Cooperation Platforms

Some challenges need more brains than one to think about it, more funds to research, to set up, to move, to reach impact, to really change something. We are happy that - as a relatively young foundation - we have been asked to join several international project cooperations with other foundations and organisations. Because we want to team up with those who have more experience than us and we like to share the expertise that we already built up in the fields where we are active in.
In Austria we initiated ourselves a cooperation of foundations that are active for the common good. Doing something for society is not a competition. Let's work together.
Cooperation Platforms


Archis SEE Network
In cooperation with local initiatives, this network of independent urban initiatives in South Eastern Europe was launched by architects, planners, artists, urbanists, sociologists and other professionals engaged in the process of improving various political and social dimensions of the urban environment, It fosters the exchange of knowledge and best practices, to integrate the issues discussed in international discourse on urbanism, and to support local initiatives.
European Fund for the Balkans (EFB)
The European Fund for the Balkans is a multi-year joint initiative of four European foundations designed to undertake and support initiatives aimed at bringing the Western Balkans closer to the European Union through grant-giving and operational programmes and, as such, is focused on individuals and organisations from Western Balkan countries. The Fund has been set up by four members of the Network of European Foundations (NEF): the Compagnia di San Paolo, the ERSTE Foundation, the King Baudouin Foundation, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Franz Karl Prüller and Knut Neumayer are member of the Steering Committee on behalf of ERSTE Foundation.
The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA)
ELIA is an independent membership organisation representing approximately 350 higher arts education institutions from over 45 countries and founded in 1990. ELIA represents all disciplines in the arts, including architecture, dance, design, fine art, media arts, music and theatre. Through its members, ELIA represents unique bodies of knowledge and facilitates dialogues, mobility and activities between artists, teachers, administrators, senior managers, key decision makers.
Forum for Roma Inclusion
The Forum for Roma Inclusion is an initiative of the European Foundation Center (EFC). Established in September 2009, it aims to make a distinctive contribution to the European Roma agenda and to mobilise the foundation sector to play a catalytic role in the inclusion of Roma in Europe through sharing and building knowledge, experience and expertise among foundations working on issues of inclusion; providing strategic input to European initiatives looking to reverse the disadvantaged situation of Roma minorities in Europe; and making a concrete contribution to social inclusion and rights agenda of Roma through the design and implementation of joint activities. Dejan Petrovic is Vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee on behalf of ERSTE Foundation.
Grantmakers East Forum
The Grantmakers East Forum is an annual conference held by and for grantmakers working in countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. The Grantmakers East Group (GEG), the Forum’s predecessor, was created in 1992 by a group of European Foundation Centre (EFC) members which were active in the region. The programme concludes each year with its Annual Meeting which takes place in a different country each time. The meetings are attended by private and public grantmakers, including representatives of foundations (EFC members and non-members), bilateral donors, multilateral organisations, and corporate funders.
Roma Education Fund (REF)
The Roma Education Fund (REF) was created in the framework of the Decade of Roma Inclusion in 2005. Its mission and ultimate goal is to close the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma. In order to achieve this goal, the organisation supports policies and programmes which ensure quality education for Roma, including the desegregation of education systems. ERSTE Foundation is contributing via NEF and individually to the programmes of the REF.
Networking European Citizenship Education (NECE)
NECE is an initiative for networking citizenship education in Europe. A variety of activities have been developed within its framework to encourage the organisation of contacts, co-operation and synergies in the field of citizenship education. NECE is not an institutionalised network, but a forum that allows the spectrum of stakeholders involved in citizenship education to interact with one another. The initiative’s chief goal is to promote the Europeanisation of citizenship education, and to contribute to the creation of a European general public.