BackgroundFundacja Bankowa im. Leopolda Kronenberga grew out of Bank Handlowy W. Warszawie S.A., the oldest financial institution in Poland. This bank was founded in 1870 as the first Polish joint stock company, and privatised in 1997. In addition to the desire to increase the material profits of the clients, the ambition of the leadership of Bank Handlowy was to create a social identity for the bank as a public trust institution. The public mission of the bank was taken over by the foundation, which started public activities in October 1996.
MissionInspired by the work of Leopold Kronenberg, an outstanding financier, philanthropist and culture patron, they focus their efforts on economic education and protection of cultural heritage. They initiate and manage volunteering projects for the employees of Citi Handlowy, promote Corporate Social Responsibility and support the growth of local communities.
Programme areasSince 1996 the Kronenberg Foundation focus its efforts on economic education and the protection of cultural heritage. They initiate and manage volunteering projects for the employees of Citi Handlowy, promote Corporate Social Responsibility and support the growth of local communities. THey have developed a number of original programs and supported worthwhile projects delivered by other organizations countrywide, with particular focus on local initiatives.
The Foundation achieves its goals through:
- Supporting associations and foundations active in the fields of education and local development and effectively reforming economic and entrepreneurship education, in order to adjust it to the needs of market economy,
- Supporting especially valuable educational initiatives in culture, with special emphasis on music and cultural heritage,
- Creating advanced educational programs,
- Promoting the idea of corporate volunteering,
- Granting awards to individuals with outstanding achievements in the fields of economics and the protection of cultural heritage,
- Activity in the third sector community, including organisations such as European Foundation Centre, Donors Forum Poland, Responsible Business Forum.
Economy is an essential sphere of life since it directly affects its quality. By increasing financial awareness, an individual can acquire the skills of effective management of personal finances.
Protection of Polish cultural heritage is also a priority to the Foundation. Each year they award individuals or institutions with outstanding achievements in this field, with the prestigious Aleksander Gieysztor Award.
Under Grant Program, their oldest ongoing project, annually they support dozens of pro-bono initiatives countrywide.
Employee Volunteering Program at Citi Handlowy, the Foundation has managed for five years, has gained recognition in the volunteering community and a number of prestigious awards. The 2005-2012 records hold more than 12 000 volunteering engagements in 1061 projects, more than 76 000 hours in total.