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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

     

    News
     
    XX Jubilee English Teaching Market is over
    XX Jubilee English Teaching Market is over
    How to work effectively with students with special educational needs? How to support communication ...
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    Superheroine with a telescope. The end of schoolyear at the SE
    Superheroine with a telescope. The end of schoolyear at the SE
    „I got a telescope at the School of Education (SE) which allows me to notice and appreciate ...
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    PAFF Leaders. Let’s Continue Our Dialogue!
    PAFF Leaders. Let’s Continue Our Dialogue!
    The rally – this year organized under the slogan of Let’s Continue Our Dialogue – was attended ...
    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)

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    25th round of the Competition for the Benefactor of the Year
    25th round of the Competition for the Benefactor of the Year
    “Do good all year round” – that slogan has accompanied socially responsible companies for the ...
    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

     

    News
     
    Kirkland Program graduates got their diplomas
    Kirkland Program graduates got their diplomas
    The ceremony of presenting diplomas took place at the University of Warsaw on June 27, 2024. ...
    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

     

    News
     
    “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

     

    News
     
    “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

     

    News
     
    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 winners of the Benefactor of the Year Competition announced
    • The winners of the Benefactor of the Year Competition announced
    • The winners of the Benefactor of the Year Competition announced
    • The winners of the Benefactor of the Year Competition announced
    • The winners of the Benefactor of the Year Competition announced
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    The winners of the Benefactor of the Year Competition announced
    The winners of the Benefactor of the Year Competition announced

    The winners of the 27th round of the Benefactor of the Year Competition were announced on June 6, 2024. Members of the Competition Committee presented statuettes to the winners, who have now a unique opportunity to get the broad public acquainted with their actions.

    The slogan of this year’s round – Change Profit Into Good And Good Into Profit. For the Environment, for the Community, for Business – referred to the impact companies can have in their neighborhood.

    The winners in individual categories are: Dr. Max, “BAT” Sp. z o.o., Biedronka Foundation, BNP Paribas Foundation, Deloitte Polska Foundation, Empiria i Wiedza Foundation, Hand Made, HENKEL POLSKA, IKEA Kraków, Nationale-Nederlanden, Nokia Solutions and Networks Sp. z o.o., and Pepco Poland sp. z o.o.

    For 27 years, the Competition for the Title of the Benefactor of the Year has been awarding firms socially involved and supporting NGOs. It is the biggest and the oldest competition of that kind in Poland.

    Since 1997 the competition has been promoting social engagement and social responsibility of enterprises, singling out the most socially active firms, allowing NGOs to thank their donors and business partners in public, inspiring entrepreneurs to take up social activities, as well as informing about the social initiatives and programs implemented by companies.

    As President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland Paweł Łukasiak notes, the 27th round of the Competition takes place in the year rich in anniversaries that are important for Poland: “2024 is a very special year for our country. We celebrate round anniversaries of important events that have had impact on Poland’s present situation. On March 12 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of joining NATO. On May 1 there was the 20th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union, and on June 4 we had the 35th anniversary of the first free election of 1989. So that is the jubilee year of free Poland.”

    Categories and Winners

    The firms and corporate foundations could be nominated by NGOs cooperating with them in the following categories: Culture and Education, Local Partnerships, Environmental and Climate Protection, Openness to Diversity, Voluntary and Charity Aid, Healthy Lifestyle, Support for Refugees and Ukraine, Business and NGOs Good Cooperation. Employee Volunteering is the only category that companies may apply to on their own.

    The Winners in each of the categories:

    I. Culture and Education Category

    Fundacja Empiria i Wiedza

    For effective work in the area of providing equal opportunities for young people in their access to education through Matura+ and Matma do kwadratu (Math Squared) project, which allowed young people to get above-average results in their exams and teachers to improve their competencies.

    II. Local Partnerships Category:

    “BAT” Sp. z o.o.

    For activities stimulating local activity of citizens through systematic cooperation with local organizations, and in particular for supporting Youth Organizational Team that operates under the Equal Opportunities program in organization of charity picnic for the hospice in Kartuzy, as well as for its engagement in numerous projects benefitting residents of Sierakowice, including support in building the playground accessible for all.

    III. Environmental and Climate Protection Category:

    Deloitte Polska Foundation

    For cooperation and engaging a broad group of addressees in implementation of Be.Eco program, including broadly conceived ecology education for elementary and high school students and providing teachers with reliable and updated knowledge on climate education.

    IV. Openness to Diversity Category:

    BNP Paribas Foundation

    For creating and implementing the Knowledge to the Power tutor and scholarship program supporting children and young people of refugee families in education and development. The program helped them successfully graduate from elementary school and get accepted at high schools, and the high school leavers do well at their final exams. The program also resulted in strengthening the participants’ sense of self-confidence and their self-assessment.

    V. Voluntary and Charity Aid Category:

    Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Hand Made

    For participating in creation of six Noble Parcel and the Academy of Future social campaigns which allowed to raise extra funds, volunteers, find people in need and engage companies in volunteering, sharing expertise and making access to experts available.

    Large Enterprise: Pepco Poland sp. z o.o.

    For financial support for 116 111 Hotline for Children and Youth allowing to cover the cost of 6,000 hours of consultant work, answering 8,5000 children and young people’s calls, including those which allowed over 100 interventions saving children in health or life threatening situations.

    VI. Healthy Lifestyle Category:

    ex aequo: Nationale-Nederlanden and Henkel Polska

    Nationale-Nederlanden: for supporting continuation and extension of U Day action encouraging women and men to take part in regular preventive health examinations and engagement for the eighth time in Mosznowładcy (Scrotum Rulers) campaign aimed at bringing to attention the issues of men’s health and preventing genital cancer.

    Henkel Polska: for making information on breast cancer prevention more accessible through support and extension of activities under the Pink Patrol project building the network of engaged women that educate on cancer prevention and offer support to patient diagnosed with a cancer.

    VII. Support for Refugees and Ukraine Category:

    Local area: Nokia Solutions and Networks

    For support in offering equal education opportunities for refugees’ children staying in Wrocław, including assistance in establishing the Ukrainian Education Center that secures children access to experts, intensive courses of Polish, and contacts with their peers.

    All Poland: Biedronka Foundation

    For assistance to 54,000 residents of Eastern Ukraine through the Parcel for a Family program providing the most necessary products to residents staying in the war area where there are blackouts and water shortages and residents are exposed to enemy’s fire, and for supporting Polish Center for International Aid

    VIII. Employee Volunteering Category:

    Dr.Max

    For creating an employee volunteering program implementing grassroot projects coordinated by volunteers, including organization of the 2nd round of EcoRun, skin cancer prevention, as well as initiating the sport challenge which allowed to offer support to children with cancer.

    IX. Business and NGOs Good Cooperation Category:

    IKEA Kraków

    For establishing a strong partnership with an NGO and supporting its activities in various areas, e.g. engaging funds and volunteers in supporting refugees, as well as assistance in organization of Multi-Cultural Center, Open Place, and Center for Education and Support.

    We would like to cordially thank all those who were nominating and who were nominated, and congratulate the Winners. Thank you for your engagement in building a better future for all of us.

    The Competition Funders and Partners

    The Competition was initiated in 1997 by Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. The Funder of the Competition for the Title of the Benefactor of the Year is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation that for many years has been accompanying us in promoting the idea of social engagement of firms.

    The competition procedures are implemented according to the highest ethical standards and in line with provisions of law and are monitored by EY acting as the competition procedures auditor.

    Partners supporting the Competition: Business Centre Club, Donors Forum, Responsible Business Forum, Global Compact Network Poland, The Lewiatan Confederation, Employers of Poland.

    Sector Partners: Raport ESG magazine and the following portals: odpowiedzialnybiznes.pl, ngo.pl, raportcsr.pl, oesg.pl, marketingprzykawie.pl, niepelnosprawni.pl, witrynawiejska.pl.

    by Katarzyna Klatt-Koryszewska (ARFP), photos: ARFP
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