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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

    News
     
    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

    News
     
    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

    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 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

    News
     
    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

    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 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

    News
     
    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

    News
     
    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

    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 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

    News
     
    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

    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)
     
    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 ...
     
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    “Civic Leader of the Year” and local civic leaders awarded
     
    ACT LOCALLY
    “Civic Leader of the Year” and local civic leaders awarded
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    “Civic Leader of the Year” and local civic leaders awarded

    On October 14, Tomasz Lis, Editor-in-chief of “Newsweek Polska” weekly presented Piotr Bystrianin, President of the Salvation Foundation with the “Civic Leader of 2014” statuette during a ceremony that took place in “Skwer” in Warsaw. During the second part of the ceremony the participants of the “Act Locally” Program were awarded. The event was attended by Minister Jacek Michałowski, Chief of the Chancellery of the President of Poland and Radosław Mleczko, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy.

    The meeting was opened by Jerzy Koźmiński, President of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the event co-host. In his welcome address he recalled that “Act Locally” is one of the first and biggest grant programs of the Foundation, addressed to local communities of villages and small towns which makes them focus their attention on activities responding to the needs defined by them. The special role in the Program is played by the network of 60 Act Locally Centers – dynamic organizations which hold local grant competitions in their area and award grants to various civic initiatives whose implementation contributes to strengthening of social capital.

    Also Minister Jacek Michałowski, Chief of the Chancellery of the President of Poland referred to social capital in his address. “There is giant social capital in Poland but we still have a lot to do. Without social capital, there would be no Polish “Solidarity”. This year we celebrate 25 years of developing our freedom. Thanks to the programs such as “Act Locally”, and organizations such as the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the social fabric gets even stronger. Thanks to them, we develop our freedom in more mature and fruitful way.” He also added that wise development of freedom depends not only on NGOs but also on local governments. Emphasizing that 25 years had passed since the first democratic local elections, he encouraged on behalf of President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski to pay special attention to the issue of Polish self-governance and improving it so that it functioned as properly as possible.

    In turn Radosław Mleczko, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy spoke about the idea of social activism, emphasizing that we can pursue our passions, set goals and make efforts to attain them regardless of our situation. “I would like to cordially congratulate the winners and those who received the honorary mention but also the teams of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and Newsweek weekly for recalling us through all their actions that pursuing one’s business goals not necessarily must mean resigning from thinking in categories of volunteering; that professional aims not necessarily must be in opposition to modern understanding of social activism and belief that local activity is something that can give us satisfaction,” Minister Mleczko said.

    In the first part of the Gala, the results of the competition for the title of the “Civic Leader of the Year” were announced. The competition is organized by Newsweek Polska weekly, while the Polish-American Freedom Foundation is the main partner and the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland the strategic partner. The competition refers to Wisława Szymborska’s initiative from 1996, implemented by Jacek Kuroń and “SOS Social Assistance” Foundation. Its goal is to award social activity in Poland and promote individual people who being active in non-governmental organizations, informal groups or local government institutions struggle with various social problems.

    The title of the “Civic Leader of the Year 2014” went to Piotr Bystrianin, President of the Salvation Foundation, who was presented with the statuette by Tomasz Lis, Editor-in-chief of “Newsweek Polska” weekly. Since 2011, the Help Center for Foreigners established by him has supported over 3,000 people from 50 countries. The immigrants can obtain there free psychological, legal, housing and job assistance as well as learn Polish at free courses organized for them. The Competition Committee awarded Piotr Bystrianin in particular for counteracting the discrimination of immigrants and supporting inter-cultural integration, effective and wise tackling with difficulties faced by the foreigners in Poland and involving volunteers, organizations and institutions that are ready to help others.

    The Competition Committee has awarded also two honorary mentions which went to:

    Dorota Komornicka – founder and president of the Śnieżnik Massif Local Fund, the first in Poland local fund modeled on American Community Foundations. The Competition Committee awarded Dorota Komornicka for many-year struggle to improve quality of life of residents and effective involving them in civic actions by awarding over 700 grants for the implementation of various local community projects; establishing the scholarship fund which allowed to grant over 900 scholarships and creation of the community center and rehabilitation centers used by over 1,000 people as well as creation of a broad network of partners acting together to solve local problems.

    Mirosław Kazimierczak – former gymnastics vice champion of Poland, retired PE and biology teacher, who conducts the free sports classes for children, young people and adults in “Spartanie” Sports Club at Zahutyń (Podkarpackie voivodeship). Subventions received from the local government are too small to allow for creating proper conditions for the development of talented young sportsmen, therefore Mirosław Kazimierczak collects recyclable materials, segregates and sells them – the funds obtained in this way he spends on sports equipment, sportswear, shoes, nutrients and sometimes participation in domestic and foreign competitions of gifted children.

    Over 100 applications were submitted to this-year’s round of the competition. The Competition Committee was composed of: Tomasz Lis, Editor-in-chief of Newsweek Polska weekly, Jerzy Koźmiński, President of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, Bożena Walter, President of the TVN “You are not alone” Foundation, Przemysław Radwan-Röhrenschef, Director General of the School for Leaders Association, Jan Kuroń, a chef, Jacek Kuroń’s grandson, Michał Rusinek, a lecturer, translator, writer, former secretary of Wisława Szymborska and Renata Kim, Head of the “Society” section at “Newsweek Polska” weekly.

    During the second part of the Gala, the most interesting initiatives carried out as part of the 8th round of the “Act Locally” Program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation were presented as well as awards were granted in the “Tell about…” competition, whose aim is to encourage the project participants to present in an attractive form their activities carried out under the Program.

    In the “Man” category, two main awards were won on an equitable basis by:

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    “Help for one smile” Association for the

    The honorary mention was presented to the “Niechanowska Region” Parents’ Association for the

    In the “Place” category the main award was received by Biotop Myślenice Sports Club for

    In the “Motive” category two honorary mentions were awarded to:

    Informal Group at the Wacław Skarbirmir Laskowski Municipal and District Public Library in Grójec for the

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    Zebra Cultural Space Association for

    Next, PAFF President Jerzy Koźmiński and ARFP President Paweł Łukasiak presented the Act Locally Centers with certificates confirming that they meet the highest standards in the implementation of the “Act Locally” Program. Awarding the certificate is a form of appreciation for outstanding involvement and professionalism in carrying out activities aimed at the development and activation of local communities, which can serve as model for other organizations. The certificates were awarded to the following 12 Act Locally Centers:

    1. “Sokółka Local Fund” Foundation (Podlaskie voivodeship)
    2. Szczecinek Raft Fund (Zachodniopomorskie voivodeship)
    3. Foundation for the Collegium Polonicum (Lubuskie voivodeship)
    4. “Frontier” Social and Cultural Association (Dolnośląskie voivodeship)
    5. WARKA –Vision, Activity, Entertainment, Culture and, Alternative Association (Mazowieckie voivodeship)
    6. Żywiec Development Foundation (Śląskie voivodeship)
    7. “Child” Association (Wielkopolskie voivodeship)
    8. Stowarzyszenie „Światowid”(woj. wielkopolskie)
    9. “Czajnia” Association (Lubelskie voivodeship)
    10. “Warmia Nook” Local Action Group (Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodeship)
    11. “Partnership for Barycza Valley” Association (Dolnośląskie voivodeship)
    12. “POLCENTRUM” Local Action Group Association (Łódzkie voivodeship)

    The host of the Gala was Grzegorz Nawrocki, journalist and presenter of TVP, and Marcin Nowakowski with his band gave a concert.

    by Joanna Lempart-Winnicka
    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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