Why 42? 

The whole idea behind choosing the number 42 as the name of our Foundation is Douglas Adam’s book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, where 42 is the answer to the question about life, the universe and everything else. So the concept that’s driving us foreward is “bringing people closer to their own answer of the question about their lives“.

Foundation 42 was established in May 2013 as a public interest entity under the Bulgarian law.


 Mission and vision 

Our mission is to support people in reflecting on their own lives and role in society by facilitating the process of asking questions and finding their own answers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur vision is to achieve our goals through conducting trainings, organizing events, presenting good practices and supporting the implementation of innovative approaches in civil society initiatives. All these activities are aimed at people active in the NGO sector who have (or want to have) an active civil stand and hence a positive impact on society. We have a particular focus on the promotion of social entrepreneurship in Bulgaria and providing support for the involvement of the business in such activities.

 Main activity – Forum KLYUCH 

DSC_3386The driving force behind establishing Foundation 42 was to institutionalize and support the organization of a series of motivation speaking events, targeting young people and their active civil involvement. These Forums called KLYUCH, the Bulgarian word for KEY, are designed as a platform for sharing ideas, knowledge and good examples of career DSC_0853development in the non-profit sector in Bulgaria. Till now (May 2013) we’ve already had 4 events with more than 1400 participants, over 30 speakers and many partners. The involvement of two of the biggest universities in Sofia was a core element behind this success.

 Web portal – ZaFONDOVETE 

Promoting free information access for all interested parties in obtaining grants, developing good projects, making their activities popular – this is the main aim of our web portal – Za FONDOVETE online.

We are in charge of the www.zafondovete.eu. Its mission is to daily inform all interested experts, NGOs, companies, etc. about opened calls for proposals, funding programmes and granting organizations. It is an open platform, totally free of charge and in the last 2 years it has become the biggest database with Calls for grants in Bulgaria.


 Expertise of Foundation 42 staff: 

  • Project development and project management;
  • Development and management of grant schemes;
  • Development of social responsibility concepts for companies and organizations;
  • Project evaluation – process management;
  • Monitoring and impact assessment related activities;
  • Developing sustainable development strategies for companies and organizations.

 The trainings we offer: 

Foundation 42 offers training services in the following fields:

  • Project management
  • Presentational skills
  • NGO capacity building


Executive director- Mr. Alexander Kumanov, trainer in the field of NGO capacity building, non-formal education, public speaking, project management

Board of trustees:

Mr. Nikolay Todorov – expert in the field of grant schemes development and management.

Mrs. Nataliya Jivkova – Trainer in the fields of sustainable development, project management, non-formal education

Mrs. Maria Tasheva – trainer and expert in Monitoring and evaluation strategies for projects, non-formal education and sustainable development

For more information you can contact us:

e-mail: info [at] 42training.org

Telephone: +359 885 72 80 80