Loża Katowicka Business Center Club is the honorary patron of the Foundation
The Jerzy Bernhard Aid Foundation has launched a campaign presenting its activity profile among potential donors, mainly entrepreneurs. The Foundation intends to allocate the obtained funds to the implementation of its strategic goals, in particular to support health care facilities, as well as to support activities aimed at promoting physical culture and sport among the local community, the process of education through sport, the implementation of forms of charity and also to help the stray, sick, suffering and abandoned animals. Support in these activities was offered by the Loża Katowicka Business Center Club under the leadership of Chancellor Eugeniusz Budniok, taking the honorary patronage over the Foundation.
The Jerzy Bernhard Aid Foundation: COMMEMORATING THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PROJECTS
Interview with Ewa Szymura, President of the JB Aid Foundation, and Henryk Orczykowski, Chairman of the JB Aid Foundation Council, President of the Managenent Board of STALPROFIL SA
In July this year the Jerzy Bernhard (JB) Aid Foundation was created. What is the mission of the Foundation, which in an organized manner continues and develops forms of implementation of the idea of corporate social responsibility of STALPROFIL SA?
Henryk Orczykowski: The mission of the Jerzy Bernhard Foundation is to commemorate the charitable activity of its patron through the implementation of social, medical, educational and animal care projects.
Ewa Szymura: We want to act as a link between those in need of help and those who can and want to provide this help. We see a special role in enabling economic entities to implement the idea of corporate social responsibility through financial and material support for the Foundation's projects. We believe that entities operating in the field of economy have an important role to play in the area of the Foundation's strategic goals.
Everyone knew Jerzy Bernhard as a great manager, accomplished entrepreneur, speaker at economic congresses, promoter of economic and industry self-government. What was his involvement in socially sensitive issues? Which areas of social life were most often assisted by STALPROFIL SA, which he managed?
Henryk Orczykowski: Jerzy Bernhard's involvement in pro-social activities ran in two directions. On the one hand, these were projects addressed mainly to institutional entities, such as health care institutions (retrofitting with equipment), or material and financial support for educational institutions. A significant part of this area was supported by the Foundation for Health Protection in Dąbrowa Górnicza, the donor of which was, inter alia, STALPROFIL SA. Mr. President personally solicited financial support from the above foundation also from other economic entities. The second edition of the charity activity of the Foundation's Patron is the sphere of his private activities consisting in providing material and financial support to specific people who need help, often from nearby neighborhoods, as well as helping stray animals.
How will the Foundation raise funds?
Ewa Szymura: Apart from the founding fund, which the Foundation has been equipped with by STALPROFIL SA, the revenues of the Foundation are financial donations from entrepreneurs who are legal and natural persons. We also ask for financial or material support to all other people who identify with our mission and want to help the Foundation achieve its goals, specific tasks and projects. Moreover, the Foundation aspires to the role of a public benefit organization. After obtaining such status, it will be able to apply for additional support in the form of 1% income tax from natural persons, transferred by taxpayers in accordance with the Act on Public Benefit and Volunteer Work. It should be noted that the Jerzy Bernhard Foundation does not conduct economic activity and members of the Foundation's authorities perform their functions free of charge.
What activities are you planning for the near future?
Henryk Orczykowski: The Foundation intends to carry out an action presenting activities among potential donors, mainly enterprises. By collecting funds in this way, we intend to proceed with the implementation of its strategic goals, especially support for health care institutions, supporting activities to promote physical culture and sport among the local community, as well as the process of education through sport, the implementation of forms of charity and also helping the stray, sick, suffering and abandoned animals.
As part of your activities, do you provide for any special events organized by the Foundation, e.g. sports, cultural, charity events, etc.? Will there be an award of the Jerzy Bernhard Aid Foundation?
Ewa Szymura: Currently, the Foundation is in the initial stage of development, therefore the primary goal is to establish cooperation with donors and to start a stream of aid between donors and those in need. In addition, the period of the still ongoing pandemic is not conducive to the organization of events. Finally, we are still in the mourning period for the passing of Jerzy Bernhard. For the above reasons, we are not planning any special events in the form of cultural or charity events in the coming weeks or months. However, we do not rule out such activities in the future, as long as they help to better achieve the Foundation's goals. Of course, we are considering honoring people and institutions that have contributed to the implementation of the Foundation's mission. In this context, we are working on defining the formula for the Jerzy Bernhard award.
Interviewed by: Janusz Pilszak
Translated by: STALPROFIL SA