Supporting Czech Communities

FRIENDS OF VIA

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. Each year Via Foundation provides grants and learning opportunities to approximately 200 projects in Czech communities – like Dolní Podluží, where residents transformed a public space into a vibrant community place, or Rychnov nad Kněžnou, where teenagers put on a benefit event to raise money for young people with disabilities.

We are currently holding a fundraising drive for Via’s Living Communities program. If you haven’t contributed already, we hope you’ll join us in supporting people improving Czech communities! You can donate here.

 

RECENT NEWS

  • On Thursday, May 31, 2018, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Pittsburgh Agreement at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Here is a link to a video about the history of the Pittsburgh Agreement. We were happy to welcome members of the Via team to our celebration. You can read more about their visit here Via in Pittsburgh.
  • The 2018 Via Bona Philanthropy Award finalists have been selected! Vote for your favorites here to help decide which will receive the Public’s Choice Award at the awards ceremony in Prague on May 21, 2018. And here are photos of three of them, just to capture your interest:

  • Through the generosity of many donors, Via was able to support a total of 45 projects in its “Living Communities” program in 2017. They are diverse, ranging from development of a community center, urban gardening, sleuthing a lost bust of T. G. Masaryk and guided walks as a means of sharing local history – but they all share one important thing: community engagement. Read more about the most recent set of projects here.
  • 14 teams of children and young people are putting on benefit events and learning about philanthropy first-hand through our Young Philanthropists program. Read more about their projects here.
  • Via Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017. Read more in our 20th anniversary letter.
  • The Czech folk music ensemble, Muzička, toured the West Coast during autumn 2017.

  • Click here for a very inspiring article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper about a young philanthropist in Pittsburgh.  And here is an update about that young philanthropist