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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.

March 19, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 10

"May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you're going, and the insight to know when you're going too far."
- Irish Blessing

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Should companies help address societal issues? Given the tension between consumer expectations and investor pressure, whose voice should corporate CEOs listen to? Ultimately, it is what CEOs think about CSR and ethics that transcends change through organizations. CSRwire, 03/16/12

DREAMS COME TRUE – FOUNDATION’S INTERACTIVE ENGLISH TRAINING PROGRAM

Where has the time gone? We are already approaching the end of the school year, and are making plans to reward some of the best students in our “Dreams Come True” interactive English program. Maybe some of you would like to help by providing prizes to our very best students.

Just to remind our readers, we have 250 PromiseKids taking part in our English training program this year. The program provides interactive training for elementary and middle school kids in our 13 PromiseLand schools. Since the program is not a part of the Polish public school curriculum, our PromiseKids must fit the English program into their before and after school hours. The kids love the program and we are very proud of their accomplishments.

One of last year’s winners – Anna Pugacz from the Bierzwnica School, recently visited our Swidwin office to tell Meg and Basia about her most recent accomplishments. She now attends High School in Swidwin and continues to study English as an elective. As a matter of fact, English has become her hobby, and she is very grateful to our Foundation for giving her this incredible start.

(See photo above of Anna and her Mom at last year’s graduation)

Here is how you can help… We would like to give each of the 250 PromiseKid in the program a Polish/English Dictionary at graduation on June 18th. Please let us know if you would like to help fund these awards at zl. 50($17.00) per dictionary. See PayPal below for U.S. dollars. If you would like to help more, we will also be giving special awards to the following students:

1st place for beginner level elementary school

1st place for pre-Intermediate level elementary school

1st place for beginner level gymnasium

1st place for pre-Intermediate level for gymnasium

Please contact Natalie (605 99 1716) if you would like to make a contribution for these super kids. You may want to use the PayPal link below.

THE PRICE OF FUEL TAKES IT TOLL ON OUR HOT-MEAL PROGRAM

I just transferred an extra zl. 5,000 to our PromiseLand Kitchen. No, it had nothing to do with an increase in food prices; it had to do with the increase in the cost of fuel at the pump. We deliver our hot-meals to our 13 PromiseLand schools each school day, and the cost of fuel is taking a toll on our monthly budget.

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported yesterday that drivers using high-octane fuel are now forced to pay more than zl. 6 per liter at the pump, with a liter of gas sold wholesale for at zl. 5.69. Oil companies reacted to the dollar appreciating by pushing up their prices to $125 per barrel of crude. This week, the American dollar strengthened against the zloty by more than 3%. Experts expect ordinary gasoline to surpass the zl. 6 threshold as well. This is approximately $7.56 per U.S. gallon or twice as much as people pay in the USA.

If this price increase continues, we can expect to pay zl. 50,000 more this year to deliver our hot-meals to our PromiseKids.

MAKRO EASTER CAMPAIGN BEGINS TOMORROW

Take out you Makro Membership Card and visit your closest Makro Cash & Carry store tomorrow. The first ever Makro Easter collection for our PromiseKids begins tomorrow and runs until April 2nd.

We thank our great member company Makro Cash & Carry to caring so much for our PromiseKids.

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

March 20-April 2, 2012 – Makro Cash & Carry Easter Collection for the PromiseKids

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

June 29, 2012 – The end of the school year

August 10-12, 2012 – InterContinental Hotel Scholars Program in Warsaw

September 28, 2012 - Foundation CEO Breakfast and Annual Meeting will be hosted by the InterContinental Hotel

February, 2013 – Ninth Annual Dinner Dance

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place."

-- Eckhart Tolle

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