Our mission is to increase citizen engagement in community affairs and to encourage philanthropy in the Czech Republic. We call these two branches of our work “the art of engaging” and “the art of giving”. In practical terms, this means that we devote our energy and expertise to growing the number of people in the Czech Republic caring and working collaboratively to improve their communities, giving to help others and trusting others. To make this happen we focus on:
Community Development: The Art of Engaging in Community
Via Foundation seeks out, connects and supports people who are changing their communities for the better by e.g. revitalizing public spaces, restoring neglected small monuments or organizing neighborhood gatherings. They may include individuals, groups of people, non-profit organizations, companies, municipalities and church and community organizations, Through their community projects they learn to work together for the good of the community, develop strong ties to their neighbors and build a sense of commitment to their communities. We provide grants, project consultations and educational opportunities.
Philanthropy Development: The Art of Giving
In philanthropy development, our goal is to make giving, charity and generosity a regular part of life in the Czech Republic. We raise awareness about philanthropy and recognize outstanding philanthropists, offer young people an opportunity to design and run their own charity events to experience philanthropy first-hand and develop on-line giving tools in the Czech Republic.
Our vision is a society in which people act freely and courageously, accept responsibility for themselves and their community, and where giving is a regular part of life.
Freedom, meaningfulness, responsibility
VIA Foundation was established in 1997 to build on the work of the Czech office of the American Foundation for a Civil Society, which had operated in the country since 1990. For the past 20 years, we have been supporting active individuals working together and giving back to improve their communities. Since 2005 two partner organizations – Friends of Via in Pittsburgh and Via civic association in Prague – have complemented the work of Via Foundation. Today we are one of the largest and most active Czech foundations supporting community development in the Czech Republic. Over the past five years we have awarded grants to 1,192 projects in a total amount of $2,732,497
In 2017, Via Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary! Read more in our 20th anniversary letter.