Central European Foundation, founded in 1994 in Bratislava as a private, nonprofit grantmaking organization, has strived from the beginning to support the development of the Central European region. Its founders understood the uniqueness of this geographical area, where there is a natural crossroads of cultures and ethnicities that coexist in a small space in mutual respect. By supporting a wide range of artistic activities and cultural events linking Slovakia with other countries in the region, the Foundation has contributed to the preservation and development of a multi-lingual and multi-ethnic society in the region as a whole.
In almost 15 years of work by the Foundation, our main mission has not changed. We are still focused on the values and the social and cultural overlap in Central Europe.
Over the last few years in particular, we perceived a need to strengthen the role of Slovakia as an integrated, and at the same time, equal partner and neighbor, which is open to its environment and conscious of its own value as a participant in that environment.
Education and all-around development of young people as the driving force in society, and arts and culture as the expression of the state of that society’s development are at the forefront of our field of interest. Above all, over the last few years, the Foundation has considered it crucial to address these relatively neglected areas.
Good ideas without solid financial or material support tend to remain just wishes. For this reason, the Foundation does not forget to support economically disadvantaged regions in several areas of Slovakia and strengthen good relations between the public, private and nonprofit sectors.