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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.

December 9, 2013 Vol. 10, No.38

"Self-confidence is the surest way of obtaining what you want. If you know in your own heart you are going to be something, you will be it. Do not permit your mind to think otherwise."
-- General George S. Patton

LET’S TALK DINNER DANCE

Time is moving on and our Foundation’s 11th Annual Dinner Dance is only 13 weeks away. With Christmas and New Years almost upon us, February 3rd will be here before we know it. It’s time to make your arrangements to attend this gala event and show your support of our Foundation’s programs that make life better for 2000 needy kids.

I can’t think of a better way to entertain your customers, board, executive staff, employees and friends, than by hosting a company table at our Dinner Dance. Research has shown over and over again that employees of socially responsible companies are more loyal, trustworthy and likely to keep their jobs. Show them all what you’re made of and invite your staff to participate in this hugely successful event that helps further Corporate Social Responsibility in Poland. See details below in our new Dinner Dance Poster.

THE PROMISEKIDS CAN’T WAIT TO PERFORM

Our Foundation’s General Manager, Natalie Marciniak traveled to the Promiseland this past week to attend the first Dress Rehearsal of “Hollywood’s Favorite Music.” The kids have been working hard the past two months just to please you on February 3rd. Most of the costumes were ready and overall, the kids did an outstanding job.

The task of getting all 40 performers together at the same time and in the same place is a real challenge for Meg and Basia. The kids are scattered among 10 different schools and travel during the winter months is tenuous at best. But, the girls did it, and we would like to share some of the rehearsal photos with you below:

10.1 MILLION POLES AT RISK OF POVERTY

There were 10.1 million Poles at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2012, according to a report published by the EU's statistics office Eurostat. This number represents 26.7 percent of Poland's population. The situation has been improving over the past few years. In 2011, the number of Poles at risk of poverty or social exclusion stood at 27.2 percent of the total population.

In 2008 the figure was 30.5 percent. In this survey, Eurostat takes into account three groups of people, at-risk-of-poverty, severely materially deprived, and living in households with very low employment levels. In the EU, Bulgaria has the highest percentage of population falling into those categories (49 percent), followed by Romania (42 percent) and Latvia (37 percent). The lowest rates were recorded in the Netherlands (15 percent), the Czech Republic (15 percent) and Finland (17 percent).

POLAND HIGH IN PISA EDUCATION RANKING

Polish 15-year-olds are among the most skilled in Europe, according to the results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey carried out by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.

Out of all European countries, only Liechtenstein (535 points), Switzerland (531), Netherlands (523), Estonia (521) and Finland (519) scored higher than Poland (518) in the most recent edition of the survey. Out of all surveyed economies, Shangai-China scored the highest with 613 points. The PISA 2012 survey assessed the mathematical, reading and science skills of over 510,000 students in 65 countries and economies, the OECD said.

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

December 6, 2013 – Santa Claus Trip by KFC, POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW

December 9-22nd – Makro Cash & Carry Christmas Campaign.

February 3, 2014 - Foundation’s Annual Dinner Dance Sponsored by the Warsaw Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. Things get underway at 18:30. Make your table reservations now!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

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