The Foundation for a Civil Society



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The Foundation for Culture and Society (FCS) is a small New York-based nonprofit organization (501 (c) 3), founded by Wendy Luers in January 1990 as Charter 77 New York to respond to the needs Czechoslovakia faced as it transitioned to democracy with offices in New York and Prague. In 1992 it changed its name to The Foundation for a Civil Society. Following the split of Czechoslovakia, FCS established an office in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1993. In the late 90’s and continuing to this day as affiliates of FCS, these offices became the highly successful indigenous NGO’s: Nadace VIA and Nadace Pontis. At the height of its programming in 1996-97, FCS had a staff of 42. On July 31, 1999, the Foundation assumed a new form: smaller, with fewer staff and lower overhead with a major focus on the transfer of “lessons learned” by Czechs and Slovaks to other countries — particularly, but not limited to, the Balkans. FCS possesses strong experience in grants management, technical assistance, and training, and was pivotal in the establishment and strengthening of the non-profit sectors in the region. FCS occasionally travels to and does business for the YVAA, Iran Project and general programming in the various countries: the Czech Republic to Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Albania, and Bulgaria

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Staff at The Foundation for a Civil Society have experience in


  • torts / conflict resolution
  • anti-poverty / social justice
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • events / training
  • economic policy


  • united states
  • indonesia


  • managerial experience
  • business development

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  • United States
  • 25 East End Ave, 1B New York, N.Y.