Supporting Czech Communities

Automatic Mlyny in Pardubice



Is a 501 (c) 3 organization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which supports Via Foundation, an independent Czech foundation that is committed to community and philanthropy development in the Czech Republic. Friends of Via gives American donors an easy tax-deductible way to donate to Via Foundation and other Czech non-profit organizations.

Friends of Via supports Via Foundation in “Building the Future, One Community at a Time.”

For the past 20 years, Via Foundation has been supporting people and organizations which are changing Czech communities: people like retiree Zdenka Wasserbauerova, who encourages young people to become bone marrow donors, or a group in Cheb trying to save a local monastery. Last year, Via Foundation supported over 250 projects and awarded over $600,000 in grants.



  • 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. Shown below: William Lafe, Carol Hochman and Marge Petruska of the Friends of Via Board of Directors on the Charles Bridge in Prague.

To read more about what Board members experienced at one project visit, read this article by Board member William Lafe here. You can find a summary and more photos here.

  • The special 20th anniversary 2017 Via Bona Philanthropy Awards took place on May 23, 2017. Read more here: Via Bona Awards 2017.
  • The Czech folk music ensemble, Muzička is on it’s way once again to a U.S. tour. This time to the West Coast and California!   Muzička will perform around the West Coast, and their tour will culminate with the  St. Wenceslaus Festival in the San Francisco Bay area, where they will be artist-in-residence. This three-day festival is organized by the Orinda/Tabor Sister City Foundation located in Orinda, California, September 29 – October 1, 2017.  More information can be found at: Muzička is actively raising funds for this return to the US in fall 2017. If Czech folk music has a special place in your heart and you’d like to get involved by making a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Carol Hochman at

  • In the 2017 spring round of “Living Communities”, Via Foundation’s community improvement program, 15 projects from across the entire CR were awarded grants. The “Don’t miss” list includes revived community wool-spinning evenings in a rural area where sheep may outnumber people and a “community living room” in a local library. Read more here.
  • Click here for a very inspiring article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper about a young philanthropist in Pittsburgh.