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We are one of the largest grantmaking and operational foundations in Slovakia. The name of our foundation is taken from the Latin word for “bridge” and expresses our purpose: to connect the sectors of Slovak society with one another and to link sources of financial support with those who need it.
The Pontis Foundation was established in 1997 as the successor to the Foundation for a Civil Society. We encourage and support the development and long-term financial sustainability of Slovak non-profit organisations by providing grants, loans, and expert consultancy.
We support the development of corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. We provide consultancy for creating philanthropic strategies. We undertake research projects and organise educational events. We recognise the philanthropic activities of corporations and individuals in Slovakia with our annual Via Bona Slovakia Award. We administer the Business Leaders Forum – an informal association of firms that commit themselves to enforce the principles of corporate social responsibility in Slovakia.
We contribute to the development of civil society in the non-democratic and transition countries of the world, such as Belarus, Cuba, Iraq, and Serbia. We support the development of a foreign policy for Slovakia and the EU that is based on values of democracy, respect for human rights, and solidarity.
We are an active member of the Slovak Donors Forum, and a member of the Platform of Development NGOs, CSR360 Global Partner Network, CSR Europe, the International Business Leaders Forum, and the Grantmakers East Group.