We had the honor of knowing Donald W. Hamer over the last two decades of his life. Don was a brilliant semi-conductor engineer, a successful businessman and a generous and compassionate philanthropist. Don’s willingness to help fund our community development and cultural heritage programming and flexibly provide general support was and continues to be instrumental to Via Foundation’s success.
Today’s blog is special. On this day – Tuesday, November 29 – #Giving Tuesday is being celebrated around the world by people giving to their favorite charities, volunteering, and helping in other creative ways.
“We want to do more than just work from our office – we want to help revitalize our neighbourhood in other ways, too. So if you’d like help with your renovation project, we could come work as volunteers for one day…”. Those were the first lines of the email that we sent to the guys working on the inner courtyard project Vnitroblok in the neighbourhood of our new office in Holešovice -Prague.
Despite its small size, the town of Markoušovice in Eastern Bohemia is the epicentre of many interesting community projects. Not least among them is a new and improved village green that local residents helped to design and build.
They are dedicated to helping others – often despite their own disabilities, health problems or other hardships.
Here are 2016’s seven most powerful stories of giving – the stories of this year’s Via Bona award winners.
They connect people in their communities. They create places where people of different generations or social circles can gather and meet. Simply put, they spark engagement in their communities.
Prague, 8 September 2016 – Via Foundation opened public voting today for the 19th annual Via Bona Philanthropy Awards. Via Foundation also introduced the finalists in each category selected by the jury.