgarian Council took part in the annual WGBC meeting in Budapest and in Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels. By means of its activities BGBC helps promoting the idea for sustainable development at national level, for institutional support of a new certification system and introduces changes in legislation for development of sustainable building.


Simeon Vasilev

Simeon Vasilev has various experience in the non-profit and media sectors. He has worked as an editor-in-chief of the monthly music magazine DJ Mag Bulgaria, licensee of DJ Mag UK, and now is online editor of the music web platform djbook.bg. For two years he has been working as an editor-in-chief for a motorcycle magazine. He was marketing and PR specialist for the fashion brand Springfield, and later became managing director of the company. As a manager of PR agency, Simeon has vast experience in organizing innovative events. Simeon graduated “St. Kliment Ohridski” Sofia University, subject “Public Relations”, and received his primary education in “Vasil Levski” school, Troyan. In 2008 he graduated London School of PR.

simeon@credobonum.bg


Vessela Nozharova is born in 1974 г. in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. She graduated with MA in Art History from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. In 2001 she worked consecutively for Union of Bulgarian Art, for the private galleries “Irida” and ATA – Center for Contemporary Art. Between 2003 - 2006 she has worked as a Visual Arts Manager and Curator at The Red House Center for Culture and Debate in Sofia. She was the curator of the Bulgarian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Art Biennial (2007). 


Galina Dimitrova-Dimova

Galina Dimitrova-Dimova (b. 1976) is curator and art manager. MA at Art History Department of National Art Academy, Sofia (1994-1999). Her professional interests are mainly in public art, digital arts, and any other cultural projects with socio-political action. She gained her professional experience mainly in her work as curator and head of art programme of InterSpace Association in Sofia from June 1999 to April 2008. Currently she is organiser and co-curator of DA Fest – International Festival for Digital Arts of the National Art Academy, Sofia. Among her curatorial projects are: "Urban Cycles", "Macrovideo" (public space video installations), "Schizoid Architecture" (net-art), “On Difference 2” (international exhibition in Stuttgart and a film contest in Sofia), Coffee with Sugar (exchange video programme). She was the curator of the official Bulgarian participation at 9th Cairo Biennial' 2004. Organizer of Net User biannual international forum (2001-2007) and Cinemasports film-making challenge in Bulgaria (2005-2006). Editor in Chief of CULT.BG Server for Arts and Culture (2004-2008). Trainer in the seminars for management of art projects organized by The Swiss Cultural Programme in Bulgaria (2003-2006) and the Fund for Support of Debut Projects (2006-2008). Co-writer (together with Margarita Dorovska) of Five Lengths Free Style - a toolkit for debut artists about developing of artistic projects.

 

galina@credobonum.bg