Dijana is from Croatia. When she was a little girl, Dijana lost her father during the Croatian War of Independence. Although she and her mother and brother left their home in Pučišća and moved to Split, Dijana never forgot her hometown on the Croatian island of Brač. She had spent many childhood holidays at her grandparents’ house there and always felt the urge to give her community back what it had given her: happiness. After college she decided to move back to Pučišća. With the help of government funding and the ViabilityNet program, she has become a community leader there. Read More
What community projects in Slovakia can serve as sources of inspiration for the Czech Republic? We set off to see what engaged Slovakians are doing during a site visit in our program ViabilityNet 3.0, through which we support community leaders from Central and Eastern Europe. The leaders supported through ViabilityNet 3.0 are individuals who are trying to engage their neighbors in community projects. They will take part in four meetings and four site visits and receive grants for community projects as well as the support of a mentor to help make their projects successful and sustainable.
This past May, Via Foundation invited the Friends of Via board of directors to participate in a week-long tour of community development projects supported by Via.
From left: William Lafe, Carol Hochman and Marge Petruska on Charles Bridge, Prague
Through this year’s 20th annual Via Bona Awards, we recognized the most powerful stories of Czech giving from the last twenty years. This year’s awards were unique because the public selected the most inspiring cases of philanthropy from the award’s 20-year history through online voting. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Via Foundation symbolically recognized these philanthropists at a gala evening at the Prague venue “Pražské křižovatka”.
14 European countries
2 key note speakers
20 open space discussions
46 inflated balloons
3 visited community initiatives
1 stuffed animal (a sheep)
An endless number of interesting people, contacts, new friends…
Our international ViabilityNet 2.0 program ended in 2016, but we are continuing its work through ViabilityNet 3.0. Launched in February 2017, the ViabilityNet 3.0 program supports community leaders from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, a network of partner organizations from the region, alumni from ViabilityNet 2.0 and connections between civil society and academicians working in community development.
We kicked off our special 20th Anniversary Via Bona Philanthropy Awards program in April. This year’s Via Bona Awards are exceptional as a symbolic celebration of twenty years of philanthropy development in the Czech Republic.