In 2019 more than 270 children and young people gave their time and energy to help others through our Young Philanthropists program. 15 teams of young philanthropists and their patrons held 55 charity events, whose proceeds went to help disabled classmates, senior citizens, mothers in crisis as well as elephants and turtles. Altogether they raised CZK 537,326 ($23,627), which Via Foundation matched to make a total of CZK 906,288 ($39,860). Read More
On Sunday, November 17, 2019 the Czech Republic celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which marked the fall of the Communist regime and the beginning of the country’s transition to democracy in 1989. Civic engagement is an integral part of modern democracy. This November’s 30th anniversary is a good opportunity to pause and consider two questions: How civically engaged are Czechs 30 years after the establishment of their democracy, and how does Via Foundation support people in becoming more engaged?
Thanks to the Living Communities program and citizens’ original ideas, places you would otherwise overlook can turn into artistic works that delight the eyes and hearts of many. Take a look at how people are creating a colorful mosaic on a concrete wall, knitting sweaters for their town and turning old buildings into community spaces – all through Living Communities.Read More
Over the past two years, in our ViabilityNet 3.0 program, we have regularly met with staff from organizations that are similar to Via but operate in other CEE countries. The purpose of these meetings is to exchange experience and learn more about the contexts in which the participating organizations work. In June 2019, Via’s Executive Director Zdeněk Mihalco took a two-day trip to visit the Polish organization Szkola liderow.
Emilia Ciurchea is Alumni of the international program ViabilityNet 3.0. Few year ago she moved back to Romania and got involved in local Tara Fagarasului Community Foundation. Here is inspirational interview with her.Read More
ViabilityNet 3.0 is a program that supports local community leaders in Central and Eastern Europe and their ideas. Participants take part in four meetings and four study visits over a one-year period. We also support participants with grants and mentors to make their community projects sustainable and successful going forward and we provide opportunities for inspiration and sharing with other participants. One meeting was dedicated to measuring impact in local communities.Read More