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About Us

The Hungarian Heritage Foundation of the San Francisco Bay Area (HHFSF) is an established, 501(c)3, non-profit organization of the Hungarian-American community of Northern California.

Historical Background

Hungarian refugees arrived in the SF bay area in great numbers after the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight in 1956, and swelled the number of Hungarians already living here. Soon they began to organize and eventually bought a property to serve as a Hungarian House in San Francisco, in 1969. 

As Hungarian-Americans dispersed around the Bay Area, leaders of the Hungarian House decided in 1991 to sell the Geary Street property, which needed major renovations and a seismic retrofit. With the sale of the property the Magyar Jövő Alap (Hungarian Future Fund) committee was formed from Hungarian House leaders and representatives of several other Hungarian organizations, to promote Hungarian cultural activities until a new center could be established. Over the years other Bay Area Hungarian groups* joined or worked with the Jövő Alap to keep our heritage alive for us and our children. The Jövő Alap has now inspired the creation of the Hungarian Heritage Foundation of the San Francisco Bay Area.

A non-profit organization was established and formally registered in California, in March 2009.

* The following organizations have worked in conjunction with the Magyar Jövő Alap and the HHFSF:

  • Berkeley "Magyarok" List
  • Corvinus Hungarian Cultural Group
  • Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble
  • First Californian Hussar Regiment
  • Free Magyar Reformed Church, San Francisco and Vicinity
  • Harangvirág Játszóház (Playhouse)
  • Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary - San Francisco
  • Hungarian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Hungarian Catholic Mission
  • Hungarian Cultural Center
  • Hungarian Engineers, Scholars and Technicians Friendship Society
  • Hungarian Freedom Fighters Federation Inc., S. F. Area Chapter
  • Hungarian Scout Troops 77 & 43 - San Francisco
  • Kővirág Ensemble
  • MHBK - Hungarian Veterans’ Association
  • Neumann Society
  • San Jose Magyars - Hungarian Soccer Team
  • Stephaneum Szent István Ház
  • United Hungarian Fund

The goals of the Foundation are

►To promote, share and educate the public about Hungarian culture, history, language, music, art and dance.
►To engage in charitable activities of importance to the Hungarian-American community.
►To organize support for the purchase of a property for a Hungarian Cultural Center.


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The Hungarian Heritage Foundation of the San Francisco Bay Area promotes, shares and educates the public about Hungarian culture, language and art.

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Victoria Szabo-Lengyel

Szilvia Gilbert