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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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    They are 3D printing – and counteracting the pandemic
    They are 3D printing – and counteracting the pandemic
    An excellent example of how some of the projects implemented as part of PAFF programs during ...
    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

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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, 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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    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 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

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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 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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    Institutional Support Fund for Act Locally Centers
    Institutional Support Fund for Act Locally Centers
    The “Act Locally” Program has launched institutional support for Act Locally Centers which ...
    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

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    Sector 3.0 Award for Virtual Dream
    Sector 3.0 Award for Virtual Dream
    This year’s Sector 3.0 PAFF Award worth PLN 40,000 was received by the founder of the Virtual ...
    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

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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 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

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    “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

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    Tutorial for Initiative Groups has started
    Tutorial for Initiative Groups has started
    On June 4, a virtual meeting opening the tutorial process under the 7th round of the “PAFF ...
    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

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    End of the jubilee Kirkland Program year
    End of the jubilee Kirkland Program year
    On June 22-25, school year-end ceremonies for scholarship holders of the twentieth round of ...
    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

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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 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 ...
     
    20 years of the Benefactor of the Year!
     
    20 years of the Benefactor of the Year!
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    20 years of the Benefactor of the Year!

    For last twenty years almost 1,700 companies have strived for the Benefactor of the Year title. On May 29, 2017 the Gala was held in the Marriott Hotel, Warsaw and the winners of the jubilee round of the competition were announced. The Gala made also an excellent opportunity to sum up history and achievements of this initiative, promoting the idea of social responsibility of businesses in Poland.

    “The beginnings were not easy. I remember my efforts to contact entrepreneurs twenty years ago. My interlocutors would get silent and hang off as soon as they heard a word ‘philanthropy’. However, it should be remembered how difficult was the situation of new enterprises in Poland at that time. Nevertheless, it soon turned out that Polish entrepreneurs understand the sense of philanthropy and responsibility and that more and more frequent examples of their involvement are worth promoting – showing and awarding,” says Paweł Łukasiak, President of Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.

    The Benefactor of the Year title is awarded to firms that are socially involved and support NGOs. That is the biggest competition of its kind in Poland, and has become an inspiration for many regional initiatives. Since 1997 it has been promoting socially responsible entrepreneurship, inspiring businesses to carry out activities benefitting their neighborhood, and giving the organizations an opportunity to thank their sponsors and partners. The today’s rank of the competition is the result of 20 years of regular work and involvement.

    “The twentieth round of the Benefactor of the Year competition is a special event in the history of Polish philanthropy. For two decades the competition organizers have determined directions of Polish business social involvement. The competition, which is a pioneer, bold and innovative initiative, year after year presented more and more impressive examples of socially useful and worth following activities and models of partner cooperation between businesses and NGOs,” said Jerzy Koźmiński, President of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and Chairman of the Competition Committee.

    The jubilee round of the competition was carried out under the slogan of “Choose the Good” which was a metaphor for impact of consumer behavior on the surrounding reality. Through the awareness campaign the organizers wanted to show that it is worth “Doing Good All Year Round” (the slogan of earlier rounds) but also encourage others to do that through their choices. Consumer decisions have power which is still underestimated; they give consumers ability to influence attitudes and involvement of firms by choosing products and services of socially responsible businesses.

    The Benefactor of the Year 2017 title was won by:

    • In the Local Involvement category – Mars Polska Sp. z o.o.

    The company established close contacts with Sochaczew County NGOs Alliance (POPPS). In 2016, it supported badminton and chess tournaments, as well as the River Bzura canoe cleaning, educational picnic, Senioriada – that is a picnic aimed at activation of the old and the sick, and many other events. It encourages residents of small towns and villages to care for common good and participate in Act Locally program. Apart from material support, the company also engages its employees in voluntary activities for the benefit of local society.

    • In the Social Involvement Strategy – Small/Medium Size Company category – Agencja Interaktywna SukcesFirmy.pl

    The Agency in cooperation with Klinika Włosów Hair LAB has organized the Share the Childhood campaign to increase social awareness of hair losing and alopecia in children. Its objective is to encourage people to grant hair that can be used for producing non-surgical toupees and wigs that give a chance to a child to function normally and have a happy childhood.

    • In the Social Involvement Strategy – Large Company – DB Schenker

    For carrying out many CSR projects, such as employee volunteering (53 projects for over 6,000 beneficiaries in local communities), transporting support for a Noble Parcel and preparing 9 Noble Parcels worth about PLN 30,000 by DB Schenker employees in 2016, transporting Food Banks bounties, and distribution of the Our Earth Foundation promotional materials.

    • In the Corporate Foundation – Social Project category – Adamed Group Foundation

    Since 2014, the Foundation has been running the Adamed StartUP scientific and educational project under which it supports especially talented young people in development of their interest in science (biology, mathematics, chemistry or physics). Furthermore, it supports scientists by co-financing their research or offering financial support for studies at universities abroad.

    • In the Social Project – Small Company category – Stanpol S.C. Sklep pszczelarski (Beekeepers shop) Warsaw

    For involvement in S.O.S. Friends Association activities, among other things in A Drop of Sweetness project addressed to several hundred small patients of oncology wards in Warsaw hospitals and care institutions and assistance given to S.O.S. Friends Association in implementing the Educational Bee Yard initiative. Additionally, the company supports development of beekeeping in Poland by making the apiarian products and equipment available for the beekeepers community.

    • In the Social Project – Middle-sized Company category: Delia Cosmetics Sp. z o.o.

    Under its program of CSR activities in 2016, Delia supported Gajusz Foundation, an NGO. They provided toiletries and volunteer assistance to incurable children in hospices. Also, they bought medicines and dressing materials. Apart from that, the company offered financial support (in form of grants, donations, pay-rolls) and in-kind assistance, including pro-bono services. It all went to centers and hospices run by the Foundation, that is the home hospice, oncological ward and inpatient hospice.

    • In the Social Project – Large Company category: Carrefour Polska Sp. z o.o.

    For systemic approach to the problem of wasting food. The company offers yearly to Food Banks ca 180 ton of food products with short time to expiry date. It also makes available the shop space for food collection campaigns. This allows many Poles show their compassion and share their shopping with those who are in need.

    • In the New Technologies in Social Involvement category – Bank Handlowy w Warszawie SA (Citi Handlowy)

    CSR initiatives on behalf of the Bank are carried out by Leopold Kronenberg Foundation. It is a tradition of the Bank, to act as a culture and art patron and carry out numerous initiatives in cultural heritage area. In cooperation with Communni Hereditate Foundation, it has designed and published an ArtSherlock application which allows to check if a piece of work you look at is in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage data base of lost works of art. The application is accompanied by information and educational activities addressed both to state bodies such as Border Guard, Police, or diplomatic service but also hobbyists and lovers of the art.

    • In the Employee Volunteering category – Bank Handlowy w Warszawie SA (Citi Handlowy).

    The City Employee Volunteering program has been carried out since 2005. The employee volunteers support has already benefitted over 241,000 people all over Poland. In 2016 the Bank Handlowy employees were involved in volunteering work over 3,700 times, in 256 educational, recreational, and renovation projects; they supported shelters, did cleaning works. They worked for a total of over 19,000 hours for the benefit of local communities and their efforts benefitted 33,000 people.

    Also during the Gala, the special statuettes were presented to organizations and people who supported the Competition and CSR development in Poland. The title of a Friend of Competition went to: Responsible Business Forum, Employers of Poland, Business Centre Club, Lewiatan Confederation, Jerzy Karwelis, The Polish-American Freedom Foundation, Global Compact Network Poland, Kazimierz Krupa, Bolesław Rok, Polish Donors Forum, EY and Anna Popek.

    For the 20th anniversary the report on history of the Competition, its winners and partners was published. It contains also 20 exclusive interviews on business social responsibility and philanthropy in Poland, and among the interviewed were Prof. Jerzy Buzek, Jerzy Stuhr, Tomasz Majewski, Natalia Partyka, Sylwia Chutnik, ks. Jacek Stryczek, and Jerzy Owsiak.

    The competition is organized by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, an association established in 1998. The mission of the Academy is to inspire and assist in acting. Its achievements include programs and campaigns that are the social brands. It supports local communities, awards socially responsible businesses and triggers will to help in people.

    The 20th jubilee round of the Competition was financed by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, which has been supporting the Competition since 2002 and is the patron of Local involvement category promoting social activity of businesses that cooperate with Act Locally Centers to introduce permanent changes in local communities. The Auditor of the Competition procedures was EY. The Voting Partners were Firma AMS and PGE Stadion Narodowy. The Gala Partners were Marriott Warsaw, KAYAX Music, BSC, and the Gala Patron was the Ministry of Development. The Competition was supported by: Polish Donors Forum, Lewiatan Confederation, Business Centre Club, Responsible Business Forum, Employers of Poland, Global Compact Network Poland, Freshmail. The Sector Partners of the 20th round were: Gazeta Wyborcza, Wyborcza.biz, CR Navigator, Kampaniespołeczne.pl, Marketing przy kawie, NGO.pl, Odpowiedzialny biznes.pl.

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    by Weronika Chrapońska-Chmielewska, the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
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