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WHO WE ARE

Avast Software takes care of your safety and security on the internet, because you have better things to do. We protect over 400 million people from threats with one of the most advanced threat detection networks in the world.

We have gained strength through the devotion of our global community. The Avast Foundation is a way of giving back, both by supporting beneficial causes and through the expertise from our employee base.
Vince Steckler, CEO Avast

What are we about?


We value every one of our users and we have not forgotten the communities we came from. This is why Avast Software donates 2.5 percent of its operating profit to the Foundation. These resources are then used for development projects in the Czech Republic, which has been our home for almost 30 years, and in other places and continents where Avast has offices.

Our History

  • 1988

    First antivirus tool

    Pavel Baudiš, then a researcher at Prague’s Mathematical Machines Research Institute, encounters a sample of the Vienna Virus and, intrigued by it, writes a program to get rid of it. He then shows it to colleague Eduard Kučera and together they start a cooperative, which releases the first avast! antivirus. Due to the political regime they are unable to form a ‘company’ at this time.
  • 1991

    A ‘company’ is born

    Programmer Pavel Baudiš wrote the first antivirus program as early as 1988. He and his life-long friend Eduard Kučera are only now able to form a company after the ‘velvet revolution’. The ALWIL Software company is born.
  • 2001

    Launch of free Avast

    Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš implement an innovative user-community growth strategy, based on the principle that all computer users deserve protection from harmful threats, and that computer safety should not be a luxury some cannot afford. Thus, on June 1, they launch a free antivirus solution for home (non-commercial) use.
  • 2010

    AVAST Foundation formed

    This is the year that company owners Pavel Baudiš and Eduard Kučera form the Avast Foundation, and entrust its management to their wives Jarmila and Milada. The AVAST Foundation focuses primarily on charitable philanthropy and supports the disadvantaged in the Czech Republic.
  • 2013

    We support systemic change

    Our strategic programs focus on developing care at end-of-life and on supporting families with children with a disability. The fundamental value driving our work is quality of human life, self-sufficiency and the right of the individual to freely make decision about their life.
  • 2016

    The Foundation goes global

    The Foundation is growing, thanks to the success of Avast Software. We are accessing interesting projects directly in countries where we have our branch offices through our global community of employees.

OUR MISSION

Personal letter from Jarmila Baudišová

Dear friends,
many years ago AVAST began developing the first antivirus programs in order to protect data and computer security and thus help protect almost half a billion users around the world. The Avast Foundation, which was created six years ago, builds on these values. It helps people facing various problems to achieve better quality of life, to freely make decisions about their life, and to be part of a mutually supportive community.

Our programs primarily focus on systemically supporting care at end-of-life and on supporting families with children with a disability. The beginning and end of life are two stages of life which we believe to be very important. We work together with selected specialists, we pay attention to actual needs and we trust those who have been professionally working in these specific areas for many years. We are also interested in areas such as scientific development, cultural heritage and art, support for sport for the disadvantaged and education.

“For us, the word TOGETHER is key.
Together we are a community, we are stronger,
we support one another, we achieve more.
Together we want to take part in
worthwhile projects.”

AVAST is now a global company with 99% of users outside the Czech Republic. The majority of its employees, however, work in the Czech Republic. That is why we keep our home in mind and primarily support Czech non-profits and projects.

We also have a home and staff in other countries on several continents where all share the same opportunity to engage in supporting their communities through the program Together staff-led. We are excited about all we have achieved during the relatively short existence of the Foundation. We enjoy the support of AVAST management and staff, and are thrilled that their interest in our work continues to grow. Many are working with us and some volunteer on our projects or are themselves volunteers in areas and regions they know well and from which they come. They know that together we can simply do it better.

Jarmila Baudišová
Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees

“We keep our home in mind
and primarily support
Czech non-profits
and projects”

Our Team

We are here for you, so do not hesitate to contact us about your ideas and needs. Contact the person responsible for a given area directly, or use the form below for your questions. Thank you for your interest!

Libuše Tomolová
Executive
Director

Martina Břeňová
Director of Programs and Development

Kateřina Hálová
Communications
Manager

Kateřina Kotasová
Program
Manager

Board of Trustees



Jarmila Baudišová
Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees

Milada Kučerová
Member of the Board of Trustees

Libuše Tomolová
Member of the Board of Trustees

Let’s talk!

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