FAQ about Civic Forum Foundation
Civic Forum? Does it still Exist? A foundation founded by the Civic
When you say "the Civic Forum Foundation" everyone in the Czech Republic
asks you the same question: "The Civic Forum?
Does it still exist?" People typically associate the name
of the Civic Forum with some political activity or even more so with
human rights activities.
People still remember what was the Civic Forum. In 1989 Civic Forum
was the most important political body for democratic change in former
Czechoslovakia. Its efforts were successful in transfering power from
a totalitarian government to a democratic one after the "Velvet revolution",
and its members were elected to office in the first free election in
May 1990 (for example President Vaclav Havel).
The concept of forming an independent foundation that would revive cultural,
educational and humanistic ideals was formulated by the Civic Forum
during the heady and exciting first few weeks that followed November
1989. As a result, the Civic Forum provided a initial financial grant
to the Civic Forum Foundation and borrowed it its name.
that, NOF has existed as an independent charitable subject which has
nothing to do with political activities, as many people think.
is special about the Civic Forum Foundation?
First of all, as has just been mentioned, its name and its history makes
the Civic Forum Foundation special.
Secondly, the Civic Forum Foundation was established in May 1990 as
one of the first non - governmental, non - political and non - profit
charitable initiatives in Czechoslovakia which thus involved the radical
revival of society based on the principles of democracy.
Thirdly, during the past eight years of its existence, the Civic Formum
Foundation confirmed its importance by realizing many projects in the
areas of culture and historic preservation, education and research,
and health and humanitarian interests. The Civic Forum Foundation has
gained and excellent reputation among many foundations in the Czech
Republic. Thanks to its work, it is one of few foundations that has
survived and still thrives today.
Fourthly, Civic Forum Foundation receives no financial contribution
from the Czech government. Its financing depends on the profit sector
and kindness of public. Therefore, Civic Forum Foundation develops and
maintains close partnerships with them. It is a foundation for the civic
Last, but not least, today Civic Forum Foundation is the largest foundation
in the country that undertakes programs in the field of cultural heritage.
Recognizing the gap in the number of foundations supporting the revitalization
of Czech heritage, the Board of Directors of the Civic Forum Foundation
decided to focus its efforts on these issues.
is the mission of the Civic Forum Foundation?
The Civic Forum Foundation endeavors
to aid in the protection and conservation of the Czech Republic's cultural
heritage through awareness building and the promotion of partnerships
among the business, non-profit and goverment sectors. Specific
focus is paid to the country's neglected
Forum Foundation is the member of Association of foundations andis working
in accord with Ethic Codex of Foundations.