TFN aarives w Polsce
This month we wanted to highlight the fantastic job our friends at the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland have done to introduce TFN’s live crowdfunding model to cities and villages across Poland. Since we started working together in 2016, there has been 14 Polish TFN events in Warsaw, Krapkowice, Dębica, Tczew, Biłgoraj, Jabłonka, Cieszyn, Stara Bystrzyca, Ełk and Gdańsk. Soon to be added to this list is Żywiec, in south central Poland with a population of around 40,000, which will host its first event later this year.
These events have raised €38,640 for 42 grass roots community projects working for social change. These have included a project to engage children from disadvantaged backgrounds in sport led by a leading Polish wheelchair athlete in Warsaw, another to help immigrants to integrate into the local community in Tczew and in Elk and a volunteer initiative to rescue, sterilise and create little homes for kittens that are left to die in rubbish bins.
Speaking about the success of the TFN model in Poland, Kaja Petryka-Siemiończyk of the Academy said: “There is no greater power than what is in people. Poles have fallen in love with the giving circle! It is great that successful events have taken place in a big city like Warsaw, but also in small villages like Jablonka which has a population of less than 5,000 people”.
This photo is one of our favourites from the international events – it features Polish TV broadcaster, Grzegorz Nawrocki leading the pledging session at the first ever event in Warsaw back in 2016. You can see photos from TFN events all over Poland on Facebook.
Gratulacje dla wszystkich!