1992

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, EF is organized under the leadership of its founding chairman Bill Frenzel to support the development of civil society, private enterprise and local democratic institutions in the newly independent states.

1993

EF opens its first field office in Moscow and begins awarding grants to civil society projects and social enterprises in Russia. 

1995

EF launches the Small Business Lending Program (SBLP) to foster entrepreneurship in Armenia and Ukraine. Over the next decade, SBLP helps to introduce small commercial lending practices and creates thousands of jobs. 

1996

EF launches the Economics Education Research Consortium (EERC) to modernize economics education in Ukraine. In 2003, EERC’s Master’s program becomes the Kyiv School of Economics, the leading institution of its kind in Ukraine.

1997

EF breaks the longstanding government monopoly on newspaper printing in Armenia by transforming Gind Printing House into a profitable company that prints half of Armenia’s newspapers. 

2001

AKIpress, an EF-supported journalism outlet, becomes the first independent online outlet covering all of Kyrgyzstan. EF later assists AKIpress to expand its coverage to the wider region with the launch of the Central Asia News Service.

2002

With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, EF launches the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. For over a decade, CRRC has conducted globally-respected public opinion surveys and policy research.

2004

As part of its localization strategy, EF establishes the New Eurasia Foundation (FNE) as a locally registered NGO in Russia.  FNE supports innovative socio-economic development projects at the regional and municipal levels to improve the lives of Russian citizens.

2005

EF launches its local affiliate in Minsk, Belarus, the New Eurasia Establishment (NEE). NEE has been instrumental in building the institutional capacity of Belarusian civil society organizations. 

2005

EF launches the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA) as a locally registered and independent NGO with offices in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. The foundation builds civil society and expands access to justice in the region.

2005

EF supports the establishment of the Foundation for the Future (FFF) to promote civil society development throughout the Middle East.

2007

EF continues its localization strategy by establishing the Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. EPF’s programs focus on citizen monitoring, evidence-based advocacy and policy making, and youth leadership.

2007

EF launches the East Europe Foundation (EEF) in Ukraine. A leading Ukrainian civil society organization in its own right, EEF delivers technical assistance in local economic development, energy efficiency, and good governance.

2007

EF expands into western China, where its programs strengthen the capacity of grassroots civil society organizations and empower women to become community leaders.

2008

EF launches the Bill Maynes Fellowship to honor the foundation's longest-serving president by giving a boost to emerging civil society leaders across the region. Maynes Fellows travel to the United States to meet their American peers and build lasting professional connections.

2009

To expand its work fostering civil society development in countries undergoing transition, EF launches its first online education program in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. 

2010

EF launches the East Europe Foundation (EEF) of Moldova to empower Moldovan citizens and foster sustainable development.   EEF’s  technical assistance programs promote democracy, foster good governance and build economic prosperity.

2012

EF launches the Sarah Carey Program, which includes an annual award, a policy forum, and the Young Professionals Network (YPN). YPN connects young Eurasia specialists in the U.S. with senior policy experts, academics, journalists, and advocates.

2013

EF expands its work in the broader MENA region through the Middle East Network for Internet Protection, a regional advocacy initiative working for greater internet freedom in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Tunisia.