Donors and Partners


ERSTE Foundation


ERSTE Foundation believes in a united Europe, in a social, cultural and economic area without borders, with all its diverse natural beauty, individualism and identities.

The foundation of the first Austrian savings bank in the early 19th century was a pioneering, civil-society initiative. It empowered people to take their fate into their own hands by making provisions for the future.

ERSTE Foundation initiates and develops projects independently or together with partners in three programmes: Social Development, Culture, and Europe. The three programmes of ERSTE Foundation can be seen as three strategies to create development, give access to ideas and people, and to support positive change.

The Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence was initiated in 2007 by ERSTE Foundation and Robert Bosch
Stiftung, in cooperation with BIRN.

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Supported Projects

Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Network

The Alumni Network, drawing on the work of the Fellowship, aims to promote the ideas of journalistic excellence and spread the concept of free and professional media throughout the region.