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History of our Foundation

The Carpathian Euroregion, institutional association of local-self-governments and municipalities, has been created in 1993 with the aim to prevent the ethnic conflicts of the post-socialist countries after the democratic transition.

The Carpathian Foundations ( currently the members of the International Carpathian Foundation Network) have been established for the initiative of the East-West Institute and with the financial support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation with the aim to operate as a network of regional community foundations in the most underdeveloped bordering areas of the Carpathian Euroregion (Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine) by supporting the citizens’ and civic local development initiatives.

In the beginning the Foundations managed various grant programs to promote good neighborliness, social stability and sustainable economic development in the region.

The Carpathian Foundation-Hungary (registered in Hungary in 2002) is the member of the prestigous International Carpathian Foundation Network

ICFN is a network of four independent foundations serving the Carpathian Euroregion.

At the moment, ICFN members are the following organizations:

Karpatská nadácia, Slovensko - www.karpatskanadacia.sk
Kárpátok Alapítvány – Magyarország – www.karpatokalapitvany.hu   
Карпатський фонд – Україна, Ukraine – www.carpathianfoundation.org.ua
Fundacja Karpacka – Polska - www.fundacjakarpacka.org