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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.

October 15, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 31

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
-- Winston Churchill

RANDSTAD HELPS MAKE “DREAMS COME TRUE” FOR 120 PROMISEKIDS

We are pleased to announce that we have added 120 new students to our “Dreams Come True” Interactive English Training Program this school year. This brings the total number of students enrolled so far to 172. This happened because of the generosity of Foundation Member Randstad which donated 120 new licenses just this week. This was an incredible gift to our PromiseKids and to our “Dreams Come True” Program. This is the third year in a row that Randstad sponsored a majority of our student licenses. We thank you Randstad General Manager Kajetan Slonina and the great folks at Randstad for this commitment to our program. The following member companies and individuals have been gracious enough to purchase on-line English licenses for our very motivated PromiseKids:

Name: No. of licenses Cost
1. Randstad Polska 120 16.800
2. Craig Boothe 14 2000
3. Jeroen van der Toolen 14 2000
4. Chris Barrow 10 1400
5. John Treuge 10 1400
6. Adam Kozłowski 2 280
7. Ann Coolman 2 280
Total amount contributed: 172 24,160
Total number remaining to reach our goal 78 10,920

We are delighted to know that the popularity of the English training program is increasing each year. The kids know that English could very well be the difference between getting a job and not getting a job when they leave school.

We are almost to our goal with 78 licenses still remaining to be sponsored. The first lessons begin in just two weeks and we hope to hear from more of you about sponsoring some of the remaining 78 licenses. 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 cost of 35,080 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 at the bottom of this newsletter.

We thank our own “Dreams Come True” Director, Meg Ciucka and the group of teachers and support staff she has assembled to help her this school year. We look forward to achieving our 250 license goal this week.

THE WARSAW VOICE TO BEGIN ADVERTISEMENT FOR OUR FOUNDATION’S 1% TAX PROGRAM

There was a lot of action this past week as Poland’s first English-language newspaper, The Warsaw Voice, worked with us to get a full page English version advertisement ready for publication in next week’s paper. Please see below the English version of our 1% income tax advertisement that we will start running in just a few days.

Tax time is approaching quickly, and companies and individuals who owe money to the tax man are making preparations for payment. The Polish Public Benefit Act permits companies and individuals to designate 1% of the tax they owe to the government to a public benefit foundation. For the first time, the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility is qualified to receive this 1% and we would like you to consider making your 1% designation to us.

As a Foundation Member, the Warsaw Voice provides the Foundation with pro bono advertising, editorials, special features and stories. Providing reliable, objective and up-to-date information on Poland to English-speaking foreigners both in Poland and abroad is the mission of the Warsaw Voice.

The Warsaw Voice covers a very wide range of subjects, providing significant information, analyses and opinions concerning Poland and Central Europe. The General sections of the paper include news, business, entertainment news, features and culture. On average the Warsaw Voice has a circulation of 10,500 copies.

We thank Juliusz Klosowski, General Director of the Warsaw Voice, for his continued support of the Foundation, and for serving on the Foundation’s Advisory Council.

VERY CLEVER KFC STAFF MEMBERS

Please see the photo above of KFC employees at the Gruba Kaska KFC Restaurant in Poland enticing customers to donate 1 Polish zloty to our Foundation’s Hot Meal Program with a nice shiny Polish apple. Yes, just when donations were slowing down a bit, these super KFC folks decided to offer an apple with every zloty contributed to the KFC World Hunger Relief effort taking place at all KFC restaurants worldwide.

The campaign is well underway, and we really appreciate the individual initiatives demonstrated by so many KFC employees. The campaign continues throughout the month of October, and we encourage our readers to frequent their local KFC Restaurant as often as possible. The collection will take place at all 215 KFC restaurants licensed by AmRest in Poland and in the Czech Republic. The proceeds will go to our Foundation’s Hot Meal Program in 10 Polish Public Schools in Northwest Poland.

PROMISEKIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL AND ENJOYING SPEICAL GIFTS FROM FOUNDATION MEMBER PRIMO POLSKA

77 MILLION EUROS IN POVERTY AID FOR POLAND

The European Commission announced on Thursday that Poland will get 76.9 million Euros from a 500-million Euro poverty aid tranche for 2013. The money will come from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds. The project was backed by most EU members. Sweden, Britain and Denmark withheld their votes. Poland is the third-biggest of the EUs poverty aid beneficiaries behind Italy, which receives over 98 million, and Spain 85.6 million Euros.

RECOVERY IN EURO ZONE NOT EXPECTED UNTIL 2014

According to a study by Reuters Agency, economic recovery in the euro zone is not expected to take effect until 2014.

POLES BUY MORE ECOLOGICAL FOOD

The market of eco-products does not know what the economic slow down tastes like. The sales in the market in Poland may grow this year by 15-20 percent.

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

Our Dollar a Day program may be just what you have been looking for and the PayPal method of delivering your money makes it so easy. 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

October 1 – October 31, 2012 - AmRest month long (October) campaign to raise money in their 215 KFC stores for hunger relief.

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

January 21, 2013 - Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance. We are already making plans for the biggest night of the year for our Foundation. 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

"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."

-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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