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The CERGE-EI Foundation is one of the key supporters of economics education in the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the southern Caucasus and Central Asia. Our goal is to drive up the standard of economics education and so help to ensure that the countries in the region remain on the path towards economic and personal freedom. 

The Foundation actively seeks additional donors for its three core areas of activity:

CERGE-EI students come from over 30 countries, in both the post-communist sphere and from other emerging economies. There are a number of opportunities to support CERGE-EI: Donors may choose to fund fellowships for students, support faculty positions, research seminars and projects, expand the library collection, and many other. Support may be restricted to specific regions, CERGE-EI educational programs, and student groups. 

The Program provides a variety of services as well as financial support to newly-qualified academics who choose to work in the region. It is active in most countries across the region. Donors may direct their giving to specific countries or choose to support specific initiatives within the Program. 

The Faculty Development Program is active in most countries across the region. Donors may direct their giving to specific countries. 

CERGE-EI's Digital Media Center is a 80-seat lecture theater and studio equipped with the latest audiovisual technology. CERGE-EI Foundation seeks support for the operations of the center as well as for the live-streamed lectures and seminars that are regularly provided to multiple partner institutions across the region.

We are always delighted to speak with prospective donors. Please direct your questions to Strategic Development and Programs Director, Rachel Shafran at

Fiscal Responsibility and Cost-Effectiveness

The CERGE-EI Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Donations made are fully tax-deductible in the U.S. Donors in the UK or EU who wish to donate through a UK or EU-affiliated entity should contact the Foundation directly for how to proceed.

All donated funds go directly to further CERGE-EI Foundation’s educational mission. The Foundation’s costs are completely covered by the income-producing programs that it administers.  IRS Forms 990 and audited financial statements are available in Financials

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