Inside the Foundation

A look inside ERSTE Foundation’s operating system


ERSTE Foundation protects the shareholder structure of Erste Group and guarantees that its assets remain relevant to its funding principles..


We empower initiatives for change, contribute to civil society development and regional progression.


ERSTE Foundation initiates and acts as innovative driver, connector, and knowledge disseminator in the societies. We aim at understanding and populating the public discourse about the right change we need.

As main shareholder of Erste Group ERSTE Foundation secures the independent future of one of the largest financial services providers in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. As a private Austrian savings banks foundation, the foundation is committed to serve the common good. We invest parts of our dividends into the region in which Erste Group operates.

We focus on four strategic goals

ERSTE Foundation Annual Report 2022