Supporting Czech Communities


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 22 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 300 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.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent fundraising drive for Via’s Living Communities program. If you didn’t have a chance to give, you can donate here.



The Via 2018 Annual Report is now available here. It contains information about Via’s programs, donors and grants awarded last year. What did Via donors enable in 2018? Here are a few highlights:

– support to 371 community projects in the Czech Republic and 96 in other parts of Europe
– grants in a total amount exceeding $684,000 (CZK 15.4 million)
– distribution of 22,478 copies of The Art of Giving philanthropy journal
– gifts totalling $3,776,000 (CZK 85 million) to 500 NGOs through the online giving tool


  • We are excited that the Czech and Slovak School of Pittsburgh has joined our program for Young Philanthropists!
    Read an interview on Radio Praha with Alice Zdrale, co-director of the Czech and Slovak School of Pittsburgh.
    You can also read more about how the students and parents from the school are helping in their own community in this article on the Via blog.

  • Thanks to Via’s donors and community-oriented citizens, towns and villages all over the Czech Republic are turning into “Living Communities”. We invite you to read about the most recently supported projects here.
  • Meet the enthusiastic children and young people participating in Via’s 2019 Young Philanthropists program. Read more about how they are learning to put on benefit events and experiencing philanthropy first-hand here.