Famna – The Swedish Association for Non-Profit Health and Social Service Providers
Famna represents the many non-profit, ideas and value based providers of health care in Sweden. Famna’s objective is to highlight the added values and the quality that these providers – our members – supply to health and social care in Sweden. This sector exists and thrives alongside the two more often discussed, i.e. public care providers and private profit-making organizations, but this third sector deserves more attention and a more level playing field.
Famna participates in public discussions about health care issues and aims at influencing political decisions at local, regional and national level in order to facilitate growth and development of the civil society and non-profit sector. Famna’s members represent a range of organizations such as foundations, associations, co-operatives and private ltd companies. They operate in fields such as care for elderly, health care, women’s shelters, housing for homeless and a variety of social services and care. Since the beginning of 2017, Famna has extended its target groups and are also including Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE), who combine production of goods and services for the market with the aim of social and professional integration of disadvantaged individuals.
Among the current issues are e.g. financing the sector and the need for investment capital, public procurement and its implementation, how to improve diversity and citizens’ freedom to choose provider, and how to improve and develop innovation in the non-profit sector. Some of these issues are dealt with in public commissions, where Famna is represented in reference groups or in other forms. We also collaborate with other providers within the non-profit sector on joint issues in order to strengthen our members’ positions and potential to grow and work on equal terms. Famna supports its members in their continuous quality improvement work and aspirations. Some of those endeavours are carried out in the form of special projects, receiving external financing through e.g. The Swedish ESF Council (The European Social Fund) or Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, and some of it is done in the format of Famna’s own Forum for Values.