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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. The program’s rich offer contributes to the professional development of English teachers who are working in small localities.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Nidzica Development Foundation “NIDA”
    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

    englishteaching.org.pl

     

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    PAFF Directors visits the Nidzica Development Foundation NIDA
    PAFF Directors visits the Nidzica Development Foundation NIDA
    Ceremonial initiation of the first American Garden in Poland, “English Teaching” demo lesson ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    This is 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 regular grant competitions as well as training and regional forums enabling the exchange of experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects related to education and training of children and youth.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Civis Polonus Foundation
    Bagatela 10 St., Ap. 36, 00-585 warsaw
    tel. +48 509 725 536; (48 22) 827 52 49
    e-mail: fundacja@civispolonus.org.pl

    rownacszanse.pl

     

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    Ready for the Future. Debate on the challenges faced by youth
    Ready for the Future. Debate on the challenges faced by youth
    It’s already for the third time that the “Equal Opportunities” program initiated probably as ...
    LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
     
    The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education using 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 their best practices. The program includes post-graduate studies for school principals as well as interactive Internet courses for teachers. Particular emphasis is placed on schools in rural ...
    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) 518 287 625
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

    sus.ceo.org.pl

     

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    The “LES” Summer School for Directors
    The “LES” Summer School for Directors
    In the beginning of July, while students and teachers were enjoying their summer holidays, ...
    PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
     
    The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw (UW), is to prepare candidates for the teaching profession. This one-year postgraduate, full-time study is addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Columbia University Teachers College in New York. The PAFF and UW School of Education also conducts training sessions, seminars and e-learning courses for in-service ...
    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

    szkolaedukacji.pl

     

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    PAFF Directors met at the PAFF and UW School of Education
    PAFF Directors met at the PAFF and UW School of Education
    Prof. Anna Fornalczyk and Rector Krzysztof Pawłowski have visited the PAFF and UW School of ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea is to tap into the intellectual potential and energy of university students in order to promote equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities as well as activating the volunteers’ social involvement. 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: +48 507 703 240

    www.projektor.org.pl

     

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    Summer workshops with “PROJECTOR” and IT for SHE Kids
    Summer workshops with “PROJECTOR” and IT for SHE Kids
    Are you active in local NGO, Farmer’s Wives Club, culture institution, community center or ...
    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 recipients a door to further assistance 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

    www.stypendia-pomostowe.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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    Bridge Scholarships – a bridge to the better future
    Bridge Scholarships – a bridge to the better future
    High school-leavers coming from small towns or villages and low-income families may apply for ...
    FOSTERING RESILIENCE IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH
     
    A new undertaking aimed at enhancing children’s and youth’s mental resilience. The objective of the program is to develop teachers’ and educators’ competence; in their educational work they more and more often have to deal with young people who are depressed, have low motivation, experience loneliness and lack of self-esteem.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

     

    The School with Class Foundation
    19 Śniadeckich St., 00-654 Warsaw
    tel. (48) 518 287 625
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

     

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    9/11 Nowolipie St., 00-150 Warsaw
    e-mail: biuro@fed.org.pl

    News
     
    PAFF with a new program for enhancing children’s and youth’s mental resilience
    PAFF with a new program for enhancing children’s and youth’s mental resilience
    The objective of the program is to develop teachers’ and educators’ competence; in their educational ...
    THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
     
    The objective of this program is to unleash the social energy of senior citizens. It is carried out at two levels: the “Seniors in Action” grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with ideas and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration, as well as support for the Third Age Universities by providing them with training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities that promotes TAU students’ 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

    seniorzywakcji.pl

     

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    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    The 10th round of the „Seniors in Action” competition is pending. The competition, with its ...
    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, as well as the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and the Kursodrom.pl). It also supports non-governmental organizations with information and advocacy efforts designed to help them effectively obtain ...
    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
     
    Grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to many different initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of villages and small towns, serving their developmental aspirations. The activities involve cooperation of various partners and all respond to the specific needs of their local communities. As a result, they contribute to the building of social capital and the overall improvement of the quality of life. ...
    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

    dzialajlokalnie.pl

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    Training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network. Report
    Training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network. Report
    A series of training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network took place from February 27 to ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    The aim is to broaden the knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in the practical use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). The program comprises several components: informational (website, VOD, and blog), promotional (Sector 3.0 Festivals), advisory (ICT Mobile Advisors network and e-learning), and financial (Innovation Fund).
    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

    sektor3-0.pl

     

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    Work Smarter. This year’s round of the Sector 3.0 Festival is over
    Work Smarter. This year’s round of the Sector 3.0 Festival is over
    The 14th round of the Sector 3.0 Festival, which took place at the Cambridge Innovation Center ...
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    This undertaking is primarily addressed to active participants of various PAFF programs, supporting development of the local leaders’ skills and qualifications necessary to work effectively for the benefit of their communities. The program uses the tutoring method; placing a tutor with a leader for a protracted length of time. Program alumni are encouraged to participate in workshops, study visits to Poland and other countries, and meetings with public figures.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    Zbigniew Pełczyński 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

    programliderski.pl

     

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    Monika Horna-Cieślak was a guest of PAFF Leaders congress
    Monika Horna-Cieślak was a guest of PAFF Leaders congress
    “I can see in you a lot of energy, sensitivity, and willingness to change the world,” the Child ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    Under the program, PAFF currently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award for local newspapers, offers training for local media journalists under the “Media Forum. Local Development” project, and organizes the annual Civic Congress in Warsaw.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Local Press Association (The Bolesław Wierzbiański Award)

    The Media Forum Foundation (“Media Forum. Local Development”)

    The Institute for Market Economics (Civic Congress)

    The Pro Publico Bono Competition Foundation (2000-2014)

     

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    Local media journalists met at the PAFF Head Office
    Local media journalists met at the PAFF Head Office
    Digital transformation of a title, local portal subscriptions, interventional journalism, and ...
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
     
    From 2009 to 2015, thanks to the partnership of PAFF with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 3,808 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported. They have become modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education. From 2021 to 2023, the program reached over 400 new libraries. One of our methods for consolidating program outcomes is to increase the digital competencies of librarians and ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20

    biblioteki.org

     

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    How do libraries help? The 14th Library Congress
    How do libraries help? The 14th Library Congress
    How Can I Help? Was the slogan of this year’s 14th National Library Congress, that took place ...
    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 in the implementing partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to the consolidation of social capital.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 622 01 22

    www.lokalnepartnerstwa.org.pl

     

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    The Partnership Development Academy is on
    The Partnership Development Academy is on
    Almost 40 representatives of 15 Initiative Groups coming from the most active municipalities ...
    GREEN LEADER
     
    The program supports local leaders who want to gain knowledge and competencies in conducting actions aimed at protecting the environment in their local communities and dealing with climate change, as well as effectively obtaining EU funds for implementation of their initiatives.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Sendzimir Foundation
    46a Mokotowska St., Ap. 25
    00-543 Warszawa

    zielonylider.org

    tel. +48 663 202 050

    Contact person:
    Maria Wiśnicka
    Project Coordinator

     

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    Join Green Leaders Team. The enrollment is on
    Join Green Leaders Team. The enrollment is on
    Poland will receive over PLN 100 billion for energy transformation and adaptation to climate ...
    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, scholars have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes 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

    kirkland.edu.pl

     

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    Warsaw hosted this-year’s Kirklanders
    Warsaw hosted this-year’s Kirklanders
    The meeting of Kirkland Program scholarship holders in Warsaw is a permanent event held for ...
    REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
     
    The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations aimed at sharing various aspects Poland’s experience in transformation This is 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

    programrita.org

     

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    “Support for Ukraine” – a fast RITA grant path
    “Support for Ukraine” – a fast RITA grant path
    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Education for Democracy Foundation invite Polish ...
    STUDY TOURS TO POLAND (STP)
     
    These study visits, implemented since 2004, are to show the realities of Poland and the EU to active citizens of East European, South Caucasus and Central Asia countries. The participants are university student leaders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Moldova as well as professionals from countries of the Region. Under the program the Foundation supports the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) addressed to experts coming from Eastern Partnership countries.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    e-mail: stp@studytours.pl

    studytours.pl

     

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    “Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
    “Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
    Enrollment for study tours for students from Ukraine and Moldova that will take place in the ...
    SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE
     
    A special program launched by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation in response to the war in Ukraine is addressed to Polish NGOs helping the civilian population in Ukraine as well as war refugees coming to Poland.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    ul. Nowolipie 9/11, 00-150 Warszawa
    e-mail: ukraina@fed.org.pl

    Contacts persons:
    Sylwia Gajownik, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 535 854 424
    Agnieszka Świeczka, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 605 787 757

    fed.org.pl/wspieramy-ukraine

     

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    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Under “Support for Ukraine”, the new program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, 59 ...
     
    The "20 years of the PAFF" publication
     
    The "20 years of the PAFF" publication
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    The "20 years of the PAFF" publication

    We present you with our jubilee publication beginning with the letter from Chairman of PAFF’s Board of Directors Andrew Nagorski and PAFF President Jerzy Koźmiński.

    Dear Friends,

    It is our great pleasure to present this publication summarizing 20 years of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s activities.

    The establishment of the Foundation was made possible thanks to the success of the Polish-American Enterprise Fund. The Enterprise Fund was created at the initiative of President George H. W. Bush under the “Support for East European Democracy Act” passed by the U.S. Congress in 1989. In the nineties, the Enterprise Fund played an active and important role in supporting the development of a market economy in Poland. Due to its effective investment operations, the Fund was able to generate a significant profit from the original $240 million granted to it by Congress. In 2000, based on an agreement between the governments of Poland and the United States, the Fund returned half of its initial capital – $120 million – to the U.S. budget, while the other half, along with the entire surplus, was earmarked for the newly established Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s endowment. This amounted to a total of $255 million.

    The founders of PAFF had two primary goals in mind: helping consolidate the results of the Polish changes triggered by the momentous events in 1989, and sharing Poland’s experiences in its transformation with other countries. Such broadly defined objectives had to be narrowed down. In its activities in Poland, the Foundation decided to focus on those communities and groups that needed the most support during the period of transition, especially in villages and small towns. As a result, two leading issues have dominated PAFF programs since inception: levelling the playing field in education along with improving the quality of education overall, as well as supporting development of local communities and building social capital within them.

    Over the 20 years of activity, the Foundation has launched 37 programs for which it provided almost $216 million of its own funds and attracted nearly $210 million from outside sources. Those funds enabled us to grant more than 30,000 scholarships for university studies to young people from low-income families, to offer training workshops on modern teaching methods to 110,000 teachers, and to run 16,000 local projects in which hundreds of thousands of people took part. Those funds also allowed more than 14,000 student-volunteers to carry out 40,000 educational projects for 390,000 children and youth, and over 30,000 local leaders and NGO managers to participate in professional training to improve their qualifications and skills.

    As a result of cooperation with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PAFF received a grant of $31 million to implement the Library Development Program in Poland, part of the international “Global Libraries” undertaking. The Library Development Program transformed almost 4,000 Polish libraries in villages and small towns, turning them into modern centers of education, culture and information teeming with civic activity. About 10,000 librarians participated in training workshops, while their institutions received modern computer equipment, software, and free access to the internet.

    A few years ago, a unique institution – the School of Education of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the University of Warsaw – was opened in Warsaw. This innovative program was created in close cooperation with Columbia University Teachers College in New York. The School of Education is the first full-time postgraduate study program in Poland that combines theoretical classes with practice lessons at school, equipping students to enter the teaching profession fully prepared.

    From the beginning, the Foundation has been active in sharing the experiences gained by Poland in the course of her systemic transformation and integration with the European Union. PAFF has supported more than 1,000 projects of cooperation between Polish NGOs and their partners in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia. PAFF study tours have enabled almost 10,000 university students and young professionals from the East to visit Warsaw and many other Polish cities, along with smaller localities. If you add to that the number of Lane Kirkland Scholarships Program participants, this means that more than 14,000 people have visited Poland thanks to PAFF programs since 2000.

    For nearly 10 years the Foundation has had its own building in Warsaw where its Representative Office in Poland is located. This investment proved very useful as it considerably increased the ability of our organization to carry out numerous activities. Thanks to its modern conference infrastructure, nearly 1,000 events in the Wilanów office have been organized since 2011. They included workshops, seminars, training sessions and other meetings. Every year these events are attended by more than 2,000 participants of PAFF programs.

    All those numbers clearly show the broad scope of PAFF’s activities. They are the product of the huge engagement and hard work of many people. In this special 20th anniversary year, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the partners, civic leaders, NGOs and other institutions involved in the implementation of PAFF’s undertakings. First of all, we express our great appreciation to those organizations that took on the role of PAFF Program Managers; our successes are achieved thanks to their teams of experienced, creative, and enthusiastic individuals.

    We would also like to express our tremendous gratitude to the Members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. We can always rely on their unwavering support, good will, knowledge, and experience. We truly regret that some of them left us before they were able to witness our 20th anniversary. We are missing John P. Birkelund, who served as Chairman of the Board of Directors until 2012, Zbigniew Brzeziński, Robert G. Faris, Nicholas A. Rey, John H. D’Arms, Aleksander Koj and Frederic M. Bohen.

    Finally, we want to emphasize that none of our activities would have been possible without the everyday involvement of the PAFF team. We have had the pleasure of working with a truly amazing group of people from the very beginning of our operation. We would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank our exceptional staff members.

    The past 20 years was a very good time for the Foundation. We were able to achieve the goals we set for ourselves and regularly adapt our activities to the continuously changing environment. We firmly believe that the experience we have gained and the valuable support we have received from our partners will allow us to continue our mission successfully in the years to come.

    Andrew Nagorski
    Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Jerzy Koźmiński
    President and CEO

    New York/Warsaw, March 2020

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