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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 ...
    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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    The Summer School for “LES” Directors
    The Summer School for “LES” Directors
    Almost 120 participants – directors and vice directors of schools involved in the “Learning ...
    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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    Andrew Nagorski at the School of Education
    Andrew Nagorski at the School of Education
    How can experience gained at the PAFF and UW School of Education be used in the first years ...
    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 ...
    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 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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    The pandemic didn’t stop social energy
    The pandemic didn’t stop social energy
    Despite the restrictions and difficulties related to the pandemic, Act Locally Centers have ...
    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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    “Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” a campaign of the “Demagog” Association
    “Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” a campaign of the “Demagog” Association
    “Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” social campaign prepared by the “Demagog” Association, ...
    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 12th Library Convention: “For your wellbeing”
    The 12th Library Convention: “For your wellbeing”
    Organized as part of the Library Development Program, the 12th Public Library Convention was ...
    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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    How to foster the common good?
    How to foster the common good?
    Animation for the future: new experiences, ideas, maintaining the partners’ involvement and ...
    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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    The Kirklanders have inaugurated new academic year
    The Kirklanders have inaugurated new academic year
    45 scholarship holders who came from 10 countries of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central ...
    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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    20th anniversary of the “RITA” Program
    20th anniversary of the “RITA” Program
    Almost 60 Polish NGOs and their partner organizations in Central and Eastern European countries ...
    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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    The Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) 2021
    The Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) 2021
    The 9th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) took place from July 12 to July ...
     
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    Finals of Charity Stars Plebiscite

    Agnieszka Więdłocha and Antoni Pawlicki, Michał Grudziński, Piotr Zelt, Joanna Koroniewska and Maciej Dowbor are the winners of 12th round of Charity Stars Plebiscite. The Plebiscite Chapter awarded also a charity action – the book titled ‘Hope’. The special award of "Twój Styl" magazine – the main partner of the Plebiscite – went to Katarzyna Żak, and the Honorary Charity Star – to Mateusz Damięcki. This year, the double winner was Marcin Dorociński. The Actor received Charity Star of Responsible Business Forum, and the Honorary Award.

    The awards ceremony took place during the ‘Charity Stars’ Charity Ball held at Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel on October 9. The event was co-hosted by representatives of three TV stations – Bartek Jędrzejak of TVN, Agnieszka Hyży of Polsat and Aleksandra Kostka of TVP2.

    The award in EDUCATION category was received by Agnieszka Więdłocha and Antoni Pawlicki who have been cooperating since 2016 in the ‘Hero ON – switch on history!’ national campaign dedicated to Warsaw Uprising participants and promoting history of Poland in the 20th century.

    Piotr Zelt won the award in HEALTH category. The actor is an ambassador of the ‘Faces of Depression. I Don’t Assess. I Accept’  social campaign. His involvement in the campaign, encouraging Poles to look for professional psychological and pharmacological support and the history of his personal struggle with the disease were highly appreciated. The actor inspires many people, helps them overcome their fear of seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist.

    The award in CHARITY ASSISTANCE category went to actor Michał Grudziński for involvement in his charity work. He has been an ambassador and friend of Hospicjum Palium hospice in Poznań for many years. He actively supports its crowdfunding campaigns participating e.g. in such campaigns as 1% of tax for the Hospice, as well as organization of annul Concert for Friends and Donors of Hospice where he holds the auctions.

    In the STARS AGAINST COVID-19 PANDEMIC category the Plebiscite Chapter selected two winners this year. The first winner is a team consisting of Joanna Koroniewska and Maciej Dowbor who organized spontaneous and humorous House Parties at the Dowbors’ at the time of the first pandemic wave. Since March 2020, over 100 such house parties were held during which charity fundraising and campaigns are promoted.

    The other winner was a literary charity action – a publication titled Hope. Its initiator was Agora Publishing House director Robert Kijak. That exceptional work consists of 40 works by Olga Tokarczuk, Hanna Krall, Wiesław Myśliwski, Andrzej Stasiuk, Mariusz Szczygieł, Joanna Bator, Jacek Dehnel, Sylwia Chutnik, Grażyna Plebanek, Ignacy Karpowicza, Filip Springer, Paweł Piotr Reszka, among the others. All involved in that initiative worked as volunteers. And the profit gained – almost PLN 1,7 m – went to 62 social aid centers and hospices.

    Honorary Awards

    Mateusz Damięcki skillfully uses his social media channels for charity purposes. His #hophopchallenge which opens in a new tab for children with spinal muscle atrophy (SMA) became very popular and involves many famous people. Since 2016, the actor has been a Sustainable Development Ambassador of United Nations Global Compact Network Poland; he was the face of End the Cage Age campaign of Compassion Polska; he is an ambassador of Przemek Dzieciom Foundation, participated in the fashion show organized by Orimari Foundation, and in photo session to calendar published by Dream Come True Foundation,  takes part in campaigns run by Zaczytani.org Foundation and reading actions of local libraries. He was also active in Warsaw Uprising Museum social campaign promoting altruism, loyalty and courage. Currently Mateusz Damięcki decided to support SMA Foundation activities.

    Marcin Dorociński has recently started to cooperate with Fundacja Niesiemy Nadzieję that in turn thanked him for that nominating him to the Plebiscite award. The actor is best known for his support to WWF Polska and animal shelters. He regularly donates the Zakątek Weteranów (Veterans’ Nook) where retired dogs and horses that worked for uniform services live. He is also strongly involved in Dream Dinner action of The Mam Marzenie Foundation which has already raised over PLN 200,000. He has been participating in the finals of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, and is a volunteer of Ronald McDonald’s Foundation.

    Special Awards

    The editorial office of „Twój Styl” magazine – the main partner of the Plebiscite – gave its special award to Katarzyna Żak. The actress is an ambassador of the Friends of Hospice in Chojnice Society and helps to raise funds for building that institution. She supports also Akogo? Foundation run by Ewa Błaszczyk. This year she joined a fundraising campaign for rebuilding journalist Małgorzata Puczyłowska and her son’s burned house. Katarzyna Żak is also involved in activities saving lives of species endangered with extinction and building sustainable marine ecosystems. And an ambassador of Beautiful Because Healthy social campaign.

    Awarded this year Charity Star of Responsible Business Forum went to Marcin Dorociński. The Forum has appreciated his huge personal support for activities protecting natural environment, his brave way of speaking about the necessity to counteract the climate change and protect biodiversity, and promoting simple but important changes of lifestyle which make it more ecological.

    About the Plebiscite

    This year’s winners were selected by the Plebiscite Chapter comprised of: the Academy for Development of Philanthropy in Poland President Paweł Łukasiak, member of the Bauer Publishing House Management Board Monika Krokiewicz, President and CEO of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation Jerzy Koźmiński, TVN Program Director Edward Miszczak, journalist and President of You Are Not Alone TVN Foundation Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska, President and General Director of Responsible Busines Forum Marzena Strzelczak, philanthropist, president and initiator of Omenaa Foundation, winner of Honorary Charity Star 2019 Omenaa Mensah, member of the Polsat TV Management Board Nina Terentiew, actress and winner of the Plebiscite honorary award in 2013 Magdalena Różczka , Polsat Foundation President Krystyna Aldridge-Holc, and Director of  Łukasiewicz Research Network Jerzy Karwelis.

    Charity Stars is the only initiative in Poland awarding social involvement of culture, entertainment, media, film, sports and the Internet celebrities. Nominations for the awards are submitted by invited foundations, associations, corporate foundations, managers of the stars and other institutions cooperating with public personalities well known and socially active. The Charity Star title is awarded to people who use their public recognition and popularity as a tool for helping or saving lives of others and changing the world for the better. They not only think how to help or improve the world but also perform certain work to achieve that goal.

    The Plebiscite initiator: the Academy for Development of Philanthropy in Poland

    The main partner: „Twój Styl” magazine

    The partner of the Plebiscite and gwiazdydobroczynnosci.pl portal: the Polish-American Freedom Foundation

    The Plebiscite Patron: Responsible Business Forum

    Media Patrons: Polsat, TVN, TVP2, www.twojstyl.pl, portal ngo.pl

    Statuettes Sponsor: Apart

    Supporting Partners: Hotel Sofitel Warsaw Victoria, Unit4Men, Prouvé, Egmont, Bielenda, Sylveco, Stojo, Panul, Shecell, Lekam, Finedeeds

    Source: the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
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