„Pomáháme lidem s těžkým zrakovým postižením.“

Who we are ​

The Mathilda Endowment Fund (hereinafter also EF) was established in 2010 and its mission is to support people with severe visual impairments. We look for, support and implement meaningful projects that make their lives easier for these people. On the one hand, we focus on projects that help educate blind and partially sighted people and, ultimately, make a significant contribution to their integration, including employment. We also deal with the education and training of guide dogs, which for many of them become indispensable helpers. We also create various cultural activities enabling the self-realization of young blind artists.

EF Mathilda is named after its patron and founder, Countess Mathilda Nostitz. More detailed information about Mrs. Mathilda can be found on the Patronka page.

The main idea of the NF is to connect three groups of people – those who need help with those who want to help and with those who know how to do it. Due to the limited financial support from the state, the endowment fund also deals with charitable activities which, in addition to obtaining financial resources, also acquaint the public with the issue of the visually impaired.

The Mathilda Endowment Fund mainly deals with the activities for the severely visually impaired:

  • acquisition (purchase, own breeding), education and training of guide dogs

  • supporting, in particular, young musical performers by organizing concerts at which they perform and purchasing quality musical instruments

  • remote IT support and organizing special computer courses

  • publishing an audio magazine and maintaining an electronic book database

  • organizing a number of meetings and social events for the visually impaired

More information about the above projects, including a number of photos illustrating the atmosphere of individual events, can be found on the Projects page.

The EF mainly employs blind people or people with a severe visual impairment. It also works with a number of friends who support it on a voluntary basis. Let our dear friend Eva Holubová be an example for everyone. We also work with a team of guide dog trainers, without whom we would not be able to fulfill one of the main missions of the NF, ie the education and training of guide dogs. In fulfilling this mission, we also rely on various partners from both the commercial and non-profit, respectively state and municipal spheres. An overview of our important partners can be found on the Partners page.


Countess Mathilda Nostitz

V NF pracují především lidé nevidomí nebo lidé s vážnou zrakovou vadou. NF také spolupracuje s řadou přátel, kteří jej podporují na dobrovolném základě. Příkladem za všechny budiž naše milá kamarádka Eva Holubová. Spolupracujeme také s týmem cvičitelů vodicích psů, bez nichž bychom nemohli plnit jedno z hlavních poslání NF, tj. výchovu a výcvik vodicích psů. Při plnění tohoto poslání se opíráme i o různé partnery jak z komerční, tak z neziskové, respektive státní a municipální sféry. Přehled našich významných partnerů naleznete na stránce Partneři.


Mrs. Mathilda Nostitzová was born at the chateau in Planá near Mariánské Lázně as the eldest daughter of Count Karel Nostitz. Although her ancestors declared their Czech nationality, after the Communists came to power, the family left Czechoslovakia in June 1948. In 1970, Mathilda Nostitz married Italian diplomat Mario Quagliotti and accompanied him in many countries around the world. From 2006 to 2015, her husband held the office of Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta to the Czech Republic. Although the Countess has lived abroad since she was 12 years old, she has always been actively interested in the situation at home, where she could return only after 1989. Today she resides alternately in the Czech Republic and Italy.

The name of Countess Mathilda Nostitz understandably appears in connection with all events and projects implemented by the Mathilda Endowment Fund, of which she is a co-founder and patron.

She says:

„Help is not a question of money, but of the heart.“

You may be wondering how it all started? Why is Mrs. Mathilda dedicated to helping the blind? And where would she like to go in this area? You can find a lot of interesting information under the link to the article for Hospodářské noviny from November 2018.

How much it costs?

The mission of EF Mathilda would not be possible without the dedicated work of our employees, friends and the support of our partners. The individual activities of the NF are variously organizationally and financially demanding, and we are convinced that it is not only important, but also necessary and instructive to be aware of this fact. We obtain finance both from our partners and through our own charitable activities, such as various auctions, the sale of our own calendar and a number of additional items through the e-shop, the organization of a charity golf tournament or a gala concert at the Estates Theater.

So what do our projects cost for clients?

While the organization of social and cultural events for the visually impaired involves costs in the thousands of crowns, the organization of concerts and the acquisition of musical instruments is already tens of thousands. Similar amounts are also required by remote IT support for the blind and the organization of special courses. 

However, the most expensive is the acquisition, education and training of guide dogs.

Minimum care for one dog includes its purchase, training, quality food, regular veterinary inspections, costs of trainers, handing over the dog, including equipment needed for the work of a guide dog and subsequent care of the client – working with the client after handing over the dog, teaching routes, assistance in living with a young dog. The whole process takes 6-8 months, comes to almost 300 thousand crowns and usually pays 90% of this amount after proving the costs incurred by labor offices.


Minimum care for one dog includes its purchase, training, quality food, regular veterinary inspections, costs of trainers, handing over the dog, including equipment needed for the work of a guide dog and subsequent care of the client – working with the client after handing over the dog, teaching routes, assistance in living with a young dog. The whole process takes 6-8 months, comes to almost 300 thousand crowns and usually pays 90% of this amount after proving the costs incurred by labor offices.


The next step is to raise puppies from eight weeks to one year. It is an insurmountable period of socialization and preparation of small puppies for demanding training of guide dogs. The whole process of training one dog will thus take us almost two years, which again increases costs. In addition, at any time during the period of upbringing and training, it may happen that the dog is withdrawn from training due to health, unsuitability of nature or others, and does not complete the training of the guide dog. Unfortunately, this situation inevitably occurs. Every fourth dog is excluded from education or training, in which case the state does not reimburse any costs associated with this excluded dog.

The standards of the International Federation of Guide Dogs result in the mandatory training of instructors – trainer of guide dogs. Each of our trainers is required to undergo a training course for instructors of spatial orientation and independent movement of blind people. The costs of training trainers are also not reimbursed by labor offices.

Thus, although the financial support of the state is significant, it is provided only after the dog is handed over to the client, ie more than two years from the beginning of the puppy preparation, and does not take into account all costs that modern guide dog training includes. However, cooperation with our partners allows us to constantly increase the quality of trained guide dogs. Thank you to everyone who helps us in our efforts!

We recommend

There are several organizations working with visually impaired people. Those that offer these people help and support in some way, or jobs directly. Over the years, people from EF Mathilda have had the opportunity to get acquainted with the work of some of them.

And it is on the basis of this closer cooperation and our good experience so far that we can recommend the following companies on behalf of EF.


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Mathilda Endowment Fund

Krakovská 22
110 00 Prague 1
Tel: +420 222 710 902
e-mail: info@mathilda.cz



Nadační fond Mathilda

Seifertova 25
130 00  Praha 3

IČ: 24771422

entered in the Foundation Register kept by the Municipal Court in Prague in section N, insert 814

IBAN: CZ67 0300 0000 0002 4003 4015

Benefit account number: 85048504/0300
IBAN: CZ55 0300 0000 0000 8504 8504


Management EF Mathilda 

Luboš Krapka – director
tel.: +420 222 710 903
mobile: +420 737 588 050


Guide dog training 

Ing. Hana Jasenovcová – head of guide dog training
mobile: +420 733 515 799


Technical Support Center (talking PCs and talking phones) 

Tomáš Pavlán
mobile: +420 602 331 994

Jiří Zadražil
mobile: +420 602 331 995


Digital library 

Jiří Škrába – library administrator

mobile: +420 603 421 054


One World magazine 

Jiří Mayer – editor
mobile:+ 420 774 564 599



Alice Horná

mobil: +420 724 148 084