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Pawels organization, the “Academy for Philanthropy,” encourages business to invest in civil society, and at the same time promotes the professionalization of the civic sector’s organization, management, and resource acquisition. To achieve these ends, his academy operates a multiple education and consulting program targeted at business, NGOs, and youth.
After the economic and political transformations in 1989 theinitiatives “from below” have sky–rocketed. But both sectors, non–profit and business, have developed in isolation. Polish NGOs deal with specific, circumscribed social problems without seeking to make their work transparent to business. They neglect opportunities for mutually beneficial cross–sector collaboration. There is mistrust and the lack of cross–sector communication. When NGOs have to approach businesses for donations, they do not know how: their appeals are disorganized, out of synch with business’ point of view, and they often result in refusals or in the coincidental support of marginal programs.
His organization, the “Academy for Philanthropy”since 1998 encourages businesses to invest in a civic society, and at the same time promotes the professionalization of the civic sector’s organization, management and resource acquisition. Till now the organization implemented 40 programs and created a publishing house where 90 series of books were published. To establish links with donors Pawel launched a Donors’ Service Agency which provides consulting to the private sector. They collaborate with 183 institutional donors. To pursue private sector investment Pawel launched an annual award: “Donor of the Year Award”.
Pawel calls his idea “building a smooth gearbox” between business and the civic sector. To develop creative cross–sector cooperation, he has launched a comprehensive program to inform Polish business about opportunities for investment in local non–profit organizations and to heighten their awareness of the advantages they could derive. Pawel is educating Polish NGOs to make their programs comprehensible in strictly business terms to youth and business students in order to build social awareness early in their careers. Whereas the predominant paradigm currently revolves around the idea of charity, he wants to press his alternative idea of “social investment.”
Today the organization works in four fields. They activate local communities, develop modern philanthropy, promote social activity and support corporate social responssibility. They will focus on modern philanthropy, use of new technologies and cooperation with reliable partners. They are constantly looking for unconventional methods and are entering into new areas.
In college, Pawel was involved (pre–1989) in the illegal underground Solidarity Movement. He organized its committee for cooperation with the civic sector – he was the first in Poland to work towards cooperation. In 1990 and 1991, he trained Poland’s first free Parliament members to understand the importance and needs of the civic sector. Since 1997, Pawel has become convinced that his next vital step should be devoted to developing links between the civic sector and business. He focused full–time on his work with the Academy for Philanthropy.