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We let our heart be our guide. Alongside these values.
Only in a long-term partnership will we be able to jointly make a positive difference in the world.
A helping hand
We extend a helping hand. We lead by example. We share our skills and experience, give advice, and provide a material and financial support structure.
Return to our roots
We find that, in order to restore self-confidence to people, it is worth going back to our roots and to our cultural heritage of which we may rightfully be proud.
We give individuals and entire communities the courage to develop their potential, so that they may make their ideas and visions become reality.
We change people’s attitudes and way of thinking
Jointly as a team and each of us individually, we are devoted to all the projects, schemes, and programs that enjoy the Foundation’s long-term support. We set the course and move them forward to accomplish our shared vision.
Drag and explore
Three pillars we promote and develop
Natural environment, public space, education, and community life.
The Legacy of Antonín Dvořák
Preserving and promoting the legacy of Antonín Dvořák, supporting cultural projects at home and abroad.
We support individuals and groups who are not afraid of having an opinion of their own, and who stand by their project even in the face of obstacles and unexpected twists and turns along the road.
A Word from the Founders
Throughout the twenty years that I’ve been in business, I’ve held on to the belief that for a business to be successful, it must not only be profitable, but ought to create lasting value for society from the very beginning. The frenzy of the second half of the twentieth century has instilled passivity in a large part of Czech society. We’ve given up on finding solutions to pressing societal issues, and we’re losing our confidence as a nation, and our belief in ourselves. I believe we can turn things around by giving our experience in business back to society.
When we decided on the form in which to do this, we were well aware that we were embarking on a long and arduous path, and that we would only reap the first fruits of our labor after many years. We decided to support projects that change people’s way of thinking and attitudes, restore old communities and create new ones, or change the rules of the game in education, by creating and further developing public space. This is one of the ways that can help people find their place in society. We lead the inhabitants of Czech towns and cities from passiveness to active engagement.
Respect: for us, a key value to live by. Our business is being built on respect towards other people, employees, partners, the society we live in, traditions, and the legacy of our forebears. I believe we should take pride in the work accomplished by those who came before us. We should uphold and preserve their achievements and learn from them. Our particular choice fell on Antonín Dvořák. So that we may kindle self-confidence in people, we go back to our roots and to our cultural heritage of which we may rightfully be proud.
By extending a helping hand, we lead by example. We share our skills and experience, give practical and financial support, and provide visibility to those who rise above their skepticism and find the courage to see their dreams and plans through. We inspire others.
– Karel and Štěpánka Komárek
Jitka was among those who helped set the Proměny Foundation on its way in 2006. She understands her work to be an opportunity to break down prejudices and obsolete stereotypes – because the transformation of public spaces which the Foundation promotes must be preceded by transformations in the minds of people.
Luboš is in charge of the Foundation’s operational and administrative aspects, including the processing and evaluation of grant applications, the preparation of contracts, marketing, and communication.