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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 16, 2013 Vol. 10, No.26

"It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about."
-- Dale Carnegie

DUTCH CHARITY RIJSTTAFEL A MAJOR SUCCESS

We are so sorry for those of you who missed Saturday Night’s Charity Rijsttafel sponsored by the Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce. The black-tie extravaganza held at the beautiful Warsaw Hilton Hotel was one of the social highlights of the Warsaw Social Calendar, and it lived up to all expectations. In additions to the incredible Indonesian food, music and dancing, The Netherland-Polish Chamber of Commerce raised 31,940 PLN for our Foundation’s English training program.

We were delighted that our Foundation was well represented by our Foundation’s best, Natalie Marciniak who accepted the funds from our Dutch hosts. We thought you would like to see some of the photos from this stupendous event. Thank you Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce. We love you for all you do to help our PromiseKids. A special thanks to Eric Van Vliet's girls who helped collect the funds for us!

AmRest HONORS ONE OF OUR FORMER PROMISEKIDS, MARCIN RAULIN

As most of our members know, AmRest, through its KFC Brand is the largest corporate sponsor of our Foundation’s Hot Meal Program. They have contributed millions to this program because they are major proponents of Corporate Social Responsibility. AmRest is an international fast-food and casual dining restaurant operator. The company is primarily based in Wrocław and operates in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Spain, France, Germany and the United States. AmRest runs close to 700 restaurants. The company had its initial public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2005.

AmRest conducts a yearly Leadership University for over 800 of its top regional executives. This year’s event will be held in Turkey in November. The AmRest managers from all around the world will gather to discuss their brand strategy for the upcoming year. On the Amrest list of priorities for 2013 is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and that’s why Amrest decided to invite our former PromiseKid Marcin Raulin to participate in their LUA conference. Marcin will discuss what our Foundation has done for him in his life, and how much he appreciates all AmRest has given to promote the Foundation’s Hot-Meal Program.

There is no doubt why Amrest has been so successful in this region of the world and beyond. Success is all about leadership, and Leadership is all about passion and discipline, key elements of the AmRest Mission Statement. It is so rewarding to know that each Leadership University executive is committed to the financial bottom line, while at the same time being committed to the quality of life of the children they help us feed in our Foundation’s Hot-Meal program. We are so proud that AmRest supports our Hot-Meal Program.

Marcin comes from Brzeżno and has one little sister. His mother is unemployed and his father is an ambulance driver. He is a cheerful but modest boy. He’s open to new experiences and friendships. Marcin just wrote his Matura exam and is going to Szczecin University. He is skilled in sports, computers and English. He likes playing volleyball, basketball and football. Marcin Raulin took part in our Reagan Legacy tours and spent two weeks in the United States. (See photo of Marcin with President Reagan’s son Michael in LA) We are very proud of Marcin and we thank AmRest for providing this most wonderful experience for him.

RESULTS OF 1% CAMPAIGN

We are pleased to announce that we received 16,246.50 PLN from the 1% tax reduction campaign conducted during the past tax year. Polish taxpayers were encouraged to contribute 1% of the tax they owed to the Polish Government, to a charity or foundation of their choice. All contributions were voluntary.

We want to express our appreciation to the members and friends of our Foundation for remembering us during this campaign. For those of you who missed participating, another tax year is upon us and you will have another chance next year.

FOOD PRICES DOWN IN AUGUST

Prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages likely fell 0.8-1 percent month-on-month in August 2013, said Krystyna Świetlik of the Agricultural and Food Economics Institute (IERiGZ). "I believe that the drop in food prices in August was bigger than in July.

Prices of foodstuffs always go down in these two months but this year's fall was more noticeable than in the previous years," Świetlik said on Thursday. According to Świetlik, prices of food will go up m/m in September, and they will be growing faster in the Q4, but the growth will be smaller than in Q4, 2012. The Central Statistical Office (GUS) will present August's inflation data on Friday.

POLES SPENT ON AVERAGE zł.2,860 IN SHOPPING CENTERS IN 2012

In 2012, shopping centers (defined as complexes of at least 10 stores operating on a combined space of 5,000 square meters) recorded gross sales of zł.110.7 billion. That puts Poland on the sixth position in Europe, after France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy. This also means that an average Pole spent zł.2,860 (approximately 950 USD) in shopping centers in 2012. According to the Polish Council of Shopping Centers (PRCH) there are over 400 shopping centers in Poland. Their yearly revenue amounts to 7 percent of the GDP and accounts for 16% of the national retail sales.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR PROMISEKIDS

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

September 2-20th – Dinner Dance Auditions in the PromiseLand

February 3, 2014 - Foundation’s Annual Dinner Dance Sponsored by the Warsaw Hotel and Convention Center. Things get underway at 18:30.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose."

-- Robert Byrne

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