We started our work in 2009.
But our connection with Bulgaria dates back more than
In Europe, the Berlin Wall Falls
In the United States, the US Congress Passes the SEED Act
The Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund
The Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund
Invests in Bulgarian Businesses
The Bulgarian American Credit Bank
Bulgaria Becomes a Member of the
BACB Is Sold
The America for Bulgaria Foundation
ABF Founding President, BAEF and BACB President and CEO, Frank Bauer, Awarded
Order of Madara Horseman by the
President of Bulgaria
Muzeiko Opens to Children and Families
American Optimism Meets Bulgarian Potential: America for Bulgaria Foundation Unveils New Identity
ABF Acquires its Home at 6 Malyovitsa Street
In 1996, the building’s restoration began after international developer Litexco Bulgaria acquired the first floor and entrusted the job to architect Roussi Dellev and the restoration team of Nikolay Ivanov - ОМ. In 2013, the building was declared one of the five best-restored historic buildings in Sofia by a national poll conducted by Bulgarian National Television. In 2018, the house at 6 Malyovitsa Street was included in “Vienna’s Creative Influences on Sofia Architecture” temporary exposition at the Sofia History Museum.
ABF Celebrates Ten Years of Workin Bulgaria
United against COVID-19 Fund provides emergency relief to Bulgarian communities
Between March and May 2020, the United against COVID-19 Response Fund offered emergency relief worth over 1 million levs to 112 medical establishments, civil society organizations, municipalities, community centers, schools, and small businesses reaching 700,000 people across Bulgaria. An undertaking led by the Foundation in partnership with the US Embassy, Bulgarian Donors’ Forum, and American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, the United Fund was one of the first nationwide initiatives in response to the pandemic.
Thanks to the donations of 44 corporate and individual donors, the funded organizations have provided medical equipment, protective gear, and supplies to physicians and patients as well as food, medicine, and PPE to elderly people, the sick, children, the unemployed, and other vulnerable groups.
At the pandemic’s outset, ABF also donated 300,000 levs to Pirogov Emergency Hospital and Alexandrovska University Hospital in support of their efforts in the fight against COVID-19 at the national level. In November 2020, the US Embassy and ABF launched Healing Together, a $1 million initiative to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Bulgaria.
Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis opens its doors
After seventeen centuries, the Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis is welcoming visitors again. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on April 18, UNESCO World Heritage Day, concluding a seven-year effort brought about through a public-private partnership between the America for Bulgaria Foundation, Plovdiv Municipality, and the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture and through the support of dozens of businesses and countless volunteers.
The basilica reveals over 2,000 square meters of Roman mosaics from 4th–6th century AD, exhibited on two levels. The project includes an interactive Discovery Zone and a mosaic-themed playground for the youngest museumgoers, while interactive exhibits and virtual reality ensure that all visitors have an unforgettable, immersive museum experience.
The Bishop’s Basilica is the largest early-Christian temple found in Bulgaria and probably among the first built after the legalization of Christianity in the Roman Empire in 313 AD. Rediscovered during construction work in the 1980s, the Basilica and its mosaics are a treasure trove of information that holds the key to many secrets of that fascinating time.
The Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis is on the UNESCO tentative list and is pursuing inclusion on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.