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    ENGLISH TEACHING
     
    The program is addressed to schools, teachers 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 teachers – the Ambassadors of the Program – have a chance to implement their own projects. They also promote the program and teachers’ networking.
    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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    16th English Teaching Market
    16th English Teaching Market
    The main objectives of English Teaching Market educational meetings is to help English teachers ...
    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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    Youth Leaders Training
    Youth Leaders Training
    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation is recruiting candidates for Youth Leaders Training ...
    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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    11th All-Poland School with Class Festival
    11th All-Poland School with Class Festival
    At the end of May, the 11th All-Poland School with Class Festival summing up the 17th round ...
    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 and math. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Teachers College, Columbia University.
    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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    A few more students can be accepted by the School of Education
    A few more students can be accepted by the School of Education
    Graduates of Polish studies, math, biology and history – it’s the last moment to apply to the ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea behind this program is to tap into the intellectual potential and activities of university students in order to help create 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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    “PROJECTOR” and PHA extend horizons
    “PROJECTOR” and PHA extend horizons
    The Polish Humanitarian Action volunteers will use the opportunities offered by the “PROJECTOR” ...
    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
     
    A joint undertaking by various organizations 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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    Get a bridge scholarship for your studies!
    Get a bridge scholarship for your studies!
    Ambitious and talented high school graduates from small towns and villages who are starting ...
    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 volunteering activities.
    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 and villages, foster developmental aspirations, contribute to building the social capital and in consequence improve the quality of life. Successive ALCs are selected through a competition. The Foundation also supports the “Benefactor of the Year” competition which promotes the social involvement ...
    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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    Study tour by Ukrainian NGOs
    Study tour by Ukrainian NGOs
    Ustrzyki Dolne, Dębica, Sandomierz, Tomaszów Lubelski and Biłgoraj – these are the towns visited ...
    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: educational, which is implemented through the technologie.ngo.pl portal; promotional, under which the „Sector 3.0” conferences 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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    “Empowering Creators” Sector 3.0 Festival
    “Empowering Creators” Sector 3.0 Festival
    Over 900 participants from 13 countries, speeches given by almost 70 Polish and foreign experts. ...
    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. This is achieved mainly through the use of the tutoring method. The program 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 customized training sessions. The offer for the program alumni, aimed at further improvement of their leadership skills, allows ...
    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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    10 years with International Visitor Leadership Program
    10 years with International Visitor Leadership Program
    On September 18, 2017 the PAFW Leaders participating in study visits to the USA were hosted ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    The “Pro Publico Bono” Competition for the Best Civil Initiative was launched in 1999 by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Since 2000, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation has funded the prizes awarded in the Competition.
    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
     
    The main objective of the program carried out until April 2015 in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting public libraries in rural and rural-urban areas as well as towns with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants in their transformation into multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Thanks to the support lent to almost 4,000 libraries, residents of villages and small towns ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”
    “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”
    On November 15-16, 2018, the 9th Polish Library Congress attended by over 260 librarians, representatives ...
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
     
    The purpose of the program is to initiate and develop cooperation among beneficiaries of various PAFF programs that establish Local Partnerships involving 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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    Common Good Seminar
    Common Good Seminar
    On June 6 and 7, the fifth Common Good Lab seminar was held at the Polish-American Freedom ...
    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 practical internships, they have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and Poland’s road to European Union membership.
    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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    Reunion of the Lane Kirkland Program scholarship holders in Warsaw
    Reunion of the Lane Kirkland Program scholarship holders in Warsaw
    On February 13-15, the participants of the 19th edition of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program ...
    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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    Ambassadors of Transition in the Region met in Łódź
    Ambassadors of Transition in the Region met in Łódź
    The representatives of non-governmental organizations cooperating with partners from Eastern ...
    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 those and other 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 ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    Seventh round of WEASA
    Seventh round of WEASA
    On July 9, 2019, Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) was inaugurated at the Natolin ...
     
    • The “Benefactor of the Year” title awarded
    • The “Benefactor of the Year” title awarded
    • The “Benefactor of the Year” title awarded
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    The “Benefactor of the Year” title awarded
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    The “Benefactor of the Year” title awarded

    On May 28, the Gala of 22nd round of the “Benefactor of the Year” Competition was held in Kamienica Theater in Warsaw. Eleven winners of the title were selected, and three companies were awarded the honorary mention for their achievements in the area of CSR and cooperation with NGOs in carrying out unusual social projects.

    In the 22nd round of the “Benefactor of the Year” Competition, the title was awarded in the following categories:

    • Local Development: ZAKŁAD FOTOGRAFICZNY U JARKA – JAROSŁAW DEKA for many-year, consistent cooperation with NGOs and especially for involvement in implementation of numerous projects benefitting the local community of Żywiec, including initiating and financing redecoration of the children’s hospital, and for assistance in creating a modern sensory room at the  special education center.
    • Corporate Foundation: PKO BANK POLSKI FOUNDATION for activities aimed at increasing automotive mobility of the disabled, including support in financing driving courses and special adaptation of cars, as well as in establishing the Center for the Disabled Automotive Mobility.
    • Education – Small and Medium Sized Company: MAGOVOX SP. Z O.O., for involvement in creating the Strengthened program offering consulting and training services to women and girls in Poland, and for financial and substantive support in its implementation.
    • Education – Large Company: BUDIMEX S.A., for financing the construction and securing the infrastructure for Tawny Owl Forest Kindergarten, as well as for training of its staff.
    • Ecology – Small and Medium Sized Company: ETTEPLAN POLAND SP. Z O.O., for enhancing the potential of civil nature monitoring and ecological education through the Bumblebee Detector mobile application that enabled receiving 544 bumblebee records informing about 21 bumblebee species, of which six are very rare and endangered.
    • Social aid – Small and Medium Sized Company: KWADRAT MULTIMEDIA S.C. KATARZYNA I PAWEŁ PUZOŃ, for supporting activities benefitting children with cancer, which included repeated and free-of-charge marketing support, creation of unique calendars sale proceeds of which go to the Foundation’s account, and support in the 1% of Tax campaign.
    • Social aid – Large Company: JERONIMO MARTINS POLSKA S.A., for systemic work against malnutrition and food waste, including support for 5 303 seniors under the Everyday Shopping program by offering them pre-paid cards with which they can pay for basic products, and for developing the process of transferring the  food with short shell life to the needy under the Caritas Pantry program.
    • Health Care – Small and Medium sized Company: UCB PHARMA SP. Z O.O., for supporting people with epilepsy, including substantive and financial contribution in creating the Innovative Training Phantom Presenting an Epilepsy Seizure, cooperation in obtaining access to the latest research results and supporting organization of workshops on first aid for people with epilepsy.
    • Health Care – Large Company: AUCHAN POLSKA SP. Z O.O., for activities aimed at increasing the number of bone marrow donors and bone marrow donation awareness  among 50,000 customers and 2,000 staff, resulting in registration of almost 9,000 potential bone marrow donors and raising almost PLN 5,000 for examining them.
    • Sports – Small and Medium sized Company: LIGIHALOWE.PL S.C. A. ŚWIERZEWSKI, B. GENDERA, 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 which last year resulted in transferring of almost PLN 25,000 for the charges of the organization.
    • Sports – Large Company: POWSZECHNY ZAKŁAD UBEZPIECZEŃ NA ŻYCIE S.A., for supporting sports charities, including financing the annual mountain running aimed at raising money for curing children with cancer, as well as financial and organizational support for sports events and all-year’s training  for the disabled.

    The Competition Committee awarded also the following honorary mentions:

    • Education – an honorary mention: SAP POLSKA, for popularizing young people’s  digital skills and supporting initiatives aimed at learning how to code.
    • Social Aid – an honorary mention: NESTLE PURINA, for substantive and financial support for Adopciaki.pl program aimed at responsible adoption of animals from a shelter.
    • Health care – an honorary mention: NATIONALE-NEDERLANDEN TOWARZYSTWO UBEZPIECZEŃ NA ŻYCIE, for supporting Movember educational campaign to increase awareness of cancers affecting men as a result of which over 2,000 men were examined in 2018.

    For 22 years, the Competition has been awarding socially responsible companies. The “Benefactor of the Year” title became an inspiration for numerous local and regional  competitions carried out by both NGOs and local public administration. It popularizes and collects good practices of large corporations (which have the biggest experience in CSR and CCI), and charity actions of small and medium sized companies. The Competition does not make a distinction between better and worse companies, it only shows that good is good regardless of a company’s size or amounts donated to charity.

    The Competition is organized by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. The Polish-American Freedom Foundation, supporting the competition since 2002, was the patron of the “Local Involvement” category that promotes social activities of firms which contribute to transformation of local communities  in cooperation with Act Locally Centers. The competition legal supervisor was EY.

    The Competition is supported by: the Polish Donors Forum, Lewiatan Polish Confederation of Private Employers, Business Centre Club, the Responsible Business Forum, Employers of Poland, and United Nations Global Compact Poland.

    The performance by Piotr Polek added splendor to the this-year’s Gala.

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