Ana Divac is an actress graduated from the Academy of Drama Art in Belgrade, Serbia. In 1989, with the drafting of her husband, Vlade Divac, into the NBA, she moved to the U.S. where she was running several successful businesses. She got the award for “Most Successful Business Woman” on the West Coast in 2004. During the civil wars in former Yugoslavia, she gathered members of the art community to speak out against the war, and co-produced/co-directed two theater plays on the topic. Ana and Vlade established the Humanitarian Organization Divac (HOD) in the United States, through which they provided humanitarian help and educational programs for children in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and China. Ana is dedicated philanthropist, focused on supporting kids and refugees.
In June 2007, Ana and Vlade, on the occasion of Vlade’s retirement from the NBA, decided to focus and formalize their humanitarian and charity efforts of the previous 18 years into a Serbian registered organization that they would utilize to leverage their own financial inputs and brand image with contributions sought from the private business sector, individual citizens and government institutions to make a difference in social causes that were of great importance in Serbia. The Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation was created with an initial focus on addressing the problem of refugees and internally displaced persons still living in collective centers throughout Serbia, some as many as 15 years after fleeing their homes. Through its “You Can Too!” Initiative, the Foundation has helped more than 1500 people successfully move from collective centers and settle into a village house and economic and social integration assistance.
In addition to supporting refugees and displaced persons, the Foundation is dedicated to creating better conditions for upbringing children and young people, the development of philanthropy in Serbia and social entrepreneurship. Since its the Foundation has provided assistance to more than 700,000 people through various support programs with the support of more than 400 volunteers, 650,000 individuals, 700 companies and many local and international organizations. The Foundation spent more than 20 million USD for all implemented activities. Ana Divac has received numerous awards for her philanthropic engagement and work of the Foundation, which testify to the continued commitment to building a society in which citizens take responsibility and understand the power of communion in solving social problems.