Green Foundation is a young Slovak program-based Foundation transcending Central Europe that primarily focuses on developing social innovation, adapting society to major challenges such as climate change, new technologies, and supporting young people’s civic engagement. Green Foundation is currently concentrating its attention on the program Roots & Shoots by Jane Goodall and development of coworking and community center of great ideas – Búdka 22.
The Green Foundation was established by entrepreneur and philanthropist Boris Zeleny on December 22, 2015, with the aim to develop his philanthropic activities in Slovakia. In 2016, the Foundation supported small projects such as the International Film Festival Ekotopfilm, TrashOut, or Your Buddy. (For more information on supported projects and how to apply for support).
In 2017, the Foundation has been restructured, along with a redesign of its identity.
Matúš is responsible for the management of the foundation.
Simona is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Roots & Shoots International Education Program. She graduated in Ecology and Aesthetics at Masaryk University in Brno. She completed her Internship program in Pilsen in 2015 – in the European Capital of Culture and in Pěstuj Prostor, where she was involved in different community projects. She has also been involved in various forms of volunteering both at home and abroad and is interested in participatory approaches to education.
Ladislav is a lecturer of the Roots & Shoost Slovakia. In his career in the last 10 years he has been involved in environmental education and education for a sustainable life. In cooperation with mayors, farmers and volunteers, he planted about 5,000 trees in the country within past 5 years. He has extensive experience with participatory planning methods in a cultural landscape which have contributed to the sustainability of the projects implemented. He studied at the Technical University of Zvolen at the Department of Planning and Landscape Design.
Katka is the project manager of the Academy of Social Economics.
Eva takes care of the foundation house “Búdka 22”, community and rent.
Chairman of the Board
Founder and philanthropist
Michaela Ikrényi Lazarová
Trainer and lecturer
Director of the Center for Environmental Activities