U.S.-Baltic Foundation

History of The U.S.-Baltic Foundation

The U.S.- Baltic Foundation (USBF) was founded in 1990, prior to Baltic independence, to support democratic and free market reforms in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Under challenging circumstances and with a modest budget, USBF has leveraged individual contributions into more than $8 million and established 11 local democratic institutions in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

USBF Highlights

  • USBF's professional educational and training programs have improved and strengthened local public administration, independent media and NGO development.
  • USBF managed the $2.9 million USAID-funded Democracy Network Program - which later served as the model for the $15 million Baltic American Partnership Fund.
  • The Foundation established Municipal Training Centers, Schools of Public Administration and Independent Media Centers in all three countries
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts selected USBF as one of four "Pew All-Stars" in all of Central and East Europe in 1997
  • USBF has organized over 12 events with Baltic Presidents and Prime Ministers in Washington and New York, and dozens of special programs with business and government leaders in cities across the U.S. and the Baltics
  • USBF helped introduce millions of Americans to Baltic history and culture by assisting in the 3-year production of the public television documentary "One World: The Baltic States" hosted by Charles Osgood.
  • The Foundation sponsored the first-ever tour of Baltic art in the United States in 2000. USBF organized exhibitions at New York's National Arts Club, the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, and prominent venues in Houston, Los Angeles, and Chicago
  • USBF hosted a special event in the U.S. Capitol with Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Representative John Shimkus and the family of late Representative Gerald Solomon, which was attended by 12 U.S. Senators and Members of Congress, including Senators Richard Durbin, Daniel Inouye and Paul Sarbanes, and Representatives Doug Bereuter, Porter Goss, Dennis Kucinich, Tom Lantos and Connie Morella, in 2002.


See a complete list of past USBF Programs in the following areas:

Civil Society

Cultural Exchange

Economic Development

Independent Media

Private Grants to USBF

Public Administration

Public Health

U.S.- Baltic Forums



U.S.-Baltic Resume - download The U.S.-Baltic Foundation's resume.