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American Friends of the Czech Republic

  • Washington, DC
  • www.afocr.org

Mission Statement

 Create new initiatives for trade and commerce  Develop opportunities for cultural exchange and appreciation of Czech heritage  Establish educational programs that promote trade, culture and understanding between the US and the Czech Republic  Advocate actions to promote mutual US and Czech Republic national security goals  Promote development of a civil society in the Czech Republic based upon democratic ideals

Main Programs

  1. Wilson Monument Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Washington DC, and the rest of the United States, and the Czech Republic

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Phil Kasik

Keywords

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Civil Society, Education, Democracy

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Also Known As

AFoCR

EIN

52-1921393

 Number

7680137904

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Q01)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Wilson Monument Project

American Friends of the Czech Republic have had several initiatives. On September 19, 2002, the T.G. Masaryk Memorial Statue and Park was unveiled in Washington, DC. This project was established 2 years ago to honor the legacy of the first President of Czechoslovakia, T.G. Masaryk, and celebrate the friendship between the Czech and American people. AFoCR also is working on establishing a T.G. Masaryk Scholarship Program where Czech and Slovak students will be able to participate in established educational programs with a focus on civil society, democracies, and rule of law. AFoCR was asked by the Czech Government to establish the AFoCR, Prague-Needs-Help Flood Relief Fund in August of 2002. This fund will provide assistance to disaster relief efforts in the Czech Republic.

AFoCR is currently working towards restoring the Wilson Monument (that was torn down by the Communist regime in 1941) in the Prague train station.
A memorial monument to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson will return to a location at the main Prague train station that bears his name. The Prague City Council approved the restoration plan in August, 2007,and the memorial is slated to be unveiled in 2009. “We want to rebuild the memorial for many different reasons; primarily because of our respect for Woodrow Wilson, and, secondly, because of respect for our friends in the United States and for our emigrants,” said Prague Mayor Pavel Bem.

American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR) is leading the effort to reerect the Wilson Memorial in Prague as a followup to its related initiative of establishing the Tomas Masaryk Memorial in Washington, D.C., completed in 2002. AFoCR Director Robert Doubek, who is Project Director for the Wilson Memorial, summarized the initiative: “The Wilson Memorial in Prague, as the counterpart of the Masaryk Memorial in Washington, will complete the symbolism of the long-standing ties of friendship and joint democratic values shared by the American and Czech peoples.”

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Service Areas

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International

Washington DC, and the rest of the United States, and the Czech Republic

Funding Needs

A memorial monument to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson will return to a location at the main Prague train station that bears his name. The Prague City Council approved the restoration plan in August, 2007,and the memorial is slated to be unveiled in 2009. “ American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR) is leading the effort to reerect the Wilson Memorial in Prague as a followup to its related initiative of establishing the Tomas Masaryk Memorial in Washington, D.C., completed in 2002. AFoCR Director Robert Doubek, who is Project Director for the Wilson Memorial, summarized the initiative: “The Wilson Memorial in Prague, as the counterpart of the Masaryk Memorial in Washington, will complete the symbolism of the long-standing ties of friendship and joint democratic values shared by the American and Czech peoples.”

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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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American Friends of the Czech Republic

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Principal Officer

Mr. Phil Kasik

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Mr. Kasik is a founding director of AFoCR, and has served as Treasurer since its inception. He is a registered professional engineer with MPR Associates, a consulting engineering firm with principal headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Born in Chicago, Mr. Kasik grew up in the near-west suburb of Berwyn, a community with a strong Czech tradition. Czech traditions have always been a part of his life. When his ancestors arrived from Bohemia in the 1890’s they began working as butchers and eventually opened their own shops in the traditional Czech neighborhoods of Chicago. His grandfather was a member of the Pilsen Butchers, a fraternal organization of Czech butchers. His father and mother attended the Cicero Sokol. Mr. Kasik is a member of SVU, the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, and participates in numerous other Czech heritage and genealogical organizations. In recent years, his business and his interest in Czech culture and genealogy have taken him on numerous trips to the Czech Lands. Now he communicates regularly with his Czech relatives and visits them whenever possible. His familial connections have given special meaning to his work with AFoCR. Mr. Kasik received engineering degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his Master of Science degree. Upon graduating, Mr. Kasik served as a nuclear engineer working in the Division of Naval Reactors, under Admiral H. G. Rickover. Upon completing his Naval service, he joined MPR Associates where he is a partner. A member of the American Nuclear Society and the American Society for Metals, Mr. Kasik currently directs a variety of nuclear projects in both the private and government sectors. He is a trustee of Emmanuel Episcopal Church Foundation in Alexandria, and serves on the Emmanuel Finance Committee. Mr. Kasik resides in Alexandria with his wife Mary."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Fred Malek

Thayer Capital Partners

Term: 1995 -

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