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Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies;
The role that voluntary organisations played in the breakthroughs of 1989 occasionally overshadows the larger historical significance of the non-profit sector in Poland. In fact, civic efforts have a long-standing history in Polish society. Efforts to alleviate poverty, bolster the national spirit, and preserve Polish culture became important social, cultural and political forces after Poland lost its independence in the 18th century.
Homo Homini Research Institute;
The study shows the philanthropic attitudes and patterns of the wealthiest Poles in order to understand the motivation for and the scale and type of philanthropic engagement.
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS);
The ability of citizens and businesses to move freely throughout the EU lies at the heart of European integration and the Single Market. Driven by the availability of jobs and resources, migration is generally demonstrated to result in an increase in aggregate output and income. Therefore, international migration has enormous implications for the growth and welfare of both originating and destination countries.International money remittances play an important role in this development, shown to generally reduce poverty, increase small business investment and thus contribute to GDP growth. Together with international migration, the volume of remittances has indeed increased significantly over the past ten years in the EU, reaching €31.2 billion in 2010. This document includes findings from a recent study of remittances in Poland -- which demonstrates their significant impact on the Polish economy over the past 20 years through increased GDP growth and welfare.
Polish Donors Forum;
This handbook is a set of guidelines to help in effective management of foundations established by companies. It constitutes the fruit of three years of joint work of 45 corporate foundations carried out with the support of the Polish Donors Forum. The standards are a tool of self-regulation.The solutions developped in 12 different areas, based on good practices from Poland and abroad, and their efficiency has already been verified in practice by project participants, are recommended for all corporate foundations.It includes various sources of information. The report is also available in Polish (http://www.forumdarczyncow.pl/text.php?menu_id=625).
Polish Donors Forum;
This document presents data collected about the corporate foundation sector in Poland in the framework of a survey conducted in June- September 2012.
The Pew Charitable Trusts;
This report assesses the environmental and social impacts of the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG), running from 2000 to 2006, using a range of quantitative and qualitative information. EU allocations for FIFG totalled €3.2 billion, of which Spain received nearly half. Member State contributions brought the total allocation of FIFG funding to €4.9 billion.A key objective of structural policy in the fisheries sector was to bring the fishing capacity of the European fleet into line with available biological resources. We identify that FIFG funding has not achieved the intended net fishing capacity reduction and, in some fleet segments, has led to fleet capacity increases. This has contributed to the worsening status of some stocks and has hindered the recovery of other stocks, as well as having had associated negative impacts on marine environment.
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights;
From 2009 to 2010, a team led by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (a grantee of the Global Drug Policy Program), examined the observation of patients' rights in 18 residential drug treatment centers in Poland. While the study found that fundamental human rights were respected, it drew attention to examples of degrading treatment, a lack of mechanisms to verify the effectiveness of treatment, and a large amount of resources being allocated to residential treatment.The authors' recommendations include performing a full assessment of treatment available in Poland, diversifying the treatment offer, and assessing the cost-effectiveness of different types of treatment. The executive summary of the report is available for download in English, along with the full report in Polish
Open Society Foundations;
The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs.Digital switch-over of terrestrial broadcasting in Poland may still be almost a year away, but the lead-up and preparations to it have shed light on the most entrenched problems facing the country's public service broadcasters.This study of the impact of digitization on Polish media highlights the delays in digitization caused by political infighting; the lack of technical and financial assistance to ensure that the most vulnerable members of society benefit from digitization and new media; and the funding crisis afflicting public broadcasting. The political and economic position of the public broadcaster is critical in the digitization of broadcasting in Poland, both because of its continued—albeit diminishing—role in the media market, and because of its extensive involvement in the preparations for the switch-over.The authors of this report assess that the initiatives to inform the public about how digitization will affect them have been insufficient. Appropriate provisions should swiftly be put in place. Other major recommendations include a revision of spectrum allocation criteria to improve access for those "third way" broadcasters such as religious, educational, civil society or local government outlets, and the need for a durable solution to the public broadcasting funding crisis.
Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland;
Document drafted by representatives of 12 organisations, members of LPO Network and the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in 2000. It presents a definition of what a local philanthropic organisation is as well as a description of standards recommended to local philanthropic organisations in order to achieve an effective management.
Centrum Pre Filantropiu (CPF);
The subject of this study is the percentage tax designation system as a phenomenon in the nexus of public finance allocation, public benefit/civil society realm and taxation. Its focus is Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), where the system has remained to be a popular policy instrument over twenty years.This research had been prepared in 2014 and was conducted during 2015 in five CEE countries that use the percentage tax designation system: Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. It focused on four areas: 1) What the percentage tax designation system actually is and what it is not, 2) What is its role in funding of the non-profit sector, 3) What are its side effects and 4) What is the connection between the policy making and the results? The research had a form of expert panel through country research associates that worked according to the unified methodology, using secondary quantitative and qualitative data. The data including the expert opinion were organized into the project's database.
Compiled by Joerg Forbrig, Programme Officer and Pavol Demes, Director for Central and Eastern Europe, of the German Marshall Fund in the US, this article is based on a presentation delivered to the annual meeting of the Grantmakers East Group in Sofia, Bulgaria, in October 2004. Presenting the preliminary results of research carried out on home-grown grantmakers funding civic initiatives in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, it demonstrates why indigenous grantmakers can be considered a potential source of funding, after the departure of foreign grantmakers from this area.
Bernard Van Leer Foundation;
The Foundation funded an independent evaluation to examine the impact that it had made in young children's lives in four countries: Kenya, Colombia, Poland and Germany. A five-person evaluation team conducted an in-depth examination of work funded by € 92 million in investments over the course of 40 years. This report shares the findings.