The competition is a continuation of the idea promoted by the “SOS SOCIAL ASSISTANCE” Foundation in 1997. It was initiated by Jacek Kuroń at the request of Wisława Szymborska who asked to help her share with the society the money from her Nobel Prize for Literature.
The objective of the competition is to show activity of people and organizations supporting them in dealing with various social problems, and popularize examples of civic attitudes and taking the matters into their own hands, not waiting for institutional help.
Candidates for the Newsweek Polska “Civic Leader of the Year” title can be proposed in three categories: national involvement, local involvement, and social involvement during COVID-19 epidemic. The submissions can be made by NGOs, public institutions, informal groups, companies, religious associations and individuals (provided that they can indicate the organization or institution that can recommend them).
The submission form and Competition Regulations can be found on: www.filantropia.org.pl/post/spolecznikroku and www.spolecznikroku.newsweek.pl.
The applications with nominations can be submitted by September 30, 2021 (inclusive) at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The competition will be decided sometime within the first three months of 2022. The winners’ profiles and activities will be presented in the article published in Newsweek Polska weekly.
The winners will be selected by the Competition Committee composed of: Head of the Society section at Newsweek Polska Renata Kim; President and CEO of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation Jerzy Koźmiński; Jacek Kuroń’s grandson and a famous cooking expert Jan Kuroń; Newseek Polska Editor-in-chief Tomasz Lis; President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland Paweł Łukasiak; President of the Polish Humanitarian Action Janina Ochojska; President of the School for Leaders Foundation Przemysław Radwan-Röhrenschef; and President of Wisława Szymborska Foundation Michał Rusinek.
The Main Partner in the Newsweek Polska “Civic Leader Competition” is Polish-American Freedom Foundation, and the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland is the Substantive Partner.