Inside the Foundation

ERSTE Foundation is active in the Central and South Eastern European region, including Austria. Founded in 2003, we began our work two years later by developing three strategies of action that became three programmes: Social Development, Culture, and Europe. Positive change is based on shared values. Through this platform you have access to ideas and people. Together with our partners we create development. Let’s meet the challenges of Central and South Eastern Europe’s past, present and future on a local, national, and global level.




We are the major shareholder of Erste Group, one of the largest financial services providers in Central and South Eastern Europe with more than 54,000 employees serving over 16 million clients in 8 countries (Austria, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine). Like Erste Group, we also inherited the tradition of the first Austrian savings bank, which was founded 190 years ago to serve the common good.

Our two commitments are based on our historical roots: ERSTE Foundation safeguards the future of Erste Group as an independent company and reinvests into the common good through the activities developed within its three programmes.

We want to change people’s lives for the better by setting up our own initiatives and cooperating in a living network. Join us and discover the projects that have already been done and those that are underway right now .