The Kazickas Family Foundation


The Kazickas family: Standing from left are Joe,  Michael & John. Seated from left, are Alexandra, Joseph and Jurate. 2006

Working for the welfare of Lithuania

The Kazickas Family Foundation (KFF) was established in 2000. Its mission is to help Lithuania in its post-Soviet development, especially in the areas of education, technology and social welfare.

KFF has distributed more than 1000 computers to urban and rural schools in Lithuania and facilitates computer training programs for students and teachers.

KFF awards prizes and scholarships to talented young people in the sciences and arts. It supports several international exchange programs where young Lithuanian students and entrepreneurs can be exposed to new life experiences, primarily in the U.S. Among these is ASSIST which places international students in prestigious secondary schools in the US.

KFF also makes grants to social welfare programs that help children, especially orphans, and organizations that work to combat AIDS, alcoholism and domestic violence. KFF  supports many cultural and sports events as well as the historical preservation of important architectural abd religious sites in the Old Towns of Vilnius and Kaunas. with other private donors, KFF also helped restore the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. 

In 2004, KFF was a sponsor of the Across Cultures program affiliated with the Women’s Business Exchange which brought 20 women from Estonia and Lithuania to Seattle for two weeks of mentoring and discussions with prominent business people. In May, 2005, a group of American women came to the Baltic countries for meetings and seminars continuing the Across Cultures dialogue.

In 2008, KFF in parternship with the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) held a training seminar for  women journalists from countries from the former Soviet Union.  More than 50 women attended the three day symposium. 

KFF has provided scholarships for worthy Lithuanian students to institutions like the Julliard School of Music and the Graduate School of Yale University. In 2006 KFF endowed a Professorship at the University of Washington for the Institute of Baltic Studies. IN 2010, KFF instituted the Dr. Joseph P. Kazickas Fellowship at Yale University. 

Jurate Kazickas is the President of the foundation. The other board members are Joseph P. Kazickas (chairman emeritus) and his three sons Joseph, Michael and John. KFF has offices in Vilnius and New York.