People in VIA
Amb. Adrian Basora, Philadelphia
Clare Brooks, London
Milton Cerny, Washington, DC
Peter Hero, San Jose
Amb. William Luers, New York
Wendy Luers, New York
Jaroslava Moserova, Prague
Lenka Mrázová, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Dagmar Štěpánková, Prokurista-DMD, v.o.s
Jiří Teichmann, Ernst & Young
Ivan Dvořák, Chairman of the Board, Societas Rudolphina
Ondřej Klofáč, Tax Advisor
Michal Nosek, Chairman of the Board, Plastika, a.s.
Ludmila Nutilová, Economic Consultant
Martin Poláček, Eurokonsult
Danica Siváková JT International, spol. s r.o.
Jan Školník HOBRA – Školník s.r.o.
Václav Šrámek, Tax Advisor
Michal Valenčík, Česká spořitelna, a.s.
As Via's Executive Director, Jiří is responsible mainly for working with
the Board of Directors, Via's financial planning and oversight, communication
with major donors, and strategic program planning. Before joining Via
in 1997, Jiří had worked as a freelance consultant for NGOs and Czech
municipalities. Prior to that, he also worked as a Project Manager and
Management Consultant with a Prague-based consulting firm CS-Project,
Jiří received his Masters degree at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is a member of several global networks that promote development of community philanthropy. For the past 21 years, Jiri enjoys playing fastpitch softball. Nothing can be better than to hitting a line drive double after a long and stressful work day.
Director for Philanthropy Development
Táňa is responsible for one of the main programmatic components at Via - the development of philanthropy - working with donors, potential philanthropic partners, and promoting better philanthropic practices. Tana also consults corporations on the creation of possible non-profit partnerships and on the selection of publicly beneficial topics for corporate philanthropic giving.
Táňa is a graduate of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. Prior to working with Via, she was a small grants manager of the USAID Democracy Network Program at The Foundation for a Civil Society and in 1993-1995, a Protocol officer at the US Embassy in Prague. Together with Jiří Bárta and Wendy Luers, she founded the Via Foundation in 1997. Her hobbies are cycling, skiing and hiking.
Manager for Philanthropy Development
She is working with donors, potential philanthropic partners, and promoting better philanthropic practices.
Hana is responsible for the smooth and effective functioning of the program department. She also concentrates on projects supporting nonprofit development including the Non-Governmental Organization Sustainabily Program and the Academy of Social Enterpreneurship. Before joining the VIA Foundation in 2001, she worked as Fundraising Director with an international environmental organization. Her family lives in the countryside where she enjoys gardening. She is especially proud of her herbs and spices garden.
Alexandra has been with Via since its founding in 1997. Originally hired as a financial assistant, she now is the Via Foundation's Financial Director. She was born and raised in Northern Moravia and has participated in numerous training programs focused on NGO financial management.
Alexandra´s hobbies are culture, especially music, sports and traveling.
She is responsible for the planning and implementation of the development program, working with individual donors and foundations since 2011.
Donor Services Specialist
Eva is primarily responsible for realisation of planned fundraising activities and communication with the donors.
Markéta is responsible primarily for the T-Mobile Fund as Project Manager.
Ondřej is responsible primarily for the Guide to Pitfalls in the Nonprofit Sector as Project Manager.
Alžběta is responsible primarily for the T-Mobile Fund as Project Manager. After earning a degree in social science in Prague and Dűsseldorf, she worked as a cultural assistant for the German minority in Czech Republic.
Katka works as Project Manager since September 2002. She leads both the "Helping People Improve Their Communities" program which assists the revitalization and construction of public spaces in the Czech Republic and the Via program in partnership with Ceská Sporitelna supporting community centers for at-risk youth. Katka also is responsible for the development project "Transformation Cooperation with the Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF)" which is aimed at sharing the organizational experience with a similar foundation based in Serbia.
Kateřina worked as Office Manager at Via since 2002. From the beginning of 2006, she took on a new role as Project Coordinator working in support of Via's program staff. As Katka says, "I love it; I have the possibility to be involved with the projects we support." She additionally is responsible for Via's website.
After graduating university, Katka worked in an environmental nonprofit organization and in a food production company, both jobs in office management. When she's not tackling project challenges at the office, she enjoys painting, baking cakes, culture, and being outdoors.
Marta has been Via's Office Manager since September 2006. She was born and raised in Prague and has worked as production manager in various spheres of culture (including music, sports, and film), printing publication, and designer at a zoological garden. Her hobbies are culture, being outdoors, animals, and sports.
Olga is a new member of the Via team. Her previous job experiences range from hotel business through music management to film production for American/ English film productions. She is a strong believer in the civil society and a passionate animal rights fighter. Her hobbies are music, modern art, travel and animals..
Editor in Chief, The Art of Giving Magazine
First edition of The Art of Giving Magazine was published in May 2012. Our goal is to inspire Czech major donors so that their charitable giving is smart, strategic and well though out. We will cover inspiring stories of people who care about their communities while documenting impacts of philanthropic giving. We will also bring inspirational interviews, philanthrophy facts, tips and giving guides. During my time in Via – besides publishing Via Bona Times – I would also love to find out why Czech media do not cover more philanthropic themes and issues, which are quite often pretty interesting. I came to Via Foundation from the weekly news magazine TYDEN and I am grateful for this opportunity to try something new in my career. It is thanks to the Vodafone Foundation Czech Republic and to its innovative program „World of Difference“.
Helen Lenda - Community Development