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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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    Invitation to the On-line Teachers Academy
    Invitation to the On-line Teachers Academy
    Under the “Learning Schools” (LES) Program teachers from all over Poland can participate in ...
    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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    Over 1,000 bridge scholarships for students
    Over 1,000 bridge scholarships for students
    Over 1,000 students receive scholarships under the Bridge Scholarships Program this academic ...
    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 ...
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    „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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    “Local Dreams To Be Met” in the “Act Locally” Program
    “Local Dreams To Be Met” in the “Act Locally” Program
    Registration of applications to grant competitions for 2021 carried out by Act Locally Centers ...
    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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    PAFF Sector 3.0 Award winner announced
    PAFF Sector 3.0 Award winner announced
    The award for innovations in socially useful activities went to Demagog Association in Kraków.
    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

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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

    News
     
    The 4th round of the Library Development Program has been launched
    The 4th round of the Library Development Program has been launched
    Almost 250 libraries in small towns and villages and about 300 librarians representing them ...
    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

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    Locally, acting together and effectively
    Locally, acting together and effectively
    On April 26 there was an online seminar promoting the Method of Local Community Animation for ...
    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

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    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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    “STP” presents Local Governments’ Way To Success
    “STP” presents Local Governments’ Way To Success
    We would like to invite you to watch videos made by the “Study Tours to Poland” Program Team ...
     
    • The Benefactors of 2021 awarded
    • The Benefactors of 2021 awarded
    • The Benefactors of 2021 awarded
    • The Benefactors of 2021 awarded
    • The Benefactors of 2021 awarded
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    The Benefactors of 2021 awarded

    This year as many as 10 companies and corporate foundations were awarded the Benefactor of the Year title for their activities in the area of health care, ecology, education, and social aid carried out in cooperation with NGOs. The awards for counteracting negative effects of pandemic, awarded in a special category, went to Allegro.pl, Studio K2 Krzysztof Rauhut and #POMAGAMYSZPITALOM coalition of firms. The statuettes were presented at the ceremony at the Capitol Theater in Warsaw on May 27.

    In EDUCATION category the award went to Lenovo Technology B.V. Sp. z o.o. company for supporting young people of educational care centers, charges of Good Initiatives Foundation, among other things. The company has involved its employees in #PaczkaDlaSeniora (#ParcelforSenior) campaign and supported a pandemic-related campaign run by University of Warsaw. The second winner in that category was PKO Bank Polski Foundation which granted almost PLN 1 m to SIEMACHA Association. The grant made it possible to create an online platform offering educational and arts classes, as well as psychological support to the charges of the Association. On top of that, the Foundation gave children and young people computers that allowed them to participate in distance education, funded their participation in summer camps, and also paid the cost of 5,000 meals for low-income families.

    The Benefactor of the Year title for activities in ECOLOGY was awarded to STU ERGO HESTIA SA. which has organized a competition on ecology for the last five years. The competition gives a chance to finance implementation of modern environment protection solutions in communes and municipalities where spas are located. The company has set up two foundations supporting the disabled and art students. In 2020, the Foundation granted PLN 1 m for equipment for paramedics in the times of COVID-19 pandemic .

    In LOCAL DEVELOPMENT category the Competition Chapter awarded Studio Reklamy VALDEX s.c. for its responsiveness to the needs of Kluczbork municipality residents and long-term socially responsible activities. The company regularly finances the residents’ charity campaigns, and prints the advertising materials for free. It is a sponsor of local tournaments, supports talented young people and the well-known in the region Stobrawa Valley Act Locally Group which is the Act Locally Center.

    In SOCIAL ASSISTANCE category the Benefactor of the Year title went to Michał Szafrański’s business. Michał Szafrański is the author of the How To Save Money blog, podcasts, and bestselling books who has been supporting Pajacyk (Puppet) program of Polish Humanitarian Action for six years now. In 2020 he donated over PLN 170,000 for feeding children, he also helps promote the organization by informing about its activities on his blog, in his public speeches and during other meetings, he also popularizes the idea of wise assistance. Funds raised by Michał Szafrański and his readers have exceeded the amount of PLN 400,000, that is paid for over 100,000 lunches in Puppet feeding children program. The other company awarded in SOCIAL ASSISTANCE category is the Foundation of Biedronka chain of supermarket established in 2020. Its objective is to improve the quality of seniors’ life, therefore as part of poverty, loneliness and exclusion counteracting campaign the Foundation in cooperation with Caritas has launched the For Everyday Shopping program offering shopping cards, a campaign popularizing the Life Envelope, Making Your Dreams Come True program of Christmas gifts for lonely seniors, as well as local Caritas projects that activate seniors. In 2020 the Foundation organized assistance program for day-and-night care centers for seniors (such as social welfare homes, hospices, medical care facilities, homeless shelters). Only for For Everyday Shopping program it has donated PLN 14.5 m.

    In SPORTS category the Benefactor of the Year title went to Ligihalowe.pl S.C. A. Świerzewski, B. Gendera for the third time in row. From the beginning, the company founders see their business also as an opportunity to help people. They know well that sports events make an ideal opportunity to combine sports competition with charity. The company cooperates with Stowarzyszenie Zawsze Aktywni (Always Active Association) and supports seriously ill children. The other winner in that category is established last year Fundacja 4F Pomaga (4F Helps Foundation). Thanks to its action ran jointly with Dziękujemy Bohaterom. Pomagamy Ich Dzieciom (We Thank the Heroes. We Help Their Children) Local Funds Federation children of medics received 1000 gift cards worth PLN 5,000 to 4F shops. The Foundation also organized Let’s Start with the Basics  competition promoting healthy life style among children that rose a lot of positive emotions at the difficult time of pandemic.

    In HEALTH category the statuette went to Altair East Sp. z o.o. of Wrocław. Since 2019, the company has donated over PLN 117,000 from the sale of Starwax products to Saving Kids With Cancer Foundation. The money went to the Emergency Fund for expensive therapies for children with cancer and purchase of not reimbursed kits for care for the Broviac catheter, that is a so-called central line catheter.  The other winner in that category is Nationale-Nederlanden Life Insurance Company. In 2020 the company for the 6th time supported the Movember Polska campaign. This time it facilitated the men not only to have screening test for testicular and prostate cancers but also responded to increased problems with psychic life of Poles due to lockdown and extended its campaign with the workshops and consultations on how to manage long term stress and lockdown at home and how to diagnose disorder symptoms in co-workers and family members.

    Business counters virus

    This year two companies and a coalition of firms were awarded in a special COUNTERACTING NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC category. For activities in the local area the title went to Studio K2 Krzysztof Rauhut of Piła. That company did not decrease its social involvement at the time of pandemic despite the fact that its business activity was much restricted. Thank to the social energy of its owner and employees the #MuremZaGastro campaign encouraging other companies to order meals from local restaurants and #MuremZaKulturą campaign that led to organization of TV broadcast of local bands concert and raising money for artists. Also, the company owner Krzysztof Rauhut organized meals for medics, started to produce visors that he personally delivered, together with other personal protection equipment, to health care centers. On top of that, the company supported the purchase of respirators for the hospital in Piła.

    For activities all over Poland the Competition Committee awarded the title of the Benefactor of the Year to Allegro.pl Sp. z o.o. Responding to the employees requests to do so and current social needs the company set up a fund worth PLN 2 million to finance the ideas of supporting homeless people, seniors, the disabled, poverty-stricken, or people in quarantine and isolated. These ideas were submitted by over 200 employees. Aid was also offered to social welfare homes and hospices, and the company donated money for buying computers for students of low-income families to allow them distance learning. Allegro.pl created a health service staff support program, and based on experience gained by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity and Medics for Medics Foundation it presented the health care institutions with basic equipment, laboratory devices, respirators, and personal protection equipment. Under the #stay_safe campaign Allegro.pl employees got tools for and were trained in remote work, as well as a voucher worth PLN 1,000 to buy equipment allowing them for comfortable work from home. 

    The statuette for the coalition of firms was handed over to representatives of Fundacja Urtica Dzieciom (Urtica for Children Foundation), representing #POMAGAMYSZPITALOM (We Help Hospitals) coalition. They created the https://pomagamyszpitalom.pl/ communication platform for hospitals that had big needs of personal protection equipment, various devices, hygienic materials and disinfectants. It allows hospitals to report their needs and then companies offer them support. Urtica for Children Foundation has a lot of experience in supporting health care sector – for 24 years it has been supporting children patients in 18 oncology and hematology wards all over Poland.

    About the Competition

    The competition for the Benefactor of the Year title is the biggest and the oldest competition of that type in Poland. It has been awarding socially responsible companies invariably, year by year for 25 years. It collects and presents good practices of large corporations (most experienced in CSR and CCI) but also charity actions of SMEs.

    The winners in all categories were selected by the Competition Chapter composed of President of Polish-American Freedom Foundation: Jerzy Koźmiński, Chairperson of the Management Board of Polish Confederation Lewiatan Henryka Bochniarz, Business Centre Club Vice President for social contacts, member of UN GCNP Program Council Anna Potocka-Domin, President of Responsible Business Forum Marzena Strzelczak, Chairperson of the Polish Donors Forum, Rural Development Foundation Justyna Duriasz-Bułhak, a representative and President of Board of UN Global Compact Network Poland Kamil Wyszkowski, economic journalist Kazimierz Krupa, President of the Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski, PhD, Prof. Bolesław Rok, PhD, Centre of the Positive Impact Entrepreneurship Analyses at Kozminski University, and journalist Jerzy Karwelis.

    The organizer of the Competition for the Benefactor of the Year title is the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. The event is funded by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.  The procedure correctness of the Competition is supervised by the auditor, EY company. The Partners in the 24th round of the Competition are Polish Confederation Lewiatan, Business Centre Club, Global Compact Network Poland, Employers of Poland, the Responsible Business Forum, and Polish Donors Forum. The Sector Partners are: ngo.pl portal, CR Navigator, marketingprzykawie.pl, odpowiedzialnybiznes.pl, poradnikprzedsiebiorcy.pl, egospodarka.pl, Nowy Marketing, HR na obcasach, HR Polska, publicrelations.pl.

    More information on www.dobroczyncaroku.pl

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    Source: the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
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