The idea of holding a Burns Supper in Budapest was first raised back in 1997, and the following January saw the inaugural event under the auspices of the Hungarian-Scottish Society at the Trade Unions’ Congress Hall in Budapest.
As the years progressed, the Burns Suppers and the associated fundraising went from strength to strength, and eventually a decision was made to place these activities into a more formal structure. This was brought on by the need for the RBIF’s operations and workings to be as transparent as possible for both our supporters and sponsors, and for any third-parties.
This resulted in the establishing of the Robert Burns International Foundation, and as an official non-profit body we required a professional organisation to handle our finances, which prompted the Curatorium of the RBIF to approach PwC Hungary.
This initial contact triggered a relationship that soon developed into an amazing partnership. PwC is entrusted with the task of making sure our books and finances are kept in order and up-to-date, which they do unwaveringly every year. Not only that, in the spirit of charity and helping sick and underprivileged children in Hungary, PwC works together with KPMG, as KPMG are the Foundation’s appointed auditor. Two competitors in their profession teaming up for the greater good, nothing illustrates the spirit of the RBIF’s supporters and the quality of our background team better than this.
“At PwC Hungary we believe that we can create permanent and sustainable value for our direct and indirect stakeholders through our core professional activities and technical expertise as well as through providing financial support where needed most. Accordingly, we offer pro-bono services to, and team with, organizations who are committed to transparent and sustainable operations and encourage co-operation in support of good causes. The Robert Burns Foundation is such an organisation united behind a great cause, with a purpose similar to ours: to Build Trust in Society and Solve Important Problems, and one we have been proud to support over the past many years.”
Nick Kos, CEO PwC Hungary,
In 2016 PwC decided not only to support the RBIF with their services, but also financially, and made a sizeable donation to the projects that year. In light of the many years as our partner, we were delighted to make PwC our Sponsor of the Year in 2016, and hope that this fruitful and beneficial relationship can continue for many years to come.