August 12, 2006
The Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation awarded a 3-year grant to support the International Collaborative for Public Health Emergency Preparedness (ICPHEP) initiative. This cooperative endeavor involves academic institutions in the US and Czech Republic that are ready to engage in innovative educational programs designed to address the challenges of international public health emergency preparedness. The ICPHEP thrives to be a model for preparing public health professionals, faculty and students to meet the present threats of an avian influenza pandemic as well as the ever-present specter of a natural or man-made disaster, a bioterrorism threat or event, or a radiological or nuclear incident.

July 24, 2006
Two medical students from Charles University Medical School in Prague were accepted for The Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation’s second annual Regina’s Hope Medical Program. Participants will have the unique opportunity to complete a month-long medical training in the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Memorial Hospital, where they will work as part of a multidisciplinary team responsible for the management of complex patients with a variety of hematological conditions and malignancies, including acute leukemia and lymphoma.

May 19, 2006
With the assistance of the Czech Donors Forum, The Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation arranged for an informational meeting between representatives of non-profit foundations in the Czech Republic and Chicago, USA, that are dedicated to saving babies from being abandoned unsafely. Mrs. Dawn Geras, president of the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, will meet with Mr. Ludvik Hess, founder and president of Babybox-Statim Foundation in Prague, on May 30th, 2006. Mrs. Geras and Mr. Hess hope to share knowledge and experiences that will ultimately benefit the lives of children and their parents in both countries.

April 5, 2006
The Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation is proud to sponsor Ms. Sunny Fischer to lecture at the 4th National Conference of Foundations and Non-Profit Funds in Prague, Czech Republic on May 23rd, 2006. Organized by the Czech Donors Forum, this year’s conference will focus on the ‘Social and Economic Potential for Foundations and Non-Profit Funds’.

Ms. Fisher, the Executive Director of The Richard Driehaus Foundation in Chicago, was a founding executive director of one of the first private women’s foundations in the country, The Sophia Fun, and the co-founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women. Ms. Fischer has consulted for many foundations including The Joyce Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Chicago Community Trust. Ms. Fischer has been numerously honored for her work in philanthropy and for her work on non-violence, including the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives Chicago Chapter, the National Network of Women’s Funds, Jewish Women International, the Perlman Humanitarian Award, and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, which gave her its “Point of Lightning” award.

At the Czech National Conference of Foundations and Non-Profit Funds, Ms. Fischer will draw on her vast experience in the non- profit field to discuss the importance of effective communication with the general public, other non-profit institutions and with special interest groups (i.e. women’s rights). For more information about the conference schedule and presentation topics, please visit www.donorsforum.cz.