The Hungary Initiatives Foundation is an independent, US-based non-partisan and non-profit organization committed to strengthening the understanding and cooperation between Hungary and the Unites States of America. The Foundation is the first of its kind in the long history of the Hungarian diaspora.
The relationship and friendship between the United States and Hungary is a special one. The history of our nations has been intertwined for a long time. The first large wave of Hungarian immigrants came to America in 1849. The great Hungarian national hero, Lajos Kossuth was greeted here in America upon his visit with the warmest reception. Hungarian forty-niners fought in the civil war. Several of the greatest Hungarian scientists and artist lived and became important parts of world history here in America. The US opened its doors to the refugees of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Since the democratic transition in 1989, we have developed close and successful cooperation in several key areas. The United States and Hungary are important strategic allies, among others in NATO, where the two countries have worked closely on several missions. The latest example of this strong bond is the mission in Afghanistan, where Hungary contributed to the joint efforts with critical capabilities and where Hungarian and Americans soldiers carry out complex operations together.
We share fundamental cultural values, deep historic ties, and a dedication to the promotion of individual human rights, protected and exercised through democratic governance. The United States is also a special country for Hungary, as the largest Hungarian diaspora today lives here, almost 1,6 million Hungarian Americans, who have become important members of American society while also cherishing and nourishing their Hungarian roots and traditions.
The Hungary Initiatives Foundation was initially funded by the Hungarian government to deepen this valuable historic relationship and friendship between our countries and is the first of its kind in the long history of the Hungarian diaspora.
The Hungary Initiatives Foundation is a solely charitable organization. The Foundation will pursue its mission and goals by supporting Hungarian-American organizations and by supporting programs that strengthen interaction and cooperation between Hungarian and American citizens and institutions. In particular, the Foundation is focused on supporting cultural, educational and scholarly activities. The Foundation does not participate in any ways in political activities, political or election campaigns.
The Foundation is governed and overseen by an independent Board of Trustees, comprised of public figures and businessmen who have achieved significant results in their own areas of expertise and are committed to strengthening the diaspora and improving American-Hungarian relations.