World Bank Hires Community Foundation Specialist
Dr. Juraj Mesík of Slovakia has been selected to be the World Bank's Senior Community Foundation Specialist as part of a World Bank/Council on Foundations joint initiative funded in part by the Ford and C.S. Mott foundations. In 1994, Dr. Mesík founded the Banská Bystrica Healthy City Community Foundation, one of the first community foundations in posy-communist Europe, and he chaired the foundation's board until 2002. Dr. Mesík also served for eight years as Director of the Ekopolis Foundation - Environmental Partnership for Central Europe in Slovakia. He is a medical doctor and former member of the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly. His responsibilities at the World Bank will include educating staff about the community foundation concept and identifying appropriate mechanisms for bank support of community foundations in developing countries.
International Dateline (Quarterly of the Council on Foundations), Issue 65, First Quarter 2003
Ekopolis Foundation is one of two Slovak partner organisations of the Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe.