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ERSTE Foundation
DIE ERSTE österreichische Spar-Casse Privatstiftung
Am Belvedere 1
1100 Vienna

Telephone: +43 50 100 15100
Fax +43 50 100 11094

VAT ID: ATU66961488
Commercial register no.: FN 72984 f
Commercial register court: Vienna
Headquarters: Vienna

Managing Board
Bernhard Spalt (chairman), Boris Marte (deputy chairman), Franz Portisch (board member)

Supervisory Board
Bettina Breiteneder, Ilse Fetik, Maximilian Hardegg, Barbara Pichler, Dr. Peter Pichler, Dr. Johanna Rachinger (deputy chairwoman), Dr. Markus Trauttmansdorff, Dr. Manfred Wimmer, Dr. Georg Winckler (chairman)

Registered purpose
The foundation’s purpose is to support its beneficiaries. The foundation achieves its purpose by using income generated from assets that are dedicated to the foundation. The foundation’s purpose is also to conserve and promote the savings bank (Sparkasse) philosophy. ERSTE Foundation is the largest Austrian savings bank foundation. It was created in 2003 from Erste Österreichische Spar-Casse Anteilsverwaltungsparkasse, which had been the direct legal successor of Erste österreichische Sparkasse of 1819. As a private foundation of an Austrian savings bank, it has a duty to engage in charitable action as well as a special role as the main shareholder of Erste Group. It invests the income it receives from its shareholding in social development in Austria and Central and Southeast Europe.

Owner and publisher

ERSTE Stiftung – DIE ERSTE österreichische Spar-Casse Privatstiftung

Managing Board
Bernhard Spalt, Boris Marte, Franz Portisch

Editorial team
Maribel Königer (editor-in-chief), Gerald Radinger, Jovana Trifunović

Barbara Maya-Zieger – wordpool

Visual concept, programming, technical assistance
EN GARDE Interdisciplinary GmbH

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Basic orientation
Promoting and understanding between civil society initiatives, particularly in the areas of social inclusion and integration, democratic processes, European cooperation, and contemporary culture.

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