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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 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.

September 24, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 28

"Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway."
-- Mary Kay Ash

ANNUAL CEO MEETING AND BREAKFAST ON FRIDAY MORNING!!!

The InterContinental Hotel Warsaw will once again host our Foundation’s Annual CEO meeting and Breakfast on Friday at 0830. We expect a super turn-out and trust that all of you will be in attendance. We have heard from a few of you who won’t be able to attend, but the vast majority will be in their places with bright shiny faces on Friday morning.

Our Annual meeting gives us the opportunity to bring our member CEOs up-to-date on the activities we have planned for the up-coming school year. We are prepared to discuss our various programs as well as our budgetary and fundraising plans for the 2012-2013 school year.

In addition, we will be pleased to present two member companies to our membership roles, and award them our Foundation’s Gold Seal of Approval. There will be plenty of opportunity to introduce yourselves to our gathered guests, and to forge new business relationships and friendships with those in attendance.

We will have our full FCSR team, Natalie, Meg and Basia and Danuta, on hand to brief you on our plans, and to respond to specific questions concerning events in the PromiseLand.

The InterContinental Hotel has prepared a very special menu for you, so don’t miss the breakfast of the season.

I will send each of you a reminder this week and trust we will have a memorable turnout on Friday.

I will be waiting at the door to happily great you at 0830 on Friday morning.

DUTCH RIJSTTAFEL BALL 2012 TO BENEFIT OUR PROMISEKIDS – SATURDAY EVENING SEPTEMBER 29TH AT THE HILTON 18:00 – 23:00

I can’t think of a better way to finish off this week than to attend the Dutch Rijsttafel Ball on Saturday evening at the Warsaw Hotel and Convention Center. For those of you who have had this special experience in the past, you know just what I’m talking about. The Netherlands – Polish Chamber of Commerce has once again designated our Foundation as the recipient of the funds raised during the incredible raffle conducted by our Dutch friends.

All of our members are invited to participate along with 300+ members of the Dutch business community in a delightful evening of dinner and dancing, followed by the highly anticipated Rijsttafel and raffle.

Just in case you didn’t know, Rijsttafel is a Dutch word that literally translates to "rice table." It is an elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch from an Indonesian feast, and consists of many side dishes served in small portions.

Last year’s raffle (see photo below) raised 20,000 PLN which provided 6,600 Hot-Meals for our PromiseKids. The chamber expects to exceed that amount this year. I will be there and plan to purchase the first raffle tickets when they roll off the printing press. I know many of our members will be interested in attending and we still have tickets available for Saturday evening. Please make arrangements to attend and support the Netherlands – Polish Chamber of Commerce and our Foundation’s PromiseKids by contacting ElroVan den Burg at e.vandenburg@nlchamber.com.pl. If you forget, Elro will be attending our Annual Meeting and Breakfast on Friday morning, so you can sign up with him at that time.

A big thanks Elro and all of the members of the Chamber for remembering our PromiseKids again this year.

WHAT A WONDERFUL SURPRISE FOR OUR PROMISEKIDS FROM PRIMO POLSKA

Our PromiseLand staff had a moment that took their breath away last Friday. A surprise package arrived in the PromiseLand bearing gifts of school supplies and materials for our PromiseKids. With school just getting underway, the timing couldn’t have been better for our kids.

Boxes of pencils, pens, markers, etc. were gifts from our super member company Primo Polska. Primo Polska is one of the market leaders and pioneers in writing instruments and stationery worldwide, and is globally renowned for the diversity of its stationery supplies and high quality products from high-valued writing instruments to hobby paints. Its products are used by children, students, parents, teachers, office workers and pen collectors worldwide.

I just don’t know how to thank our dear Advisory Council Member and Primo Polska CEO Marta Was. She is always there to help our kids. She never asks for credit for her gifs, but her surprises keep coming our way. Be sure to let Martha Was know that we love and appreciate her for her warm generous heart.

MORE SUPPORT FOR OUR DREAMS COME TRUE ENGLISH PROGRAM FROM MY AMERICAN FRIENDS.

I was delighted to receive word from two of my dear friends in the United States that they will help fund English training licenses for some of our PromiseKids this school year. True, these folks have nothing to do do with our Foundation other than read our newsletters. They decided that the Dreams Come True English Program will give a special boost to the future of our kids and dropped me a note to express their support.

A special thanks to my college classmate and friend at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, Ron Coleman and his wife Ann, who sent their contribution via PayPal. I also want to thank Craig Boothe, an American businessman now working in Saudi Arabia who also used the PayPal option of sending money to our Foundation from outside of Poland. By the way, word has it that Craig Boothe may join us at our CEO Annual Meeting and Breakfast on Friday morning. I’ll be happy to introduce you all to Craig.

The cost of the Dreams Come True program is 140 PLN ($43 USD) per child (license) for the entire school year. Our goal is to have 250 PromiseKids in the program, for a total of 35,000 PLN ($10,606 USD). Such a small amount for such an incredible program.

If you would like to help, please use the PayPal option found below:

NO SEGREGATION IN OUR SCHOOLS – WE FEED THE HIGHEST QUALITY MEALS TO ALL OUR CHILDREN IN 13 POLISH SCHOOLS

The division of schoolchildren in the town of Police into rich and poor at mealtimes was abandoned this week following media reports highlighting the practice in which children were forced into separate queues and given different crockery depending on whether they paid for their meals or got free lunches. The mayor wrote a long letter explaining the situation was the fault of regulations, but also acted to stop the segregation and apologized both the pupils involved and their parents.

The segregation led to the situation in which children from better off families ate one meal from china crockery, the poor kids lined up separately and were served cheaper food on plastic plates with plastic spoons.

Following reports in the media early this week, the mayor of Polich reacted quickly, issuing a letter on Wednesday declaring, “The problem of the unintentional segregation has been noted and I’ve set up a group to look into resolving the situation.”

This is a disgrace!

Although the vast majority of our PromiseKids are poor, we make sure that all children in our 13 PromiseLand Schools get the best meals available no matter what their economic situation may be. No segregation at our Foundation.

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NETWORKED COMMUNITIES AND NONPROFITS ARE IMPORTANT WEAPONS IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY

New Research Shows Civic Health is Directly Linked to Lower Local Unemployment

WASHINGTON, Sep. 12 /CSRwire/ - A study released today by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) shows that a strong civic foundation is directly linked to strengthening employment at the metropolitan, county, and state levels. Communities with better civic health have weathered the recent recession far better – and experienced considerably smaller increases in unemployment – than other communities that faced similar economic circumstances.

The NCoC report, “Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds,” was produced in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with research led by CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) at Tufts University, Civic Enterprises, and The Saguaro Seminar at Harvard University. It identifies two aspects of civic health that matter most in preventing unemployment: the presence of a significant nonprofit sector, defined as the number of nonprofits per capita in each community; and social cohesion, the level at which citizens trust, talk to and help neighbors, and socialize with family and friends.

The reports concludes that each of these factors is valuable in preventing unemployment increases and, taken together, strengthen the economic immune system of a community, helping it to avoid severe increases in unemployment. For example, the ten states that scored the best on both measures had unemployment rates of 6.5 percent in 2010, compared to 10.8 percent unemployment in the lowest-scoring states.

“This research demonstrates that social capital is an important weapon in fighting economic downturns,” said Michael Weiser, NCoC Chairman. “It should serve as a wake-up call to public officials, business executives and other community leaders bent on improving the economic circumstances of their communities and the nation, writ large.”

The evidence suggests that when civic health is higher, people have more affection and optimism for their own communities and put more trust in their neighbors. When investors, employers, and citizens feel greater commitment to the places they live, they may be more likely to make economic decisions that generate or protect local jobs. Furthermore, being engaged with fellow citizens and participating with nonprofits can build local allegiance that may make individuals more likely to spend, invest, collaborate, and address problems in their own communities. These small choices can have ripple effects for a community’s ability to remain strong during a crisis.

“A secret weapon in America's economic recovery can be found in the connections between and among citizens, and a strong nonprofit sector," said NCoC Executive Director David B. Smith. “In cities and towns across the country, strong civic health is the bricks and mortar of a strong economic foundation.”

The research builds on a report published by NCoC in 2011 and Knight Foundation’s Soul of the Community study, which explored how people’s love for their community relates to economic vitality. The previous NCoC study found that states and major metropolitan areas that had higher levels of civic engagement in 2006 experienced smaller increases in unemployment in the period between 2006 and 2010. The findings were reinforced this year, employing statistical modeling to investigate the relationship between civic health and unemployment in the 50 states, 942 metro areas, and more than 3,100 counties since 2006. It controls for numerous economic variables including housing inflation, presence of oil and gas industries, level of education, and race and ethnicity.

DATES TO REMEMBER

September 28, 2012 - Foundation CEO Breakfast and Annual Meeting will be hosted again by the InterContinental Hotel. Invitations have been sent to our Foundation CEOs. If you received an invitation, we have a seat reserved for you for this very popular event.

September 29, 2012 – Netherlands - Polish Chamber of Commerce Rijsttafel Ball to benefit our PromiseKids. Hilton Hotel, 18:00 – 23:00. The Chamber raised 20,000 PLN for our Hot-Meal Program last year, and expects to surpass that number this year. Please make arrangements to attend and support the Netherlands – Polish Chamber of Commerce and our Foundation’s PromiseKids by contacting Elro van den burg at e.vandenburg@nlchamber.com.pl.

October 1 – December 31, 2012, Hilton Hotel Warsaw to begin “Small Change – Big Difference” Campaign to benefit our Hot-Meal Program for the 2nd year in a row.

October 2, 2012 – Foundation’s Advisory Council Meeting, InterContinental Hotel. The 15 members of our Foundation’s Advisory Council have been invited to attend this important meeting. Much to discuss!

January 21, 2013 – Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance. We are already making plans for the biggest night of the year for our Foundation. We know you won’t want to miss this special time. We thank Hilton GM Remco Norden and his key staff for once again hosting this very special event for us. 2013 is the 10th Anniversary of our Foundation and we will make this Dinner Dance bigger and better than ever. As in previous years, we have reserved tables for our Foundation members.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream."

-- Debby Boone

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