What We Do
What we want
The main purpose of the foundation is to create a space for spreading systemic innovation in education leading to a healthy society where everyone can develop their potential, find their place and live a happy life. We regard education and a confident civil society as key factors for the prosperity and cohesion of our country.
Our vision and mission
We want children to learn at full throttle, with joy and equal opportunities, to leave school prepared for active professional, civil and personal life in a democratic society of the 21st century. We help to create conditions for the implementation of systemic changes in education and preschool care. We focus on forming long-term and sustainable approaches, which will have a tangible impact on enhancing the learning of children so that they learn to the fullest, healthily and with joy. So that parents will not have to make difficult decisions about which school to apply for because the best school will simply be the nearest one. These principles form an integral part of the Education Strategy 2030+, which we are ready to participate in actively.
What we are following up with
Teaching people to be economical, boosting community life, leading society towards prosperity - these are principles on which Česká spořitelna has been building for more than 200 years. Already at those times, water and sanitation systems were built on the initiative of Česká spořitelna - simply expressed, it supported activities leading to advancement of a local community and helping people in need. And it has continued with this ever since.
In 2002, Česká spořitelna established Česká spořitelna Foundation aimed to help people living at the edge of society and to support social housing. In the same year, termination of anonymous saving books was announced in conjunction with new legislation. Česká spořitelna extended the legal obligation to withdraw the money from these saving books by four additional years. Nevertheless, almost 1.8 billion crowns were left in these anonymous accounts. Spořitelna decided to transfer this money to the newly established Depositum Bonum Foundation, which was education-oriented from the very beginning.
Both foundations coexisted until 2018 and were officially merged in 2019. Česká spořitelna Foundation remains primarily focused on the field of education and promotion of enterprising spirit in the civil sector. Moreover, Foundation awards eminent personalities annually for contributing in very significant ways to the field of education. Our laureates are for example academician Jana Straková; joint author of Hejný method (H-mat) for teaching mathematics Milan Hejný; publicist and populizer of educational topics Tomáš Feřtek, or Arnošt Veselý who conducted a professional debate on state education strategy till 2030 in 2019.
Česká spořitelna Foundation founded
Depositum Bonum Foundation founded
Merger of foundations
How we cooperate with Česká spořitelna
Common objective - prosperity and healthy society. Cooperation with Spořitelna and its employees is essential to us. Together we believe that the road to prosperity is paved with healthy cooperating society and education. We help develop donorship and philanthropy of the employees - we cooperate on grant programmes in which the employees can apply for aid for projects cultivating community life at their place of residence. Together with VIA Foundation, we administer and multiply donation appeals of employees on portal darujme.cz, we organise inspiring events, where the employees of the bank have the opportunity to meet personalities from by us supported organisations.
Last but not least, the Foundation also financially helps employees in straitened circumstances. Together with Social banking of Česká spořitelna, we develop so-called accelerator programs - SIA, IF a FRIN. Participants selected for these programmes receive universal support based on mentoring, training and sharing experience with other participants. Together with Česká spořitelna, we wish to contribute to promoting financial and digital literacy of children. May it be in the form of further developing of unique the educational program of Česká spořitelnaMoney Alphabet, or by establishing cooperative relationships with organisations in this field in the Czech Republic.
The founder of the Foundation is Česká spořitelna