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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 ...
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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 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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    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

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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.
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    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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    Kirkland Research for Belarus – the enrollment is on
    Kirkland Research for Belarus – the enrollment is on
    The enrollment to a special round of Kirkland Research Program for candidates from Belarus ...
    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
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    • The Benefactor of the Year - the winners have been announced
    • The Benefactor of the Year - the winners have been announced
    • The Benefactor of the Year - the winners have been announced
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    The Benefactor of the Year - the winners have been announced
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    The Benefactor of the Year - the winners have been announced

    On September 9, the Gala of 23rd  round of the Benefactor of the Year Competition was held in Syrena Theater in Warsaw. The winners of the Competition are socially involved businesses that implemented the most interesting projects in 2019. Additionally, six special honorary titles were awarded for social projects aimed at counteracting effects of the pandemic.

    The organizers did their best to secure the epidemic safety measures at the Gala. A small group of almost 40 participants represented the winners, nominating organizations, Competition Committee members, experts and partners. The video report can be watched at the Benefactor of the Year Facebook Profile.

    In the 23rd round of the Benefactor of the Year Competition the winners are:

    • Local Development: Mondi Świecie SA, nominated by Association for Supporting Świecie Region Economic Development. The title was awarded for many-year consistent cooperation with local NGOs and especially for involvement in implementation of numerous projects benefitting the local community of Świecie municipality.
    • Corporate Foundation: LPP Foundation, nominated by St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society. The Foundation was awarded for supporting the Streetwalker program with gift vouchers, worth a total of PLN 6,000, to LPP chain stores to buy protective garments for field workers, and for carrying out the collection of over 3 tons of second-hand clothing that went to over 1,000 charges of the Society.
    • Ecology – Large Company: PwC, nominated by Krakow Smog Alarm Society. In cooperation with the Society, the awarded company launched activities to introduce systematic education to raise ecological awareness of the Poles. It developed the Business Against Smog Employee Volunteering Program and carried out free of charge workshops for children and young people.
    • Education – Small and Medium Sized Company: Little Frog, nominated by Critical Education Association. The title was awarded for supporting the Association in its activities aimed at counteracting unemployment and enterprise developing in  Lower Silesia region which included supporting children of Kids New Circus Wrocław by buying and making costumes as well as financing meals and logistic support during the performances.
    • Education – Large Company: Nationale – Nederlanden Life Insurance Company, nominated by Digital University Foundation. Awarded for supporting digital skills and competence development in young people. The company cooperated and supported financially the University of Success project designed for starting their adult life girls from children houses, foster families, care-taking institutions and law-income or otherwise troubled families.
    • Social Aid – Small and Medium Sized Company: Wena Accounting Office Maria Jaśkiewicz-Marciniak, nominated by Świetlikowo Gdańsk Social Innovation Foundation. Awarded for many-year support for Gdańsk Social Innovation Foundation assisting people at risk of social exclusion. Among other things, the awarded company has organized free workshops on how to pay taxes and gave office supplies and stationery to the local Parent’s Club.
    • Social Aid – Large Company: FM Logistic, nominated by Self-Reliable Robinsons Foundation. The company was awarded for taking care of young people brought up in foster care institutions, including holding internships for 22 young people under the eye of the company’s employees who acted as mentors, shared their knowledge and experience with interns and showed them possible paths of career.
    • Health Care – Small and Medium sized Company: Provalliance Poland Sp. z o.o., nominated by Gajusz Foundation. Awarded for supporting the Foundation in its activities for incurably ill children and their families, which included financial support for families looked after by the Foundation on a regular basis, covering the cost of some medicines and small medical devices for both stationary and home hospice, and on the occasion of Mother’s Day doing hair for mothers looking after their terminally ill children.
    • Health Care – Large Company: Nationale – Nederlanden Life Insurance Company, nominated by Captain Światełko Foundation. Awarded for its activities aimed at popularizing Men’s Cancer Prevention, including  the grant of PLN 80,000 for activities related to testicular and prostate cancer screening tests which allowed to carry out 85 hours of lectures and 43 events where almost 5,000 men had preventive tests  done.
    • Sports – Small and Medium sized Company: Ligihalowe.pl S.C. A. Świerzewski, B. Gendera, nominated by the Always Active Association. The company was awarded for offering free-of-charge equipment for sports events, organization of charity collections during the sports events held by the company and advertising the association’s activities, and giving awards worth several thousand zlotys for the charges of school and educational centers attending the series of free training sessions.
    • Sports – Large Company: Citi in Poland, nominated by the Foundation of the Polish Paralympic Committee. Citi was awarded for carrying out activities aimed at social perception of disability and popularization of Paralympic sports, including a meeting with Team City players, and involving over 500 Citi employees in volunteering projects  in 2019.

    The above-mentioned companies had to be nominated by non-governmental organizations. The winners were selected by the Competition Committee composed of: Henryka Bochniarz, PhD, Chairperson of the Management Board of Polish Confederation Lewiatan; Justyna Duriasz-Bułhak, Chairperson of the Polish Donors Forum; Jerzy Karwelis, journalist; Jerzy Koźmiński, President of Polish-American Freedom Foundation; Kazimierz Krupa, economic journalist; Andrzej Malinowski, PhD, President of the Employers of Poland; Anna Potocka-Domin, Vice President of Business Centre Club; Prof. Bolesław Rok, PhD, of Koźminski University; Marzena Strzelczak, President of Responsible Business Forum; and Kamil Wyszkowski, CEO of Global Compact Network Poland.

    “Socially involved in overcoming COVID-19 epidemic”

    The crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic is the unprecedented test of social solidarity. Over the last six month many aid programs and initiatives have been launched, such as financial support for hospitals, mutual assistance network, or knowledge and competence sharing platforms.

    “COVID-19 pandemic has made the need for social responsibility of business and mutual support even more visible. In a crisi situation, when mant companies have to cope with financial problems, those socially responsible ones switch to the distance working system, minimize the employment reduction, and launch support programs. They start cooperation with health care institutions and NGOs. That really is the time of collaboration and activity! It’s worth to appreciate and thank those who in that difficult time kept behaving responsibly regardless of the costs it entailed,” Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland said.

    Reacting to the present situation, the organizers – having consulted their decision with the Competition Committee and the auditor – decided to award additionally 6 honorary titles of  “Socially involved in overcoming COVID-19 epidemic” to the following initiatives:

    • Jesteśmy razem. Pomagamy! (We Joined Hands. We Help!) , which involved over 70 businesses and institutions and granted over PLN 50 million to hospitals and medical centers all over Poland for equipment (respirators and beds), personal protection equipment, and other material support.
    • #Niezwalniajmy (Let’s not slow down) campaign, aimed at promotion of strategies allowing to smallest possible reductions in employment at the time of coronavirus pandemic.
    • Warsaw Genomics. In cooperation with its over 30 partners, the company raised almost PLN 11 million for 27 293 free genetic tests to be done by hospitals and sanitary and epidemiological stations.
    • Wzywamy posiłki (We call for meals). Over 130 big and small catering companies and restaurants that joined hands and delivered for free over 230,000 dishes, 153,000 soft drinks and 100,000 other food products for medics and personnel of health care institutions.
    • Biznes szpitalom (Business for Hospitals). The campaign of  117 organizations that joined hands and within four weeks delivered such equipment as respirators, cardiac monitors, autoclaves, personal protection equipment, and disinfection services worth a total of ca. PLN 5 million to various medical centers.
    • Eksperci pomagają (Experts Help). It’s the website containing over 200 offers of assistance, consultation and business advice for companies which found themselves in difficult situation due to pandemic.

    The performance by Grzegorz Turnau added splendor to the this-year’s Gala.

    For 23 years, the Benefactor of the Year Competition has been popularizing big and small socially responsible companies. The organizer of the Competition 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 Competition is supported by: Polish Donors Forum, Polish Confederation Lewiatan, Business Centre Club, the Responsible Business Forum, Employers of Poland, Global Compact Network Poland, and CR Navigator, marketingprzykawie.pl, NGO.pl, odpowiedzialnybiznes.pl, poradnikprzedsiebiorcy.pl, egospodarka.pl, Nowy Marketing, HR na obcasach oraz HR Polska.

    For more information visit: www.dobroczyncaroku.pl

    by Kalina Grzeszuk-Zajączkowska, photos by the Academy for the Development of Philantropy in Poland
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