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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. As part of the program, the annual nationwide meetings for English teachers are held. The most active of those teachers – the Ambassadors of the Program – have a chance to implement their own projects. They also promote the program ...
    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 educating and training the children and youth.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    9th Forum of Young Explorers Clubs – join us online!
    9th Forum of Young Explorers Clubs – join us online!
    We would like to invite teachers, educators, and science enthusiasts who run Young Explorers ...
    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. It promotes cooperation in teachers’ teams, self-evaluation, and improved teaching and assessment methods. Schools develop organizational solutions best suited to their environment, monitor the outcomes of their activities and share best practices. Under the program, post-graduate studies for school principals and interactive Internet courses for teachers are provided. Particular ...
    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

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    How NGOs support distance learning
    How NGOs support distance learning
    Polish educational system has faced a challenge related to COVID-19 pandemic and closure of ...
    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. At present, this one-year postgraduate full-time studies that closely combines theory with practice 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.
    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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    Another academic year at the School of Education has started
    Another academic year at the School of Education has started
    “It is going to be a good place and good time. We are a community of thought, we strive for ...
    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 during their free time.
    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

    News
     
    “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, addressed to talented high-school graduates from rural areas and small towns, that enables them to receive scholarships for their first year of academic study. Scholarship holders who do very well in their academic pursuits have also a chance to obtain assistance for subsequent years of study: for the second year (the “Top Student” competition), corporate scholarships for the third and fourth year, scholarships through the Study Abroad initiative ...
    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 held for local NGOs and informal groups willing 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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    TAU For Local Communities – get a grant
    TAU For Local Communities – get a grant
    How to develop senior volunteering activities? Where get the micro grant for activities for ...
    SUPPORT FOR NGOS
     
    An information and support system for Polish NGOs and civic initiatives. It includes the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Portal www.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

    News
     
    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 small towns, foster developmental aspirations, contribute to building the social capital and in consequence improve the quality of life. The undertaken activities are founded on cooperation of various partners. They respond to specific needs of a given community, improve the quality of life and, in the long ...
    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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    Enrollment of Affiliated Act Locally Centers
    Enrollment of Affiliated Act Locally Centers
    Are you active in an NGO operating in a village or a town with population of up to 50,000? ...
    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. 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 Advisors; ...
    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

    News
     
    Driving Change Online Sector 3.0 Festival is over
    Driving Change Online Sector 3.0 Festival is over
    The jubilee, 10th Driving Change Online Sector 3.0 Festival will be remembered as the one that ...
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    The objective of this program is to support the development of skills and qualifications of individuals working for the benefit of their communities. The program, implemented with the use of tutoring method, is addressed first of all to active participants in projects financed by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The leaders take part in a series of training sessions and customized support. The offer for the program alumni, aimed at further improvement of their leadership skills, allows them ...
    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

    News
     
    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

    News
     
    “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 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 in their transformation into multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Presently, the program results 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

    News
     
    “Different. Equal. Important” – Jubilee Library Congress
    “Different. Equal. Important” – Jubilee Library Congress
    On November 26 and 27, librarians who came from all over Poland discussed various social groups’ ...
    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
     
    Inauguration of new PAFF Local Partnerships
    Inauguration of new PAFF Local Partnerships
    On October 22, the online inauguration of the 7th round of PAFF Local Partnerships was held. ...
    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 internships, they have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    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)
     
    This program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations involved in sharing Poland’s experience in various aspects of transformation and the development of cooperation with partners in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The program includes grant competitions, training opportunities and experts’ support, as well as assistance in establishment and development of 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 countries, in particular 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 institutions and local governments. They ...
    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 ...
     
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    On February 10, 2020 the Gala crowning the 6th round of “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program and inaugurating the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of “Act Locally” Program, as well as the ceremony of presenting the awards in the “Civic Leader of the Year 2019” competition of Newsweek Polska weekly was held at the Marriot Hotel in Warsaw.

    Almost 250 people involved in various ways in social activity attended the event, including representatives of network of 77 Act Locally Centers and 45 PAFF Local  Partnerships.

    The ceremony was opened by Jerzy Koźmiński, PAFF President and CEO, who noted that both the Foundation and “Act Locally” Program, one of first and biggest programs run by the Foundation, are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. He also pointed to the fact that many-year of consistent implementing the mission of supporting local community development by the Foundation has translated into certain achievements which can be presented in impressive numbers – almost 11,500 projects have been implemented under “Act Locally” Program, involving 220 000 volunteers and almost 4 million residents, and the Network of Act Locally Centers has increased from a few to 77 member organizations. President Koźmiński  put also emphasis on the extent and importance of “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program which for over 10 years has been connecting and supporting intersectoral cooperation of NGOs, companies and local governments. In that context he pointed also to another important anniversary celebrated in 2020, namely the 30th anniversary of Polish self-governance. In conclusion, he pointed to the significant role played by civic leaders saying that without them we wouldn’t be able to achieve so much over 20 years. He also assured that “we will continue to make joint efforts to work for the common good”.

    During the first part of the Gala, the winners of the “Civil Leader of the Year 2019” Newsweek Polska competition were honored. It started with the address given by Newsweek Polska vice editor-in-chief Dariusz Ćwiklak, who told about the history of the competition, dating back to 1996 Wisława Szymborska’s initiative, which was taken up by Jacek Kuroń and SOS Social Assistance Foundation. The objective of the competition is to award social activity in Poland and promote activity of individual people who are solving various social problems with the support of NGOs, informal groups and local government institutions. Polish-American Freedom Foundation is the main partner, and the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland the substantive partner of the competition. Vice editor-in-chief Ćwiklak expressed his admiration for civic leaders who have ideas how to make the world better and are willing to keep implementing them despite all obstacles they meet on their way.

    The winners of the competition are selected by the Competition Committee composed of: Renata Kim, Head of the Society section, Newsweek Polska; Jerzy Koźmiński, Polish-American Freedom Foundation President; Jan Kuroń, Jacek Kuroń’s grandson and a cooking expert; Tomasz Lis, Newseek Polska Editor-in-chief; Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland; Przemysław Radwan-Röhrenschef, Vice President of the School for Leaders Foundation; Michał Rusinek, President of Wisława Szymborska Foundation, and Janina Ochojska, President of the Polish Humanitarian Action.

    The Civic Leader of the Year2019 title was awarded to:

    In the nationwide category – Elmi Abdi, President of Foundation for Somalia – for exceptional efforts to improve immigrants’ situation and image in Poland by offering comprehensive care to all foreigners coming to Poland, such as professional support from lawyers, job advisors, psychologists, and intercultural assistants of the Foundation Team managed by him, as well as for educational activities such as multicultural lessons for children and young people at public schools.

    In the local category, ex aequo:

    • Janusz Owsiany, Monopol Warszawski Association – for many years of activities aimed at revitalization of North Praga district of Warsaw, including co-authoring of the concept of Praga Koneser Center, revitalization of Żabińskis Residence in Warsaw Zoo, and saving the complex of historical buildings in Ząbkowska Street, as well as consistent efforts to improve the situation of war veterans which led to establishing the Day Center for Warsaw Insurgents in 2018. 
    • Andrzej Górz of Open Jazdów Partnership for triggering civil courage and local community involvement in protecting unique Jazdów Estate in Warsaw against demolition and for his initiative of transforming that historically and socially valuable area into the space open to educational, social and cultural initiatives where people can reach understanding of each other and build relationships based on trust.

    Moreover, the Competition Committee awarded three special awards. They went to:

    • Urszula  Duda,  Principal of Fairy Tale Independent Therapeutic Elementary School  in Suwałki – for many years of activities for the benefit of autistic people and their families and for active support for social and professional independence of people with disabilities through establishing an innovative vocational school that prepares them to start working. 
    • Artur Kolasa, President of Rehab Foundation for his active work aimed at stopping family violence, for his involvement in individual resocialization work with family violence perpetrators and initiating self-help groups, as well as work for the benefit of juvenile correction centers and promoting positive models of parenting.
    • Zdzisław Kuczma, President of Rybnik Smog Alert for introducing the air pollution problem into the public debate and consistent campaigning for man’s right to live in clean environment as well as for cooperating with local authorities and ecological organizations that resulted in adoption of an anti-smog resolution in Śląskie Province.

    The summing-up of that part of Gala was an interview with the competition winners conducted by Renata Kim, head of the Society section, Newsweek Polska.

    The second part of the event started with the video on experience gained by representatives of Act Locally Centers, their grantees, leaders and local partners over the years of “Act Locally” and “PAFF Local Partnerships” Programs implementation. Next, Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland thanked all those who care and work for the good of their communities. “The 20th anniversary of Act Locally program is also the right moment to thank local donors and partners, as well as celebrate and collect all the social energy that was generated,” President Łukasiak said and wished everybody another 100 years of successful local activity.

    After that, President Łukasiak and President Koźmiński presented diplomas to representatives of 6 new organizations which have joined the Network of Act Locally Centers. These were the following:

    • Horizon360 Foundation of Wielogłowy, Małopolskie Province,
    • The Land of Three Rivers Local Activity Group Association of Oborniki, Wielkopolskie Province,
    • The Piast Trail Local Activity Group of Łubowo, Wielkopolskie Province,
    • Czarnków-Trzcianka Local Activity Group of Czarnków, Wielkopolskie Province,
    • Local Space Foundation of Błażowa, Podkarpackie Province,
    • Dobra Widawa Local Activity Group of Oleśnica, Dolnośląsie Province.

    Also, the successes and achievements of the VI round of “PAFF Local Partnerships” participants were summed up. These were 7 partnership projects implemented over 2018 and 2019, and tasks were performed by 3 start-ups. A total of 142 partners and over 16,000 residents were involved in activities for local communities common good. All projects met the local needs that had been diagnosed in extraordinary way that exceeded the planned frames. Mentioned were those partnerships which especially benefitted from other PAFF programs experiences and resources, have built the most varied, multisectoral coalitions and whose activities led to the most noticeable changes in their communities.

    The prize of PLN 20,000 went to the local partnership implementing the Train to Tradition project for above-average effectiveness in building local identity of residents and increasing their awareness of  the regional cultural heritage which allowed Fablok, the first and non-existent at present Polish Locomotive Factory become the pride and attraction of Chrzanów; for involving an impressive group of partners in organizing numerous workshop sessions and competitions, and engaging almost all community into intergenerational integration activities aimed at creating the digital archives and marking the walking and biking trail showing places related to the history of Fablok. The second prize of PLN 15,000, was received by the local partnership involved in A-R-M Square – We Act-Relax-Motivate project for transforming the neglected square near a public library into a lively cultural area in the town center and the model engagement of various partners, including the public library, schools, Third Age University, various companies and individual people in creation of secure, open and facilitating residents’ activity area in Krotoszyn.

    The ceremony was crowned with a performance by Krzysztof Kiliański and his Band. The host of the Gala was Agnieszka Hyży.

    by Joanna Lempart, photo by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    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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