Business is about people. It’s not only about entrepreneurs and their employees, but also about the inhabitants of the cities where companies operate and make their investments. Gdańsk Economic Development Foundation promotes the development of a common space for communication between economic growth of the city and the needs of the local community. Bringing business professionals and local residents together, coming up with initiatives designed for Gdańsk inhabitants, supporting local schemes and programs dedicated to struggle with the social exclusion, as well as participating in environmental actions – these are the main priorities of ourFoundation.
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Education for Business, Business for Education
The “Education for Business” program supports measures taken in the public interest in regards to education and local development. It is an attempt to expand the courses and trainings offered by local institutions, schools and universities to include the requirements of the contemporary labor market. Gdańsk Economic Development Foundation promotes also the development and adjustment of school curricula to keep them in line with the current market requirements. We create vocational training classes supported by specific employers as well as organize courses and trainings for employees. The formula of the program includes meetings and conferences as well as academic cooperation and exchange.
Foundation promotes sustainable economic growth of the region, implemented in line with the needs of the local community and the natural environment. As part of its statutory activity Foundation supports cultural institutions in their initiatives aimed at facilitating access to culture and promoting the need to participate in cultural events. Foundation supports environmental activities, which include workshops aimed at building environmental awareness and initiatives organized by institutions focusing on protecting wildlife and natural environment. We support local shelters that take care of abandoned animals.
Foundation focuses on social inclusion and the professional activation of marginalized people. It combats discrimination and promotes the culture of national minorities. As part of charity obligations, Foundation supports children’s homes in Gdańsk, associations that engage people with various disabilities and provides help with the treatment of patients who do not qualify for the reimbursement of medical expenses.
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Who would you like to become in the future? We have all heard this question at some point. The answer is neither easy nor obvious. Foundation supports projects focused on promoting the basics of entrepreneurship among pupils, on career guidance and shaping an informed choice of career path among the youth. The “Education for business” scheme has provided support e.g. for the Inspiring Examples Foundation, which supports the development ofpatronage classes, organizes meetings with employers as well as professional practices and internships. To this end, high schools collaborate with businesses.
The pandemic has been a difficult test for the society as a whole – a test of solidarity and sensitivity. The initiative known as “Posiłek za Wysiłek” (Meal For The Effort), co-organized by Foundation, was an attempt to help those who were particularly exposed to Covid-19, i.e. health care staff and the elderly resiedents of Gdańsk. It also included support for local restaurant owners, since the restrictions took their toll mainly on this group. During this campaign, nearly 10,000 two-course meals were prepared and distributed to health care staff and the elderly people in Gdańsk for 85 consecutive days.
Fit for life, fit for work
Foundation promotes the social and professional activation of the disabled, with a particular focus on people with intellectual disabilities. By supporting the activity of the Polish Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability, Foundation strives to boost the sense of dignity and independence among the disabled. We promote schemes and projects focused on rehabilitation, therapy, education, gaining greater independence in everyday life, preparation for work and employment as well as on creating new jobs. As part of professional activation program, Foundation supports the functioning of cieKAWA Cafe – a place created together with people with intellectual disabilities.
Healthy body, healthy spirit
Promoting sport and physical activity is one of the Foundation’s priorities , which participates in organizing sports events, provides funding for sports classes for children and youth, and supports youngtalents. Apart from projects designed for team sports (supporting training sessions, purchasing sports equipment and outfits), Foundation is also involved in organizing sports activities for the disabled. In order to promote sports and physical activity, Foundation supports the organization of Children’s Day each year and helps to organize local sports festivals.
Our home: planet Earth
Foundation promotes the idea of sustainable growth and protecting natural resources by supporting environment-friendly initiatives. Portfolio of projects implemented by Foundation includes supporting environmental education organized by the Polish Ecological Club, workshops in environmental awareness for kids (Matilda’s Garden in the Gdańsk ZOO) and protection of wild animals (nesting boxes for kestrels, support for the Pomeranian Center for the Rehabilitation of Wild Animals “Ostoja”). Moreover, Foundation also supports animal shelters, which take care of abandoned animals (Rogate Ranczo in Bojano, Promyk Shelter in Gdańsk).
Encounters with culture
Foundation supports artistic events, which promote culture and counteract discrimination. It collaborates with the Regional and Municipal Library, with the Baltic Opera as well as with numerous national minority associations and unions. Together with the Armenian Union in Gdańsk we organized Armenian Days and the concert titled “From Armenia to Gdańsk – the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Komitas Vardapet, Founder of the Armenian National School of Music.” One of the events organized as part of the Armenian Days was the exhibition of paintings by Gagik Parsamyan, titled “The Colors of Armenia” and the presentation of traditional Armenian music. The event was organized under the patronage of the Ambassador of Armenia in Poland, J.E. Samvel Mkrtchian.
Foundation supports orphanages and children’s homes by funding extracurricular classes and offering career guidance and support to children and youth. We also collaborate with the Gdańsk Social Innovations Foundation. Together we support social entrepreneurship programs – the profits are reinvested in order to help disadvantaged young people. Furthermore, Foundation supports also the Obudź Nadzieję (Raising Hopes) Foundation in offering aid and assistance to children living in Gdańsk Children’s Homes. Together we provide for children’s everyday needs, purchase school supplies and clothes, and organize holidays.
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