XXIII edition of the Competition for the title of "Benefactor of the Year"


From January 9, companies and corporate foundations can be submitted to the competition for the title of "Benefactor of the Year". The competition awards and promotes the most responsible large and small companies that engage in activities to change the world - both locally and globally. This year's, twenty-third edition focuses on activities for cooperation and building partnerships implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland invites you to submit applications by February 12, 2020. The winners will be announced in June during the Final Gala.

Since 1997, the competition for the title of "Benefactor of the Year" has been supporting companies that are distinguished by responsibility and commitment, for which the priority is social activity on a par with caring for customers and the environment.

This year's Competition slogan is: "Time of cooperation, time of action". It refers, as in the previous two years, to the Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2015 - a plan for conscious and sustainable development, strengthening peace and freedom in the world. Sustainable Development Goal 17, linking all the others, calls for building partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society, based on shared principles and values, a shared vision and shared goals that put people and our planet at the center of action.

This year it will be five years since the resolution was passed. It is high time to call not only for a declaration of cooperation between companies and non-governmental organizations, but also for a specific action involving also other partners to support the idea of ​​sustainable development. Alarming information, for example on the threats resulting from the climate crisis, shows that it is time to act. And this applies to all of us. With no exception! - says Paweł Łukasiak, president of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.

From January 9 to February 12, companies and corporate foundations can be nominated for the title of "Benefactor of the Year 2020". Companies can only be nominated by non-governmental organizations.

Applications can be submitted in the following categories:

  • Education,

  • Ecology,

  • Local Development,

  • Health,

  • Social assistance,

  • Sport,

  • Corporate Foundation.

The winners will be selected by the Chapter. To facilitate this task, companies that pass the expert verification will be asked to send a short video about their project.

Why is it worth entering the competition?

The brand "Benefactor of the Year" distinguishes companies that demand more from themselves, are really involved in social projects - those that can offer the employee more than just financial gratification for the work done. The competition shows how various forms of corporate social involvement can take: from conducting employee volunteering, through activities for the natural environment, to supporting local initiatives.

The competition is organized by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. The founder of the Competition is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The auditor - the EY company, supervises the correctness of the procedures of the Competition.

The competition is supported by: Darczyńców Forum, "Lewiatan" Confederation, Business Center Club, Responsible Business Forum, Employers of Poland, United Nations Global Compact Poland, as well as CR Navigator, marketingprzykawie.pl, NGO.pl, responsiblebiznes.pl, adviserprzedsiebiorcy.pl, egospodarka .pl, Nowy Marketing, HR in heels and HR Polska.