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About us

OUR STORY

The idea star­ted when Alek­san­dra Muziń­ska met with teachers from the town of Oświę­cim and its sur­ro­un­dings. The par­ti­ci­pants asked why LGBT+ acti­vi­sts from large orga­ni­za­tions don’t visit towns like the­irs more often. Where are they sup­po­sed to get the know­ledge, if it is so dif­fi­cult to talk openly, act, and lead rain­bow edu­ca­tion in smal­ler towns and vil­la­ges? From this and other meetings with local leaders from Ryb­nik, Hru­bie­szów, or Kielce, the idea Was born of a fund that sup­ports local actions for LGBT+ people. A month later, on June 19th, 2019, Fund for a Change Was offi­cially laun­ched.

OUR MISSION AND GOALS

We dream of Poland where LGBT+ people feel at home in every com­mu­nity. At last.

  1. We streng­then people and gro­ups that want to cre­ate open com­mu­ni­ties, we pro­vide mini grants, sug­gest how to wisely sup­port and faci­li­tate action.
  2. We mobi­lize allies to act and coura­ge­ously sup­port LGBT + people.
  3. We build a com­mu­nity of people for whom it is impor­tant to cre­ate local and gras­sro­ots acti­vi­ties for LGBT people out­side big urban cen­ters.

We belief the change in our coun­try is possi­ble thanks to the hard work hap­pe­ning in small towns and vil­la­ges, because tha­t’s where majo­rity of Poles live. Money for equ­ality actions rarely reach these pla­ces, which is why our Fund pro­vides money, know­ledge, and sup­port to orga­ni­za­tions and infor­mal gro­ups who wish to act for LGBT+ people’s accep­tance.

METHOD

Inspi­red by Femi­nist Fund, we use par­ti­ci­pa­tory grant making appro­ach. This means that the selec­tion of suc­cess­ful grants is made join­tly with orga­ni­za­tions and gro­ups who applied with their pro­jects. We value trans­pa­rency of the pro­cess, the oppor­tu­nity to learn from each other, get inspi­red, get to know each other, and our per­spec­ti­ves. We trust that you know best what actions are most needed. In this appro­ach, we see a great chance to build our com­mu­nity.

Funders

Aleksandra Muzińska

I am a lesbian, and a proud LGBT+ community member. Over the last few years I was engaged in marriage equality campaign being a board member and co-president of the Love Does Not Exclude Association.

Coming from Warsaw, and having grown up in a friendly and accepting environment, I benefit from certain privileges. On the other hand, I can’t marry my partner. I feel that our love and mutual commitment are invisible to the society. But my family, friend, and neighborhood communities do a lot to protect me from homophobia every day.

My years of activism and meeting our community members made me realise that as LGBT+ people, we function in different environments and we bring change in diverse communities. I admire everyone who, despite their personal situation, which can often be very difficult, has the courage and enthusiasm to work to increase LGBT+ people’s acceptance. I know money and support is often lacking in this work. Our Fund will change that.

Aleksandra Muzińska

I am a lesbian, and a proud LGBT+ community member. Over the last few years I was engaged in marriage equality campaign being a board member and co-president of the Love Does Not Exclude Association.

Coming from Warsaw, and having grown up in a friendly and accepting environment, I benefit from certain privileges. On the other hand, I can’t marry my partner. I feel that our love and mutual commitment are invisible to the society. But my family, friend, and neighborhood communities do a lot to protect me from homophobia every day.

My years of activism and meeting our community members made me realise that as LGBT+ people, we function in different environments and we bring change in diverse communities. I admire everyone who, despite their personal situation, which can often be very difficult, has the courage and enthusiasm to work to increase LGBT+ people’s acceptance. I know money and support is often lacking in this work. Our Fund will change that.

Małgorzata Maciejewska

I’m a researcher and a lesbian, I come from Warsaw and I live here. I’m a member of the Love Does Not Exclude Association, where I started my LGBT+ activism.

I would like to feel comfortable not only in big cities, but everywhere in Poland. I would like to hold my partner’s hand, and to not have to guess how safe it might be. There are many ways for us, LGBT+ people, to be able to feel proud, safe, and at home. My dream is to create an environment for a supportive community, promoting diversity and meeting varied needs of the local communities.

While working with local initiatives, I have seen and experienced how complex requirements of grant competitions prevent small organizations from implementing their ideas that are most needed in their communities. I want For a Change Fund to strengthen your organizations to deliver what is important to you.

Małgorzata Maciejewska

I’m a researcher and a lesbian, I come from Warsaw and I live here. I’m a member of the Love Does Not Exclude Association, where I started my LGBT+ activism.

I would like to feel comfortable not only in big cities, but everywhere in Poland. I would like to hold my partner’s hand, and to not have to guess how safe it might be. There are many ways for us, LGBT+ people, to be able to feel proud, safe, and at home. My dream is to create an environment for a supportive community, promoting diversity and meeting varied needs of the local communities.

While working with local initiatives, I have seen and experienced how complex requirements of grant competitions prevent small organizations from implementing their ideas that are most needed in their communities. I want For a Change Fund to strengthen your organizations to deliver what is important to you.

Team

Grzegorz Stefaniak

I am gay. I was born in Ostrów Wielkopolski, I act in Białystok at an equality organization 9dwunastych. I coordinate social, anti discrimination, and gender projects, and I work in education with youth and adults. I work as a Grant Programme Coordinator at the Fund.

Maja Branka

A trainer and a psychotherapist. In the training and therapy rooms she looks for words and language of a story that will reach the recipient and fuel change. She creates organizational communication strategies. In the Fund she comes up with unconventional actions, shortens our texts, and repeats the questions: why, to whom, and how to communicate it simply?

Ola Perczyńska

Institutional Fundraising Officer at the Fund and an international aid worker. In Nepal she founded Her Turn – an empowerment program for girls, which today is a local NGO. She works on women’s and girls’ rights and violence prevention. Rabid feminist, she likes dismantling patriarchy in her free time.

Advisory Group

We care about representation of the community the grants are intended for. That’s why we invited a group of people experienced in local community organizing, LGBT+ activism, and grant giving to collaborate with us. The Advisory Group supports us in setting our funding priorities and strategic reflection on the Fund’s development. Additionally, if in the process of project selection the community’s decisions don’t fully meet our priorities, and initiatives that do meet them are ranked somewhat lower, we – jointly with the Advisory Group – will decide which initiatives receive additional grants.

Marta Rawłuszko

A sociologist and a feminist from Bydgoszcz. In terms of labels, she is closest to a lesbian. She works at the Feminist Fund and Warsaw University. She authored the book “The Feminists in Liaison with the State. A Case Study” on whether the collaboration with public institutions can make emancipatory sense.

Kuba Wiśniowski

A non-binary activist living in Warsaw, with Poznań at heart. A former activist of the Stonewall Group. An initiator of Holidays without Dysphoria action which supports transmen, and a member of a samba group Resistance Rhythms which cheers at Equality Marches. Connected to an intersectional collective Camp for Climate.

dr Anna Strzałkowska

Born in Gdańsk, an academic teacher at Gdansk University, the president of Gdańsk Council for Equal Treatment, and a founder of Tolerado. She lives in Gdańsk with her wife Marta Abramowicz, they have a son and a cat Szurszak.

Kuba Piwowar

I am a Varsovian, but I come from Tarnów. I studied sociology, I work at Google as an analyst. I love Poland and I believe in our ability for openness and goodness. We are waiting with my fiance for a day when we can get married in our country.

Anna Adamowicz

Poznanian by birth and by choice. She finished humanist studies: polish philology and philosophy, but works in IT managing projects and products. She works for LGBT+ rights with the Stonewall Group, where she is a board member, and she founded a group working on widely defined equality education.

Kuba Gawron

I live in Rzeszów, where I co-organized two Equality Marches. I also co-authored Atlas of Hate, where we record official calls for discrimination of LGBTQ people and their allies. My hobby is Excel and public information requests. I believe that small grassroots communities can achieve great things.

Magda Dropek

Born in Żywiec, living in Kraków. Krakow Equality March and Queer May Festival organizer. Activist at rownosc.org.pl Foundation, where she achieves her dream of LGBT actions in smaller towns. Engaged in Robert Biedroń movement, she collaborates with parliament member Maciej Gdula. She provides visibility to the letter B.

Mateusz Sulwiński

An activist, gay. Since 2015 linked with Poznań’s Stonewall Group, which he currently presides. One of Poznań Pride Week and Equality March organizers. A co-creator of Summer Equality Academy. He comes from Błaszki (Łódź voivodship). He has been living in Poznań for 10 years. Born in 1990.

Magda Rakita

Intersex woman, co-funder of Interaction Foundation. Since 2018 she is building a support network for people with varied sexual development at the Campaign Against Homophobia. She lectures and leads workshops. She lives with her partner in Cambridge, UK. In 2018 she co-organized the first intersex people’s group at London Pride.

Grzegorz Stefaniak

I am gay. I was born in Ostrów Wielkopolski, I act in Białystok at an equality organization 9dwunastych. I coordinate social, anti discrimination, and gender projects, and I work in education with youth and adults.

Magda Pocheć

The originator and co-founder of the Feminist Fund. Intercultural psychologist by education, a feminist engaged in participatory philanthropy development in Poland (Femfund) and in Europe (FundAction). In the past she worked with FRIDA. Highly sensitive bisexual queer femme. She comes from Warsaw’s suburbs.

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For a Change Fund IS A NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION ACTING ON THE BASIS OF THE ACT ON PUBLIC BENEFIT AND VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITIES (Journal of Laws of 2003 No. 96, Item 873) AND THE ACT ON FOUNDATIONS (Journal of Laws of 1984, No. 21, Item 21, Item 873). THE FUND’S ACTIVITIES ARE NON-PROFIT.

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