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    ENGLISH TEACHING
     
    The program is addressed to schools, teachers, local leaders and non-governmental organizations. Through training and grant competitions, it supports efforts aimed at improving the quality of English language teaching to children and youth from small towns and rural areas. Thanks to rich program offer it contributes to professional development of English teachers working in small towns and villages.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The “Nida” Development Foundation
    3 Rzemieślnicza St., 13-100 Nidzica
    tel. (48 89) 625-36-51, tel./fax (48 89) 625-36-62
    e-mail: j.kowalczyk@nida.pl

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    English Teaching Educational Support Package
    English Teaching Educational Support Package
    Due to the difficult pandemic situation in Poland which induced certain changes in educational ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    A system of support for local initiatives aimed at equalizing educational opportunities for comprehensive development of children and youth from small towns and rural areas. The program consists of cyclical grant competitions as well as training and regional forums allowing to exchange experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects related to children and youth education and training.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation ("Equal Opportunities 2020")
    6 Kredytowa St. Ap. 20, 00-062 Warsaw
    tel./fax (48 22) 826-10-16
    e-mail: rownacszanse@pcyf.org.pl

    The Civis Polonus Foundation ("Equal Opportunities 2021")
    Bagatela 10 St., Ap. 36, 00-585 warsaw
    tel. +48 509 725 536; (48 22) 827 52 49
    e-mail: fundacja@civispolonus.org.pl

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    “Equal Opportunities” with new a Program Manager
    “Equal Opportunities” with new a Program Manager
    As a result of agreement concluded by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Polish Children ...
    THE LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
     
    The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education through the use of the best foreign models and domestic experiences. Its objective is to improve teaching and assessment methods and comprehensive school development based on cooperation of teaching staff members. Schools develop new solutions and share best practices. The program includes also post-graduate studies for school principals and interactive Internet courses for teachers. Particular emphasis is placed on schools ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Center for Citizenship Education Foundation
    10 Noakowskiego St. Ap. 1, 00-666 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 875 85 40, fax (48 22) 875 85 40 int. 102
    e-mail: ceo@ceo.org.pl

    The School with Class Foundation ("School with Class")
    19 Śniadeckich St., 00-654 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 658 00 73
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

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    The 20-th anniversary of the “Learning Schools” Program
    The 20-th anniversary of the “Learning Schools” Program
    On December 10th we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the “Learning Schools” (LES) Program, ...
    PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
     
    The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw, is to prepare candidates to teacher profession. This one-year postgraduate full-time studies are addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. The SE runs also training sessions, seminars and e-learning courses for teachers.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Foundation for Quality Education
    ul. Banacha 2C, 02-097 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 55 43 790, (22) 55 43 789
    e-mail: kontakt@szkolaedukacji.pl

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    Recruitment to the School of Education
    Recruitment to the School of Education
    The School of Education of Polish-American Freedom Foundation and University of Warsaw opens ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea behind this program is to tap into the intellectual potential and energy of university students in order to promote active people and equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities. This is achieved by having groups of student-volunteers carry out educational projects at schools and other institutions.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    ul. Marii Curie Skłodowskiej 3/2.32
    20-029 Lublin
    e-mail: biuro@projektor.org.pl
    tel: (81) 534 78 93
    800 444 131

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    “Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
    “Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
    Student  volunteers active in the “PROJECTOR” Program decided to free parents who work at home ...
    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
     
    A joint undertaking by NGOs, public institutions and firms is addressed to secondary-school graduates from rural areas and small towns. The program enables them to receive scholarships for their first year of academic study. It opens the scholarship recipients a way to further assistance i.a. within the Top Student competition, language scholarships, doctoral scholarships as well as foreign internships.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    27/29 Sterlinga St., 90-212 Lodz
    tel. (48 42) 632-59-91, 631-95-58, fax (48 42) 630-27-81
    e-mail: fep@fep.lodz.pl

    Polish-American Internship Initiative: www.paii.pl

    The Good Network Foundation (“My Scholarship” and “e-volunteering”)
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/17, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 825 70 22
    e-mail: biuro@dobrasiec.org
    www.dobrasiec.org

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    Give a chance for a Diploma of Dreams!
    Give a chance for a Diploma of Dreams!
    The Diploma of Dreams competition for local NGOs and informal groups that wish to participate ...
    THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
     
    The objective of this program is to stimulate social energy of the senior citizens. It is carried out at two different levels: the Seniors in Action grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with an idea and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration as well as support for the Third Age Universities through training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities promoting volunteering.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Association of the Creative Initiatives "ę"
    55 Mokotowska St., 00-542 Warszawa
    tel. (4822) 396-55-16
    e-mail: listy@seniorzywakcji.pl

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    Seniors for local communities
    Seniors for local communities
    The fifth round of TAU for Local Communities project is on. The project is implemented under ...
    SUPPORT FOR NGOS
     
    An information and support system for Polish NGOs and civic initiatives. It includes the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Portal ngo.pl, the free Infoline 801 646 719, a database of organizations and institutions and the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and Kursodrom.pl platform). Furthermore, it supports non-governmental organizations with information and advocacy efforts designed to help them effectively ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    „MIS@NGO”: The Klon/Jawor Association
    5 Szpitalna St. Ap. 5, 00-031 Warsaw
    Info-line (48) 801-646-719, fax (48 22) 828-91-29
    e-mail: klon@klon.org.pl
    Non-governmental Organization's Portal: www.ngo.pl
    www.eu.ngo.pl

    "FIMANGO": The Civil Society Development Foundation
    6 Kłopotowskiego St., Apt. 59/60, 03-717 Warsaw
    tel.(48 22) 616-33-16, fax (48 22) 616-32-46,
    e-mail: fimango@frso.pl

    “NGO Training”: The Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation
    ul. Królowej Marysieńki 48
    02-954 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 550 28 10
    e-mail: faoo@faoo.pl
    www.kursodrom.pl

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    New image of ngo.pl portal
    New image of ngo.pl portal
    Clear and understandable, intuitively navigated, with content presented in attractive form, ...
    ACT LOCALLY
     
    The grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to various initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of villages and small towns as well as foster developmental aspirations. The undertaken activities are founded on cooperation and respond to specific needs of a local community, and involve various partners. As a result, they contribute to building social capital and improving the quality of life. Successive ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philantropy in Poland
    6 Marszałkowska St. Ap. 6, 00-590 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 622-01-22, fax (48 22) 622-02-11
    e-mail: arfp@filantropia.org.pl

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    Training session for Act Locally Centers
    Training session for Act Locally Centers
    An online training session for the Network of Act Locally Centers representatives was held ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    The aim of the program is to broaden knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in practical use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). The program comprises several components: informational, which is implemented through the website and the blog; promotional, under which the Sector 3.0 Festivals and meetings in the TechClub network are cyclically held; consultative, which lends support through training and consultations provided by ICT Mobile ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20
    Contact person: Dawid Szarański
    mobile: +48 530-69-11-99

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    The Sector 3.0 Award – deadline for applications on April 9
    The Sector 3.0 Award – deadline for applications on April 9
    If your organization uses new technologies in the area of social innovation, the Sector 3.0 ...
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    The program is addressed first of all to active participants of program financed by PAFF and supports development of local leaders’ skills and qualifications necessary in effective working for the benefit of their communities. The program uses the method of tutoring, that is permanent cooperation of a leader with a tutor. The program participants take also part in a series of training sessions and receive customized support. The offer for the program alumni is aimed at further improvement of their ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The School for Leaders Foundation
    12A Wiejska St., 00-490 Warsaw
    tel. (4822) 556-82-50, (4822) 556-82-54, fax (4822) 556-82-51
    e-mail: liderzy@szkola-liderow.pl

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    12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
    12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
    On March 11, “Przewiew. 12 historii otwartych”, a collection of reportages on people who are ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    The Competition for the Best Civil Initiative was launched in 1999 by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Since 2000, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation had funded the prizes awarded in the Competition. Under the program, the Foundation presently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Competition for local newspapers, and the annual Civic Congress held in Warsaw.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The „Pro Publico Bono” Competition Foundation (2000-2014)
    The Local Press Association

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    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    The ceremony of announcing the Local Press Association competition results and presenting the ...
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
     
    Under the program implemented till April 2015 by the partnership of PAFF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, almost 4,000 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported. They became modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Presently, the effects of the program are enhanced with activities aimed at development of librarians’ ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20

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    Library – A Lot Is Going On! The 11th National Library Congress
    Library – A Lot Is Going On! The 11th National Library Congress
    On December 9, 2020 the 11th National Library Congress was held under the watchword that refers ...
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
     
    The purpose of the program is to initiate and develop cooperation among beneficiaries of various PAFF programs who establish Local Partnerships and involve other local organizations and institutions, as well as entrepreneurs, self-government bodies, and media into implementation of partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to consolidation of the social capital through ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 622-01-22, fax (22) 622-02-11

    News
     
    How to animate local communities effectively?
    How to animate local communities effectively?
    You can find the answers to these and many other questions related to local community animation ...
    LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
     
    A scholarship program for young leaders from Eastern Europe as well as the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Through the two-semester post-graduate studies at Polish universities and professional internships, they have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes also one-semester courses for academics.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    Program Director: Urszula Sobiecka
    tel. (48) 504-103-904

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    This-year’s Kirklanders have started their studies in Poland
    This-year’s Kirklanders have started their studies in Poland
    58 scholarship holders from 10 countries of Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia have started ...
    REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
     
    The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations, aimed at sharing Poland’s experience in various aspects of transformation, which are implemented in cooperation with partners in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The program offers grants, training opportunities and experts’ support, as well as assistance in establishing cooperation with foreign partners.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    9/11 Nowolipie St., 00-150 Warsaw
    e-mail: rita@fed.org.pl

    News
     
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    The Education for Democracy Foundation and the Polish-American Foundation invite Polish non-governmental ...
    STUDY TOURS TO POLAND (STP)
     
    The study tours to Poland, implemented since 2004, are to show the realities of Poland and the European Union to active citizens of East European, South Caucasus and Central Asia countries. Their participants are student leaders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Moldova and professionals from countries of the Region. During their visit to Poland, the foreign visitors meet representatives of public life, academic and business circles, they learn about NGOs’ activities as well as operation of central ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    e-mail: stp@studytours.pl

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    WEASA 2020 online – a summary
    WEASA 2020 online – a summary
    The 8th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) took place from July 3 to July ...
    Former Polish and U.S. Presidents sent letters of congratulations on the Foundation’s 20th anniversary jubilee
     

    On the occasion of its 20-th anniversary jubilee, the Foundation received letters of congratulations from former Polish Presidents: Lech Wałęsa, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, and Bronisław Komorowski, as well as from former U.S. Presidents: Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

    • Former Polish and U.S. Presidents sent letters of congratulations on the Foundation’s 20th anniversary jubilee

    Letter from President Lech Wałęsa

    Translation:

    Mr. Andrew Nagorski
    Chairman of the PAFF Board of Directors

    Mr. Jerzy Koźmiński
    President of PAFF

    In the year marking the twentieth anniversary of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, I wish to offer my sincere congratulations on this jubilee and, at the same time, express profound respect for all those who contributed to the Foundation’s establishment and propelled its development.

    PAFF’s notable achievements may rightly be a source of pride and satisfaction. These feelings I, myself, share as the Foundation had its deeper origin during my presidency. At that time, Poland bore witness to fundamental changes which were, to a large extent, supported by the United States of America. The decision to establish the Polish-American Enterprise Fund was a significant form of U.S. support for Poland’s transformation. It led to the creation of an institution that influenced the development of Poland’s market economy in a tangible and creative manner. Its success set the scene for the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.

    I am very pleased that the Foundation continues to be an important legacy of the efforts made by the United States of America in the first decade of Poland’s freedom. PAFF’s endowment will fuel its activity for many years, a continuing reminder of the U.S. involvement during a critical time of Poland’s transformation.

    Just a few years after your Foundation’s establishment, it has become a dynamic, very well-organized institution which operates in an innovative and effective way, is open to change and takes a long-term perspective.

    I praise the fact that from the very outset the Foundation has consistently channeled its attention to those groups and communities that are in need of greater support, especially those in rural areas and small towns.

    And during the same time PAFF has also remembered about the countries to the east of Poland’s borders. The proof for this is the fact that in recent years several thousand of those countries’ representatives have visited Poland to learn about its experience in internal reforms and EU integration.

    Your jubilee falls during a unique period: Poland, Europe and the world are facing enormous challenges, some of them of an unknown nature. Hence your activity, like that of other leading non-governmental organizations, takes on special importance.

    I wish you to be able to make the best possible use of PAFF’s previous, impressive achievements in responding to the new emerging issues. I wish you further successes in the next decades of the Foundation’s activity.

    Lech Wałęsa
    President of the Republic of Poland from 1990 to 1995
    1983 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

     

    Letter from President Aleksander Kwaśniewski

    Translation:

    On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, I extend my sincere congratulations to its Board of Directors, Management and Staff, and wish you many more years of continued success in advancing the development of Poland and Polish-American cooperation.

    The Foundation, like the Polish-American Enterprise Fund earlier, was developing its activities during the time of major changes in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe which began with the historical breakthrough of 1989-1991. The Polish Round Table talks, whose thirtieth anniversary we celebrated last year, provided the starting point for these changes. The agreement reached by the authorities and the democratic opposition paved the way for a peaceful transition, which prompted similar change across the Eastern Bloc. After several years of the economic transformation, which had a painful social impact, Poland embarked upon the path of development and growth. The contributions of the Polish-American Enterprise Fund are significant in this respect. From 1990 the Enterprise Fund supported the economic initiative in Poland through providing know-how, good practices, as well as investment capital that was so much needed at the time.

    That successful, initial transformation period was the very reason for Poland’s overall success in sustaining continued economic growth (quarter-to-quarter) for 30 years, unique in modern Europe. Joining the European Union in 2004, during my presidential term of office, helped achieve that success. Poland seized that opportunity as well and rose up to join the group of the most important EU Member States, and became one of the EU’s largest beneficiaries, not only financially.

    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation launched its operations in 2000, coinciding with the commencement of my second term as the President of the Republic of Poland. PAFF adopted as its main objective leveling the playing field in education and supporting local community development. At the time, PAFF’s founders accurately identified the existing (and future) problems and correctly recognized their importance for Poland's prospective prosperity in social and public activities. The Foundation's achievements of the last 20 years are impressive not only due to the amount of invested funds, but also in terms of their organizational and project-related impact. These accomplishments deserve the highest respect and sincere congratulations!

    After my presidency I devoted considerable time to supporting the transformation and European aspirations of Ukraine. In my opinion, having success obligates one to care for one’s neighbors. Strategic thinking also obligates one to help them to succeed. Thus, it was with great appreciation that I took note of the similar philosophy that underlies the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s activity and endeavors.

    Ukraine’s pro-democratic and pro-European 2014 Revolution of Dignity spurred the Foundation to extend the reach of its educational and training activities to our important Eastern neighbor. It is clear that this decision was a follow-up on the 1990 Enterprise Fund’ founding principle: the U.S. support for Poland then, and Poland’s support for Ukraine now. Poland is now repaying its debt by supporting democracies and market transformations beyond its eastern borders, and the Foundation significantly contributes to this.

    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation continues to be one of Poland’s most important non-governmental ambassadors abroad. I am delighted that this enterprise, under the leadership and good care of the Foundation’s President Jerzy Koźmiński, is not only conducting its regular activities, but is also creatively responding to evolving realities and needs. The world has entered a period of great change. Poland and Europe must emerge stronger from these developments, and continue to serve as inspiration and models for others.

    I wish you all many more successful years, as well as energy and determination to fulfill your mission of supporting Poland, and other countries and communities in our region.

    Aleksander Kwaśniewski
    President of the Republic of Poland from 1995 to 2005
    Head of the Board of the Amicus Europae Foundation

     

    Letter from President Bronisław Komorowski

    Translation:

    Mr. Andrew Nagorski
    Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Mr. Jerzy Koźmiński
    President

    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation

    Gentlemen,

    Time slows down amid the coronavirus pandemic and offers a good opportunity for reflection.

    A look back at the 20 years of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s activity points me to the conclusion that you have exceeded your original targets many times over.

    The Foundation’s contribution to the development of Poland’s civil society merits the highest respect and praise. In particular, what I have in mind are the many years of involvement with local communities, revolutionizing thousands of public libraries, bringing about qualitative change in English language teaching by delivering multi-faceted support to teachers from smaller towns and villages, awarding thousands of bridge scholarships, stimulating cooperation between people, organizations and local authorities, including Polish and Ukrainian ones, and so many more achievements.

    When referring to the jubilee celebrated by the Foundation five years ago, I focused on the spirit and message of freedom, a value so strongly present in the Foundation’s work and so vital for our European democracy.

    Today, in the face of the deep crisis that is unfolding before our very eyes, it is clearly visible that the Foundation’s greatest gift for Poland was rekindling the spirit of cooperation and solidarity in local communities, a gift which is now yielding thousands of aid initiatives: assisting people in quarantine, preparing meals for overworked hospital staff and producing personal protective equipment. Many people spontaneously follow their heart and work pro bono, even though some are at risk of unemployment or are already jobless. A notable example is the Nidzica-based NIDA Foundation which sews protective masks for nearby hospitals involving individuals working at their homes. Another example is the Center for Citizenship Education that supports teachers in acquiring new professional competencies online. This spirit of cooperation and solidarity gives us a greater sense of security, but also truly increases our safety, especially in smaller localities where people have largely been left to their own devices.

    The year 2020 also marks the fortieth anniversary of establishing the NSZZ “Solidarity” Trade Union and the thirtieth anniversary of restoring Poland’s local governance. For twenty years, the Foundation has promoted solidarity and strengthened local government, enhancing civil society. To me, your Foundation is primarily a symbol of freedom, self-governance, and solidarity.

    Please accept my thanks and congratulations, and pass them on to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which has effectively taken care of your organization, including its endowment, for these past 20 years.

    Please convey my highest respects to the PAFF team for their work and wish them further, equally spectacular successes.

    I offer my sincere congratulations to the entire extensive community of people, organizations and institutions who cooperate with the Foundation on their joint accomplishments. And, let me congratulate them on having such a partner as the Polish-American Freedom Foundation was, is, and, I firmly believe will continue to be in the future.

    Anniversary cheers!

    Bronisław Komorowski
    President of the Republic of Poland from 2010 to 2015

     

    Letter from President William Jefferson Clinton

     

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