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Portal of the Hungarian Civil Sector

This site attempts to supply Hungarian organizations with guidelines and information for their work, as well as to provide information about the Hungarian nonprofit sector to visitors from abroad. English speakers now have the opportunity to find partner organizations and access information about the Hungarian nonprofit sector at, which includes informational materials and links to Hungarian nonprofit organizations. English data is organised into the following categories: 1% (Searchable database of NGOs eligible for receiving 1%, guide of donation to taxpayers and to employers), Studies (studies about Hungary in English), Database of nonprofit organisations ( Searchable database containing information on 6,500 nonprofit organisations, including contact information, economic figures, and descriptions of the work and projects of individual organisations.), Websites of nonprofits - (links to NGO homepages)

Nonprofit Information & Training Center

The mission of the Nonprofit Information and Training Center Foundation is to strengthen civil society in Hungary by providing capacity building services to the non-governmental organizations and by building an environment supportive of the long-term future of NGOs.

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) is a non-profit human rights watchdog NGO established in Budapest, Hungary at 1994. HCLU is a law reform and legal defence public interest NGO in Hungary, working independently of political parties, the state or any if its institutions. HCLU’s aim is to promote the case of fundamental rights and principles laid down by the Constitution of the Republic of Hungary and by international conventions. Generally it has the goal of building and strengthening the civil society and rule of law in Hungary and the CEE region.

Hungarian Association for Environmentally Aware Management

The Hungarian Association for Environmentally Aware Management (KÖVET), established in October 1995, is an association to promote environmentally aware business management towards enterprises. The main activity of KÖVET is to promote preventive environmental solutions, and ensure information exchange primarily in the business sector. The organization acts as a platform for ongoing information exchange, with the aim of promoting environmentally aware business management, to find new ways for industry to reduce its environmental impacts and to help to use this as a basis for a competitive advantage. Their long-term goal is to assist organizations to become sustainable and responsible for the society.

DélUtán - Telephone Help-line for the Elderly

Many elderly people suffer from a new situation brought on by retirement and the psychological and physical burdens of inactivity. They ought to find a new community and sensible new goals. Our call centre offers assistance and ideas to facilitate this. Besides the elderly, their younger relatives are also at a loss as to how they can help. Careful listening, understanding and sharing their concerns may ease their uncertainties.

Motiváció - Helping Disabled People

The aims of the MOTIVACIO Foundation for Helping Disabled People is to offer various services for disabled people and to carry out projects and take part in activities which promote the integration of disabled people into the society. During more than 15 years of existence, the Foundation has realized various initiatives to help the acceptance of disabled people as equal citizens with the same personal rights and claims for human dignity as other people.

Hungarian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability

Hungarian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability (ÉFOÉSZ) was established 25 years ago (Hungarian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability) as an umbrella body for organizations concerned with the care and rehabilitation of people with intellectual disability in Hungary. One of the main goal of ÉFOÉSZ is to represent the interests of the people living with intellectual disability and their families in national level and also in international organizations such as EDF, Inclusion Europe, Inclusion International. On the other hand, ÉFOÉSZ's objective is to support persons with intellectual disability in the field of having equal rights, equal opportunities and leading a life without having to rely on others, while actively participating in social life as visible citizens.

Hand in Hand Foundation

The Hand in Hand Foundation (Kézenfogva Alapítvány) was founded in 1993 with the aim to improve the situation of children and adults with intellectual and multiple disability, their families, their caretakers as well as specialists and NGOs at national level. The Foundation considers as one of their most important tasks to form public opinion. Public appearances of the president, Mrs. Zsuzsa Göncz serve for drawing attention to the needs and problems of our disabled fellowmen and to our responsibility for them. The Foundation contacts possibly every NGO in the country that provide services for people with mental or multiple disabilities supporting them by providing them with information and consultation as well as by organising conferences and other professional programmes for them. The aims of the foundation are: Improving the living condition of children and adults with intellectual and multiple disability, promoting their development, Helping their caretakers and specialists by organizing trainings, Promoting the inclusion of people with intellectual and multiple disability.

National Association for Consumer Protection

Hungary was one of the first countries in Central and Eastern Europe to develop a consumer association. Originally established in 1982 as the National Consumer Council, it was re-established in its present form as the National Association for Consumer Protection in Hungary (NACPH) – Országos Fogyasztóvédelmi Egyesület (OFE) – in 1991. NACPH is a voluntary, non-profit organisation furthering public interest that acts both as a federation of local consumer groups and as a national pressure group. The membership of NACPH comprises regional consumer groups in each of the counties and local consumer groups in several towns within Hungary. NACPH has steadily gained much of its strength from the willingness of both individual and corporate members – besides experts from various areas from legal advise, through food safety and finance, to media and PR, as many as 2000 volunteers are currently involved in our work – devoting their time and expertise for the benefit of consumer protection and for NACPH in particular.

Erőforrás Foundation - United Way Hungary

United Way Hungary operates as the central coordinator for the national United Way network, linking affiliates, managing a national fundraising strategy and providing training throughout the locally-based network. The United Way distributes funds across Hungary through a transparent grants program which supports quality projects in health care, education and social services. Of particular interest this year are programs that help families with chronically ill or disabled children and those that re-train unemployed workers for a new job market. Nonprofit organizations can receive grants through a bidding process, in which an independent, voluntary committee judges their application.

Hungarian National Health Foundation

The mission of the Hungarian National Heart Foundation is to reduce cardiovascular diseases so that it is no longer the primary cause of death and a major factor of early disability in Hungary. Aims of the Hungarian National Heart Foundation: to reduce cardiovascular diseases, to coordinate activities of heart foundations in Hungary, to represent Hungary in international organizations, to fight against sudden cardiac death, to prevent childhood obesity, to inform about prevention and care of cardiovascular diseases.

World Heart Day Hungary

On the last Sunday of September, on the occasion of World Heart Day, the Hungarian National Heart Foundation and the Hungarian Society of Cardiology draw special attention to the rising incidence of heart diseases and to the need for preventive measures at an event organised in the Városliget in Budapest.

Open Garden Foundation

The Open Garden Foundation (NyKA), as a civil organization, seeks to address environmental, social and economic problems in a practical, integrated way by establishing local organic food systems. Local food systems endeavor to develop a mutual understanding and respect between producers, consumers and Nature. NyKA builds organic food communities, and demonstrates in practice the principles of environmentally-sound livelihood. NyKA runs education projects to raise environmental consciuosness, and provides employment opportunities for people with special needs.