Non-profit foundations in four countries of central and eastern Europe

Mikko Lagerspetz, Marek Skovajsa

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    The paper presents an analysis of roles and visions of foundations in four Central and Eastern European countries: the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Poland. It offers a comparative account of the relevant legislation and the paths taken by these four foundation sectors in the aftermath of the 1989-91 democratic regime changes. They are depicted against a background characterized, among other things, by a partial demise of the state and rapid development of non-profit organizations. Using the methodology and conceptualizations of the research project Roles and visions of foundations in Europe, the authors describe the role profiles of foundations in these countries. They distinguish between role expectations of foundation stakeholders and the roles foundations are actually able to perform, given existing constraints such as legal regulations and limited own resources. The roles are further analyzed as parts of broader social visions in which foundation representatives and other stakeholders in the four CEE countries prefer to locate them. The dominance of certain roles and visions is explained with reference to specific features of post-communist societies.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)187–208
    Number of pages22
    JournalPolish Sociological Review
    Issue number154
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Czech Republic
    • foundations
    • Hungary
    • Poland
    • post-communist societies
    • third sector

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