The 2002 PHF Report
Friends of the Foundation,
contains a summary of the PHF activities in 2002 with an update from the
annual meeting of the PHF members on Feb 20, 2003. It was the first year the
Foundation was active and it was quite busy for us. As we want to develop
and grow, we would like to invite everybody to support the Foundation in
2003 and beyond by volunteering for the PHF and by becoming members of the
PHF. Below is the list of our accomplishments for 2002.
In March 2002,
the Foundation received the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. In May
2002, the first annual meeting of Members marked the starting point for the
PHF. The meeting finalized the Bylaws, made changes to Articles of
Incorporation and elected the first regular Board of Directors of the PHF.
The Directors appointed Officers who run the Foundation. In February 2003,
the next annual meeting of members re-elected the same Directors and opened
membership to the public. Since 2002, Mr. Ryszard Kott has served both as
the Chairman of the Board and as the President of the PHF.
In 2002, the
Foundation has established bank accounts, received several donations and
awarded three grants. It has a bilingual website indicated above and
publicized its charter and activities in both quarterlies popular in our
community. The Directors defined the policies vital for the PHF. Our mission
statement and all the basic information are available at the website.
The core activity:
donations and grants
In 2002 the
Foundation received several cash and software donations, most of it in
targeted donations. Internally the PHF tracks the donations in the following
targeted funds: cultural, educational, emergency and medical, and the
Polish Home improvement; there also is a general fund. Donations to the PHF
are tax deductible.
awarded 3 grants in 2002 for a total value of $1850:
1) A software grant valued at $1050
to the Polish Home Association in Seattle to upgrade software to improve
membership bookkeeping as well as the service at the PHA library.
2) A cash grant of $300 to the Polish
School in Seattle to provide funds for educational DVDs in Polish planned as
awards for students of the School.
3) A cash grant of $500 towards the
“Polna Rapsodia” concert to support a concert featuring songs to poems by
Polish authors. The concert is organized by Mr. Tomasz Aleksander and is
scheduled for March 9, 2003 in Seattle.
In 2002, the
Foundation expenses totaled $2,070.54, out of which $1850 went towards
grants and the rest towards fees such as a web hosting fee. This makes for an efficiency of 89%.
2003 goals: growing
membership and fundraising
The Foundation had
a good start on its core mission in 2002. At the same time, our local
Polish-American community is still not fully aware of the Foundation
existence and benefits. We would like to raise the awareness of the
Foundation to the whole new level in order to be able to serve as actively
as we hoped. We need help with the planned fundraising efforts and we invite
everybody to volunteer for the PHF and to become members of the PHF. We look
forward to working with the Polish-American community of the Puget Sound
region promoting Polish heritage and culture in the Pacific Northwest in
Ryszard K. Kott