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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 90 INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. WE FEED, EDUCATE AND EMPOWER POOR CHILDREN IN POLAND. COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE FED OVER 5 MILLION HOT MEALS TO SOME OF POLAND’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. OUR MISSION IS TO LEAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN RAISING THE LEVEL AND QUALITY OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

February 27, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 7

"The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved."
- Victor Hugo

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Firms that adopt environmentally and socially responsible policies significantly outperform their peers.

- Tom Gallagher, NCR Today, Feb. 22, 2012

1% OF YOUR CORPORATE AND INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX BURDEN FOR OUR PROMISEKIDS?

We are happy to announce that we are making progress in qualifying to receive 1% of your corporate and personal income tax for our PromiseKids, but we are not there yet! We knew it wouldn’t be easy to get through the Polish bureaucratic maze, and we were right. We are now approaching the first year anniversary of when we began this tedious legal process with the Polish Government.

The Public Benefit Act is based on the premise that instead of paying the Revenue Officer, you can support a public benefit cause like feeding our PromiseKids.

The good news is that after a year of legal work, our foundation is now certified as a Public Benefit Organization (OPP) under Polish Tax Law. The Public Benefit and Volunteer Work Act permits our member companies, their employees and other tax payers, to donate 1% of the income tax to our Foundation. This money will be used to support our work in feeding, educating and empowering poor children in Poland.

The not so good news is that we still haven’t finished the certification process with the tax office. Although we have filed the necessary legal papers to be listed on the 1% list, we must wait until we receive official notification from the tax office before we can start collecting the 1% tax.

As days at the tax office turn into weeks and months, the reality of being eligible to collect for the 2011 tax year is becoming less likely. On the bright side, there is always the tax year 2012!

We will keep you posted on our progress…

DINNER DANCE PHOTOS

Our crack team of Dinner Dance photographers did an exceptional job memorializing our special event for all to see. They took over 4,000 photos and have been heavily burdened getting them out for your enjoyment and consumption.

We have included half of the photos on this week’s link, and the balance of the photos will be posted on next week’s link. We hope you enjoy!

Dinner Dance Photos (zip file, 111MB)

A SPECIAL HONOR FROM “INTEGRACJA”

Two weeks ago, I was proud to be honored by the Polish Educational Association “Integracja” for my work in educating and shaping the lives of young disadvantaged children in Poland. The award (shown below), was presented at the International Christian Fellowship Hall in Warsaw by Jacek Weigl, the Chairman of the Association Integracja.

It has been my pleasure to advise Integracja as the organization has expanded throughout Poland. The Association's mission has always been close to my heart. It is dedicated to helping influence the future of Poland through improving the education and moral principles of Poland’s young people. I have always supported and encouraged Jacek Weigl in this vision.

In reality, I accepted this honor on behalf of the 90 corporate members of our Foundation who have supported our Foundation’s efforts to improve the lives of thousands of needy children in Poland.

THE NUMBER OF POOR PEOPLE IN POLAND HAS FALLEN

The number of poor peole in Poland has fallen by eight million since the country joined the European Union, new figures reveal. Statics from EuroStat, the EU’s number-crunching unit, show that there are now five million Poles living in poverty in comparison to the 13 million when Poland joined the union back in 2004. Among the factors determining what makes somebody poor is not enough money to pay the rent and electricity bills, and not possessing a washing machine or color television. To classify as poor, a person has to meet four of the nine criteria.

In total, that means about 14 percent of the country is mired in poverty. But Poland looks good when compared to the 21.6 percent of Hungarians living in poverty and 31% of Romanians.

Despite the clear fact that many millions of Poles still live in poverty, the news that their numbers are decreasing will be welcomed, especially given the difficult economic circumstances experienced in Europe over the past three years.

POLES UNABLE TO AFFORD CHILDREN?

In 2011, 391,000 children were born in Poland. That’s 22,000 less than a year earlier, according to data from the Central Statistical Office. Polish women are having their first child on average at a later age, 29. According to experts, the low fertility rate (1.4 children per family) is a result of an unfavorable labor market. According to research by the Adam Smith Institute, bringing up a child costs zl. 190,000 ($61,000). Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Jan. 26, p.1, KA

DOLLAR A DAY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP FEED OUR HUNGRY POLISH CHILDREN

We are frequently approached by individuals who would like to help support our Foundation’s Hot-Meal Program. Our Dollar A Day program may be just what you have been looking for.

We pay just about $1.00 to feed one hungry Polish child a hot-meal per school day, $20.00 per month, $200.00 per year. Click PayPal below to contribute.

DATES TO REMEMBER

June 18th – Completion of the 2011-2012 Interactive English Program “Dreams Come True”

June 29th – The End of the School Year

July 5th – InterContinental Hotel Scholars Program in Warsaw

Foundation CEO Breakfast and Annual Meeting will be hosted by the InterContinental Hotel during the 3rd or 4th week of September. Date to be announced.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it."

-- Julia Child

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