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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 7 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 15, 2014, Vol. 11, No.28

"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

GOVERNMENT TO HELP PROVIDE FUNDS FOR HOT-MEAL PROGRAM

The goal of our FCSR Hot-Meal Program has been to provide nourishing meals for poor children in our Promiseland. Natalie, Meg and Basia have been meeting the past couple of weeks with the local Gmina and found that the Gmina received extra money this year from the government to feed more children during the 2014/2015 school year. This is good news, and news we have been waiting for during the past 11 years.

Additionally, there will be fewer children in the PromiseLand because of the large numbers of children traveling abroad with their parents and various demographic changes taking place in the region. Some of you will recall that we began our foundation feeding the kids from 15 elementary schools. This number was reduced a couple of years ago, and will be further reduced during the 2014/15 school year to 8 schools. We will no longer feed the children in Mielenko and Netno schools.

Starting on October 1, 2014 we will begin feeding 7,000 meals per month to our PromiseKids in 8 PromiseLand Schools. We will appreciate your help in supporting our Hot-Meal Program this school year.

THANKS BRIAN BURROUGH FOR THE FURNITURE

Long-time friend and FCSR member Brian Burrough surprised us this past week by donating his office cabinets to one of our PromiseFamilies, the Iwanska Family. Brian closed his Warsaw office and wanted to do something special for our FCSR. We also thank FCSR member Move One Relocation for delivering the cabinets to the PromiseLand.

QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE SETTING UP A CHARITY AUCTION

It's hard to find a charity that doesn't have some kind of auction as a fundraiser.

The modern charity auction can take more than one form. Online auctions are gaining ground and can be one-time or ongoing events. Silent auctions at an event such as an annual gala are still very popular, and many charities do love a live auction with an auctioneer.

But no matter the format, auctions are not a slam dunk. The event itself might cost more than what is brought in. On the other hand, they can be a good way to engage donors more personally, and auctions can be a good way to activate your volunteers.

Here are just some of the questions you should ask before organizing your first or next fundraising auction:

Are you properly licensed?

Your state, or local authority probably have some sort of charitable solicitation registration requirement. If you are a properly registered nonprofit and setting up the auction yourself, you are probably good to go. But if you use a professional fundraising consultant or company to do the auction, they may have to register with the state or local authority.

You will likely need to also acknowledge your nonprofit status on all of your materials and acknowledgments to donors. In the USA, the IRS maintains a list of links to the proper authorities in each state. Be safe rather than sorry and check out all the requirements in your area.

Do you have an auction acceptance policy?

You'll most likely be soliciting items from individuals or companies that you can auction at the event. Many items will walk in the door from people who know you are collecting for an auction. But you'll need to know how to reject items that are not appropriate. Having a written policy that you can show to donors will make that rejection easier. Typical policies reject live animals, vehicles, and items that are costly to store or ship and handle.

Are you properly insured and managing your risk?

For instance, your facility and equipment must be accessible for all ages and abilities. Think ahead about possible hazards such as spills and slippery floors. Check with your insurance agent to make sure that you have the appropriate liability insurance in place. Do you need a rider if you provide alcoholic beverages?

Do you have the proper documents to give to donors?

There are acknowledgements and disclosures for all aspects of your auction. For instance, how much can someone deduct for tax purposes when they purchase tickets to your event? What about noncash donations such as an item to be auctioned? What disclosures should be on your bid forms? The rules are complex so get your accountant involved. Here's a link: Nonprofit Auctions: a Complete Compliance Guide and Sample Forms

7 NONPROFITS TO TEST USING TWITTER BUTTON FOR FUNDRAISING

Seven nonprofits are among the partners in a test of the e-commerce waters by Twitter that allows users to make purchases or donate money directly on the social-media platform.

Twitter said on its blog Monday that it would begin experimenting with a "buy" button, a tool that facilitates financial transactions directly from tweets. The company describes it as an early step in what will become "convenient and easy" mobile, Twitter-based shopping.

The nonprofits on the list of test partners are 9/11 Day of Service, the Nature Conservancy, Global Citizen, Glide, Glaad, DonorsChoose.org, and Product Red. A small percentage of U.S. Twitter users will see products and solicitations in their Twitter feeds from the 28 artists, companies, and nonprofits in the coming weeks, Twitter said on its blog.

The nonprofits contacted referred questions to Twitter. Katie Bisbee, chief marketing officer at DonorsChoose.org, an education-focused crowdfunding platform, did say in an email that the organization would be selling back-to-school T-shirts on Twitter to help support more classrooms.

The participating nonprofits were selected based on existing relationships with the social-media company and because they had long used Twitter and had built up a strong following, a source familiar with the program said.

Beth Kanter, a consultant and social-media expert, says that Twitter recently expanded its corporate social-responsibility staff. Including nonprofits among the test partners is a smart move that could be part of a companywide strategy to support good causes, she says.

"Twitter has always been a platform for nonprofits to spread the word about their causes and fundraisers, and if the ‘buy’ button works for products, why wouldn’t it work for online contributions?" Ms. Kanter says.

To be sure, adding a button on a tweet does not guarantee a fundraising bump, she says. It is hard to track what exactly triggers a donation, Ms. Kanter points out.

"I suspect the nonprofits will be looking carefully at how they integrate the ‘donate’ button into their tweets and track conversation and explore what impact the overall strategy has had," Ms. Kanter says

CIGARETTE MARKET DROPS IN VALUE

The Polish cigarette market is shrinking, noting 3 billion fewer cigarettes sold in January-August 2014 than in the same period of 2013, reported Dziennik Gazeta Prawna on Thursday.

Simultaneously, the gray economy is becoming increasingly popular. The negative trend is the result of several factors. Firstly, the gray economy offers cheaper cigarettes which encourages smokers to give up on legal cigarettes. The illegal market generated losses of PLN 508.7 million as of 2013.Secondly, an increasing number of people are quitting smoking.
In addition, companies have also organized special anti-nicotine therapies for their employees. The smoking ban in public places, causing a general aversion towards cigarettes, is another factor that influenced the decline in cigarette sales. Lastly the excise tax on cigarettes has made a difference.The excise tax, imposed by Poland on cigarettes, constitutes the majority of their price. A package of cigarettes for PLN 11.85 includes PLN 10.08 of the excise tax, says Małgorzata Czajkowska-Malinowska MD from the Polish Association of Lung Diseases (Polskie Towarzystwo Chor.b Płuc).

POLISH INDUSTRY COMPETITIVITY IMPROVED BUT LACKING

A report of the European Commission rates Polish industry to be low in terms of competitiveness, but slightly more competitive than in previous years, reports IAR news agency on Thursday. The most competitive countries, according to the EC, are Germany, Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands. On the other side are Slovenia, Bulgaria and Poland, as well as 10 other countries. Nelli Feroci, EU Commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship enumerated Poland’s three main problems: low research and development investing, lack of crucial new technologies in energy infrastructure and, high bureaucracy. However, Poland also has several positive industry factors, including a developed domestic market with a high level of demand.

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

July - August, 2014 - Sports camp for promiskieds sponsored by Ghelamco.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space."

-- Johnny Cash

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