Friends of the Stefan Batory Foundation

The Friends of the Stefan Batory Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Private Foundation established in 2003 with an aim to conduct charitable and educational activities that support and benefit its sister organization — the Stefan Batory Foundation in Poland. The mission of Friends of the Stefan Batory Foundation, similar to the mission of its Polish counterpart, is to support the development of an open, democratic society in Poland and in Central and Eastern Europe. The Friends of the Stefan Batory Foundation solicits grants and donations from individuals, institutions and corporations in the U.S. for projects that are consistent with the above mission. It facilitates transatlantic philanthropy by enabling American donors to support public benefit causes in Poland and Eastern and Central Europe in a tax-efficient and cost-effective way.

Board of Directors:

Prof. Irena Grudzinska-Gross — President
Prof. Jan Gross — Secretary
Prof. Andrzej Rapaczynski — Treasurer

I.R.S. 501(c)(3) determination letter [PDF 204 KB]

A letter from the President

You can make a difference

The success of Poland's transition to a democratic and open society has been due in large part to the active involvement of its citizens. It has also depended upon the funding that was made available by concerned individuals, foundations and companies to enable organizations such as the Stefan Batory Foundation to create the programs listed here that are essential to the development of any civil society and democratic nation. Without this funding, Poland's transition may have taken a different and far less successful course.

The future of Poland's democracy continues to depend upon its citizens and upon a vibrant, transparent and accountable NGO sector. The Stefan Batory Foundation is the leader among NGOs in Poland and is committed to building and protecting Poland's democratic society.

Many foundations and companies, as well as individuals have worked in partnership with the Stefan Batory Foundation over the past 15 years to help meet these goals. Your support of the Foundation and its programs will have a direct and vital impact in strengthening a democratic, open society for the long term.

We are asking for your help to support the Stefan Batory Foundation, and its programs, by making a financial contribution to the Friends of Stefan Batory Foundation.

Irena Grudzinska-Gross, the President