ERSTE Foundation and ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation jointly promote social and cultural projects in Central and Eastern Europe
Isidro Fainé, president of ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation, Franz Karl Prüller, Chairman of the Managing Board of ERSTE Foundation, and Georg Winckler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ERSTE Foundation, signed on July 10 2015 a strategic alliance with the goal of jointly promoting social and cultural projects in the Erste Group’s home markets.
These measures will revolve around three initiatives established by ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation: Incorpora, a programme for integration into employment; a Leadership Training Programme for NGO Managers; and Comisart, a programme of grants to promote emerging curators in the field of contemporary art.
The goal of the Incorpora programme is to promote the integration into employment of vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities, the long-term unemployed, victims of gender violence, young people at risk of exclusion and former prison inmates. Since the project was launched in Spain in 2007, Incorpora has helped to provide more than 94,000 jobs. Incorpora is also active in Morocco and Poland.
Now, with the cooperation of ERSTE Foundation, Incorpora will be launched in Hungary. In an initial phase, ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation will help to adapt the Incorpora model implemented in Spain to circumstances in the Hungarian employment market, advising on the selection of partner social organisations and training employment integration personnel, among other actions.
Training for NGO Managers
The agreement signed today also provides for cooperation in implementing the Leadership Training Programme for NGO Managers, which is aimed at developing management skills, helping to create a culture that encourages improvement to the internal management of organisations and fostering a culture of economic transparency and efficiency. Over the course of 2015, ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation and ERSTE Foundation plan to launch a series of joint training activities aimed at Antonio Masanell, Vice President of CaixaBankmanagers of NGOs.
Two Art Collections for Young Curators
In the cultural sphere, an outstanding initiative is Comisart, which, as a result of this agreement, will also be launched in the Erste’s home region. Established by ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation in 2013, Comisart is a programme of grants awarded to promote emerging curators in the field of contemporary art with the aim of helping to professionalise the sector.
The cooperation agreement with the ERSTE Foundation will now enable Comisart to become international, giving young curators the chance to take part in ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation’s programme to work with the art collections conserved by both organisations.
photo: Antonio Masanell, Vice President of CaixaBank, Georg Winckler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ERSTE Foundation, Isidro Fainé, president of ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation, Franz Karl Prüller, Chairman of the Managing Board of ERSTE Foundation, and Esther Planas, Corporative Finantial Director of ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation.