In 2003, ERSTE Foundation evolved out of the Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse, the first Austrian savings bank. Currently, ERSTE Foundation is the main shareholder of Erste Group. The foundation invests in the development of societies in Austria and Central and South Eastern Europe. It supports social participation and civil-society engagement; it aims to bring people together and disseminate knowledge of the recent history of a region that has been undergoing dramatic changes since 1989. As an active foundation, it develops its own projects within the framework of three programmes: Social Development, Culture and Europe.
Interkulturelles Zentrum (IZ) is an independent non-profit organization based in Vienna, Austria. Since 1987 IZ has been supporting international school partnerships, cross-border cooperation in the field of education, international youth work as well as intercultural education and diversity management in Austria and abroad. Since 2007, IZ has been National Agency for the EU youth programme (Youth in Action, Erasmus+). The organization is led by a full-time management team and a honorary board of directors made up of experts.
Nadácia Slovenskej sporitel'ne
Nadácia Slovenskej sporiteľne (Foundation of Slovenska sporitelna), established in 2004 in Bratislava, belongs to the largest corporate foundations in Slovakia. The aim of the foundation is to support projects which contribute to the increase of quality of life in Slovakia and in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It supports activities and initiatives in education, sports, culture, social aid, health and environmental protection.
From 2009-2015 the civic association VČELÍ DOM was the Slovak partner organisation in aces. It finished its activities at the end of 2015. On 01.01.2016 its projects, including aces, were transferred to Nadácia Slovenskej sporitel'ne which continues the aces activities.