Our activities

One of the aims formulated in the Articles of Association is building a community of large families. The main objective of organising events is strengthening community life, providing members from different parts of the country an opportunity to meet and to get to know the management of the association.


NOE has three large national events annually, attended by thousands of people. These are the annual general assembly of NOE, the family festival of our member organisations and members in autumn, and NOE Christmas celebration, respectively. Furthermore, NOE organises one additional special event, a large get-together every year. In addition to these large gatherings, NOE hosts a great number of various programs, conferences, negotiations, meetings at local, regional and national levels.

NOE has four large national events yearly:

  • Annual General Assembly
  • Baby Welcome Event
  • Family Festival in autumn
  • Christmas Celebration

We organise one additional special event, a large get-together every second year.

  • Family Congress



Our Association highly values our international connections, and NOE is a member of various international organisations (e.g. COFACE, ELFAC, FEFAF, etc.) that are forums of NGO’s dealing with families. NOE is one of the founding members of the European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC). NOE actively cooperates with, and contributes to, the work of these organisations.

In 2015, NOE co-initiated an international pro-family project with the Confederation of Family Associations in the Carpathian Basin (KCSSZ). As of January 2018, NOE oversees implementing the international pro-family project.

The project aims at strengthening the social and financial background of European family lobbies and pro-family policy by international networking of family-related civil organisations. Our intention is that pro-family attitude, approach and values become more visible and become articulated in the legislation of the European Union. NOE and KCSSZ are thriving to contribute to the empowering of the pro-family approach at an international level, by lobbying European civil organisations through their network system.

The two pillars of our international program are the following:

  • Youth pillar: we find it of utmost importance to raise their awareness and reinforce the importance of working for families, as well as to inspire them to develop a family-centred baseline and approach. Also, we offer professional training for those who are already engaged in family-related activities either in their career or as volunteers for pro-family civil organisations.
  • Professional pillar: networking possibility for representatives of family-related NGO’s: we organise conferences, workshops, networking events about various topics related to family and marriage. This way, people working in this field in one way or another can gain an insight into the work of other organisations, can become familiar with the legislation of the different countries, can learn “best practices” from other organisations, may start cooperating with similar NGO’s throughout Europe, and have the opportunity to contribute to building a more family-friendly Europe together.


Our Association has already received numerous awards and distinctions, which we are very proud of. Therefore, we perfectly know and understand why it is so important to appreciate the work that others do for our Association, for our common aims and goals.

NOE has established three different prizes or awards.

  1. Our members excelling in community work and taking real action for families and family values are awarded with ‘NOE-prize’.
  2. The so-called ‘Family-friendly Municipality Award’ was founded in 2005. It is presented to dedicated municipalities on the World Population Day. Candidates are proposed by NOE members.
  3. NOE can rely on various smaller and larger enterprises, multinational companies and private individuals who prove their sympathy and solidarity towards our association. Their support is appreciated by the so-called ‘Cradle prize’.
  4. Loyalty Award in recognition of outstanding commitment to NOE.
  5. International NOE-prize for accomplishments on family issues in the international arena.




Since its foundation, the National Association of Large Families (abbreviated as NOE from the Hungarian equivalent of the term) has considered the protection and support of the interests of large families to be one of its most important tasks. Due to their lifestyle and size, large families have to cope with higher than average expenses in all areas of life. To help its members, the association joined the EDC discount scheme in 2006 so that in Hungary, its members could receive discounts at around 2,000 acceptance points). The association, recognising the immense need to expand the discount system and the fact that it is present in almost every part of the country through its 200 member associations and groups, has started to develop the scheme. As part of this, they have instructed their members to seek out the services that are important to them locally and to use a standard contract template to conclude individual agreements. In addition, for larger service providers and institutions with national coverage, the NOE secretariat staff, led by the President, have been engaged in ongoing negotiations since 2016. The result of this two-way strategy is that today, from grocery stores to national parks, from hairdressers to accountants and webshops, countless services are now available at a discounted price on presentation of the NOE membership card. Shops display a sticker indicating that they accept your NOE membership card as a discount card.

Since 2019, service providers have been able to register themselves on the noe.hu website as a discount provider. Association members can also search for services by service area and geographic location so that they could claim their discounts even if they are not in their own municipality or county.

The benefits of the membership card are available to members who have paid their association membership fee which in 2024 will be HUF 8,000 per family per year. They will receive a validation sticker. The possibilities offered by the discount card are constantly expanding, the list of acceptance points is updated and the possibilities are extended by a designated staff member of the association.


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