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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
     
    The English Teaching Tutoring – be a volunteer tutor!
    The English Teaching Tutoring – be a volunteer tutor!
    An offer for students and other people ready to devote their time, energy and knowledge to ...
    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
     
    The objective: teacher’s effectiveness. New year at the School of Education
    The objective: teacher’s effectiveness. New year at the School of Education
    ‘The feeling of agency and effectiveness determines the level of teachers’ happiness. We will ...
    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: (81) 534 78 93, 800 444 131

    www.projektor.org.pl

    News
     
    You can learn critical thinking from your child
    You can learn critical thinking from your child
    Critical thinking is necessary to understand dynamics and complexity of the current world. ...
    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 handed over. Report from the event
    Bridge Scholarships handed over. Report from the event
    Almost 770 students received scholarships under the Bridge Scholarships Program this year; ...
    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
     
    Act Locally Centers network already comprises 80 organizations
    Act Locally Centers network already comprises 80 organizations
    In January 2024, six new organizations joined Act Locally Centers Network (ALC) with the status ...
    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
     
    Meeting with the Winners of PAFF Sector 3.0 Prize
    Meeting with the Winners of PAFF Sector 3.0 Prize
    Barbara Boryczka and Joanna Milczarek of the Association of Little Brothers of the Poor  visited ...
    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

    liderzy.pl

    News
     
    Join Polish-American Freedom Foundation Leaders
    Join Polish-American Freedom Foundation Leaders
    Zbigniew Pełczyński School of Leaders Foundation has announced enrollment to the free year-long ...
    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
     
    Development Plan is the strategy for PAFF Local Partnerships future
    Development Plan is the strategy for PAFF Local Partnerships future
    At the evaluation seminar that took place at the seat of Polish-American Freedom Foundation ...
    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
     
    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:
    News
     
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    The Education for Democracy Foundation and the Polish-American Foundation invite Polish non-governmental ...
    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
    Recruitment for study tours for students to be held in October and November 2023 is on. We ...
    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 ...
     
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    “When we were planning today’s meeting we didn’t expect it would be held in such dramatic external circumstances. (…) The war rocked our world but at the same time made us act in great solidarity with heroically struggling Ukraine. It impacted the lives and activities of all communities and institutions in Poland,” PAFF President and CEO Jerzy Koźmiński said in his welcoming address to the guests of “Act Locally and in Solidarity with Ukraine” meeting that took place in Warsaw on May 13.

    The event was attended by members of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s Board of Directors, representatives of Act Locally Centers, PAFF Local Partnerships from all over Poland, leaders of NGOs closely cooperating with PAFF and current Lane Kirkland Scholarships’ holders from Ukraine. The Special Guest was Dean of Sociology Faculty at the University of Warsaw, Professor Anna Giza, who spoke on the role of trust in building social capital.

    The purpose of the meeting was to honor the local and nationwide initiatives’ activists involved in the “ Civic Leader of the Year” competition, organized by the Newsweek Polska weekly, as well as in the “Act Locally” and “PAFF Local Partnerships” programs. And, the overarching expression of the meeting was to make clear our solidarity with the Ukrainian people fighting courageously against the Russian aggressor. It was in that context that in his welcoming address, Jerzy Koźmiński recalled that already by the end of February PAFF had redirected funds in most of its programs  toward assistance to Ukraine. This was accomplished, first of all in PAFF’s international undertakings under which almost 8,500 Ukrainian citizens have visited Poland since 2000. The PAFF President also spoke about the launching of “Support for Ukraine” – a new special program with a budget of PLN 4 million. He emphasized that “Act Locally” was the first and largest grant program of PAFF, with the important role played by a network of Act Locally Centers – organizations carrying out local grant competitions supporting various citizens’ initiatives in their areas. In this way they contribute to building and strengthening social capital. He also noted that Act Locally Centers became strongly involved in supporting Ukraine, and over the past two years they were very active in counteracting the pandemic. He recalled that the experience gained in the implementation of “Act Locally” was used in the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program. Since 2009 participants of various PAFF’s programs have been establishing local coalitions that implement projects for the common good of their communities. Ambassador Koźmiński thanked all organizations and partners involved in those initiatives and, to begin with, the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, the manager of both programs and substantive partner in the “Civic Leader of the Year” competition.  He also expressed profound solidarity and strong support for the Lane Kirkland Scholarships’ holders from Ukraine who were present at the meeting.

    Chairman of the PAFF Board of Directors, Andrew Nagorski, conveyed his great appreciation for Ukrainians’ determination and bravery in their fight against the invaders, and also for the Poles who, from the very first day of war, became intensively involved in assisting their eastern neighbors  whose country is facing such a great tragedy. “You opened both your hearts and houses for refugees from Ukraine. That’s a very humanitarian, important and noble gesture,” Andrew Nagorski said. He also noted that the huge role the Poles continue to play in supporting Ukraine has had a massive impact on the positive way Poland is being perceived in the world.

    The answer to the question of who a civic leader is was given by the co-host of the meeting, Tomasz Lis: “A civic leader is a person who wants to do something for his neighbors and community to make the world around us better.” In his speech the editor-in-chief of  the Newsweek Polska weekly  thanked all the activists and civic leaders. “It is worth looking at the efforts of people we are awarding today and those whom we awarded in the previous years. (…) All that you do is great promotion of social activity”, Tomasz Lis said.

    President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, Paweł Łukasiak, pointed to the fact that the unique nature of “Act Locally” and “PAFF Local Partnerships” results, primarily, from their underlying values, including readiness to act , courage, empathy and social solidarity. “It is in the spirit of these values that more than 13,000 projects have been implemented in Poland over more than 20 years. (…) It facilitated establishment at the local level of strong and durable cooperation networks of volunteers, leaders, activists and local government representatives,” he said. He also noted that the power of that cooperation was particularly visible at the time of the pandemic and continues to be visible now, when Poles are so strongly involved in supporting Ukraine.

    During the meeting the winners of the “Civic Leader of the Year” competition, organized by the Newsweek Polska weekly, were announced. The competition refers to Nobelist Wisława Szymborska’s initiative of 1996, implemented by Jacek Kuroń and the SOS Social Assistance Foundation. Its objective is to award social activity in Poland and promote initiatives of individuals active in NGOs, informal groups and local governments who deal with social problems. The winners of the “Civic Leader of the Year 2021” are: Dominik Dobrowolski in the national engagement category, Mariusz Antolak, President of the „W Krajobrazie”(In the Landscape) Foundation in the local engagement category, and Sławomir Kaliński, President of the Novis Plus Foundation in social engagement category at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition jury also granted three special awards, going to: Janusz Bukowski – founder of the Dać Siebie Innym (Give Yourself to the Others) Foundation, Dorota Lisiak – President of the Baranówko Initiative Group Association and the Rescue Foundation. The Main Partner of the competition is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, and the Substantive Partner – the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.

    The event provided an opportunity to thank Act Locally Centers for their engagement in supporting Ukraine. For the especially large scale of activities assisting Ukrainian communities and war refugees, the Czajnia Association received a special prize of PLN 20,000 awarded by PAFF and the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. The check was presented to Aleksander Jurzysta by the Chairperson of the PAFF Board of Director’s Investment Committee, Carla Skodinski.

    During the meeting the 7th round of the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program was summarized as well. The most effective of those partnerships – the Initiative Group of Płużnicka Współdzielnia project – received a prize of PLN 20,000 which was presented to Justyna Jankowska and Małgorzata Ludwiżewska.

    Also, five grants of up to PLN 15,000 were awarded for the implementation of “enhancing projects”. They went to the following Initiative Groups: from the Gołdap commune for the “Culture for the space” project, from the Międzyrzecz commune for the “TV for sure” project, from the Niepołomice municipality for the “We Put Down Roots III” project, from the Orneta municipality for the “Social BOOM” project and from the Płużnica commune for the “Płużnicka Współdzielnia” project.  Grants of PLN 12,000 for continuation of the start-ups set up under the 7th round of “PAFF Local Partnerships” went to two Initiative Groups: from the Gaszowice commune for the “In the Old Pantry of baron von Roth” project, and from the Lądek Zdrój commune for the “What Do We Need? Let’s Continue To Act!” project.

    The event was closed with an “In Solidarity with Ukraine” recital by Aga Zaryan, the “Fryderyk” award holder, often honored with platinum and gold records, accompanied by her band.

    Host of the meeting was Grzegorz Nawrocki.

    Photo courtesy of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland

    by Przemysław Zaroń
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