OUR HISTORY

This year, the Pontis Foundation celebrates the 22nd anniversary of its establishment. This is how we have grown and evolved so far:

1997

The Civil Society Foundation is established

1998

We organise the first year of Via Bona Slovakia Awards and motivational campaign Rock the Vote (Rock Volieb) at the occasion of the ’98 parliament election

Due to the Rock the Vote (Rock Volieb) election campaign, the number of first-time voters increased by 60% compared to previous elections.

2001

We transform and change our name to the “Pontis Foundation“

2003

The first endowment funds are established

Cuban dissident Oswald Paya during his visit to Slovakia.

2004

We found the Business Leaders Forum and organise the first Corporate Responsibility Conference (today’s CEE CSR Summit)

2007

We organise the first corporate volunteering event “Our Town” (then called “Our Bratislava”)

“Our Bratislava“ transformed into an event called “Our Town“, the biggest corporate volunteering event in Slovakia.

2008

We hold the first year of the Corporate Philanthropy Forum

The Corporate Philanthropy Forum was first held in 2008.

2010

We launch the first development cooperation project in Kenya and an individual donation programme called DobraKrajina.sk

2011

We launch the Pro Bono Attorneys initiative and the Heart for Children charity project

The aim of the Heart for Children project is to help improve lives of children with serious health and social disadvantages.

2012

We organise the first edition of the Development and Democracy International Conference and establish the Transparent Slovakia Fund

2014

We co-found the Association of Corporate Foundations (ASFIN)

2015

We create a map of social innovators who contribute to changing Slovakia for the better

The Business Leaders Forum has become an administrator of the Charter of Diversity Slovakia.

2017

We launch the Generation 3.0 programme to promote innovative approaches to education and the Charter of Diversity initiative

2018

We launch a unique non-profit accelerator called MentorExpress: Generation 3.0 Accelerator which is designed for non-profit education projects and schools

Finalists and winners of the Generation 3.0 Awards became a part of the pilot year of MentorExpress.

2019

From September, the Pontis Foundation will have two executive directors. Its leadership will be taken over by the current programme directors – Martina Kolesárová and Michal Kišša. Both will be statutory representatives of the foundation and their competences will be shared. The current head of the foundation Lenka Surotchak has decided to resign from the post of executive director. However, she is not leaving the Pontis Foundation. Lenka will become a member of the board of directors in autumn.

Lenka Surotchak (48) has led the Pontis Foundation strategically and executively since 2002.

On the 26th November 2019, the Pontis Foundation in cooperation with the Town of Trnava presented a unique extra-curricular centre Future DIFFERENTLY. In its first year, it will open its doors to 25 children who will experience a world of unknown innovation and technology which they would not be able to access otherwise. The aim is that the centre helps pupils develop different skills, which they will acquire by working on their own projects. Top personalities of Slovak business will accompany the children throughout the process.

Who we are

We link together companies, non-governmental organisations, state institutions, communities, and individuals to make positive changes in education, responsible entrepreneurship, and fight against corruption and poverty.


Pontis Foundation
Zelinarska 2821 08
Bratislava


Contact:
Phone: (+421 2) 5710 8111
pontis@pontisfoundation.sk
Contact for media:
Phone: (+421 2) 5710 8113
pr@pontisfoundation.sk

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