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Strengthening of Civil Society

Mission in Focus

Brazil has a strong third sector with civil society organizations (CSOs) that make a difference in the areas where they operate. How can we contribute to help the initiatives that make more significant impact to stay active and expand their reach?

  • We believe in a flexible development model that promotes the institutional strengthening of organizations.


The context

The Sustentabilidade das ONGs no Brasil – acesso a recursos privados [Sustainability of NGOs in Brazil: access to private funds] (2010) survey, conducted by the Brazilian Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, showed that the organizations that had 81%-100% of their budgets covered by international investments dropped by 66% between 2003 and 2007.

The number of CSOs receiving federal funds also decreased by 48% between 2010 and 2017, according to the Perfil das Organizações da Sociedade Civil no Brasil [Profile of Civil Society Organizations in Brazil] study, published by the Foundation of the Institute of Research in Applied Economics (IPEA).

Funds from Brazilian investors, on the other hand, typically support specific projects. According to the 2018 Gife Census, only 30% of the 133 top social investors in the country provide CSOs with institutional support. This landscape translates into fragile organizational management.

  • For the CSOs, better management implies convincing the society that solving institutional issues and having funds for this is as important as providing communities with care. The impossibility of investing in structures of human resources, communication, planning, innovation, results monitoring, and economic sustainability is a great barrier that for years have prevented organizations from moving forward to accomplish their missions.



The Mission in Focus program is intended to provide funds that are flexible and adequate to the needs of each selected CSO, as well as training opportunities and monitoring and evaluation instruments. The program aims to contribute to their sustainability, strengthening, and management so as to achieve a better-quality impact.

  • CSOs with significant initiatives in the territory where they operate and that are committed to the full development of children, adolescents, and young people are invited to take part in a selection process to join the program.


Program Description

The Mission in Focus program promotes institutional support to civil society organizations that report good monitoring results when participating in the other funding programs developed by Itaú Social:



  • Censo Gife (2018) [Gife Census];
  • Perfil das organizações da sociedade civil no Brasil (IPEA, 2018);
  • Relatório Benchmarking do Investimento Social Corporativo (2017)  [Benchmarking Corporate Social Investment Report];
  • Sustentabilidade das ONGS no Brasil – acesso a recursos privados  (2010) [NGO Sustainability in Brazil – access to private funds].



  • Civil society organizations.