ING for Children Foundation
Our mission is to equal the chances of children and teenagers.
The ING for Children Foundation is one of the oldest corporate foundations in Poland. It was established on the grounds of the Foundation of Bank Śląski formed in 1991. Owing to work and involvement of people connected with the foundation, ING volunteers and social partners, over 10 thousand children have been helped in manifold ways.
The foundation’s mission is to equal the chances of children which is done with the use of its original social programmes.
Smile Camps – free educational and therapeutic camps for the charges of the foundation in the recreation centre in Wisła
ING Voluntary Services Programme – ING employees financially supported by the foundation engage in local social initiatives
Books – the foundation distributes free of charge the books for children
Orange Power - the support of ING employees for children in their sport activity
The charges of the foundation stay in the recreation centre in Wisła for twelve days for free. Depending on their needs, the foundation operates therapeutic and educational programmes or organises camps for the charges of primary schools, community youth centres or therapeutic groups. Each year, nearly 1,100 children from all over Poland participate in 22 camps.
Current information about Smile Camps is available on Facebook.
Children's impressions from Smile Camps
ING Voluntary Services Programme
This programme of the ING for Children Foundation is to foster the development of local communities and employee engagement. Volunteers deliver their projects with the financial assistance of the foundation and partnering with non-governmental organisations as well as municipal and commune social welfare centres.
Every employee is entitled to 8 hours of working time to be used for voluntary activities. In 2019, volunteers participated in local initiatives for 7052 hours. They delivered 91 projects all over Poland. Those included projects under the Good Idea grant contest.
Current information about the Voluntary Services Programme is available on Facebook.
Between 2005 and 2010, the foundation supported the ING Bank Śląski S.A programme “Accompanied by the Lion”. It was mainly intended to promote bibliotheraphy, i.e. a therapy with the use of adequately prepared texts or books. We published together with the bank two books: “Alien” and “Lucjan, the Lion One of Its Kind”, written by Roksana Jędrzejewska-Wróbel. The graphic design is by Jona Jung.
“Lucjan, the Lion One of Its Kind” is a book for children suffering from oncological diseases. It teaches children how to overcome difficulties, tame the fear and tells them about the power of friendship.
“Alien” – addressed to the families with autistic children. The story helps to understand difficult behaviours and shows how to look for support in a specialist therapy. The book was published in cooperation with the Synapsis Foundation.
“The Snowman in the Fridge” by Łukasz Gorczyca and Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz, published by the ING Polish Art Foundation , tells stories about subjects of contemporary artists and why they pursue them. The book encourages discovering artistic potential in everyday activities and is a perfect starting point for talks about art with children aged 6-12. We distribute free copies of the book together with the scenarios of workshops in schools, libraries, and NGOs.
We also distribute the book "I Have Asperger's Syndrome. Handbook for Students and Teachers" published by The Association "Based in Warsaw". This is a unique in its form and approach to the subject textbook about Asperger syndrome.
Each year, the books are sent to a few thousand of younger and older readers.
“Lucjan, the Lion One of Its Kind”, “Alien” and "I Have Asperger's Syndrome. Handbook for Students and Teachers" are available in the electronic version at https://www.ingdzieciom.pl/co-robimy/ksiazki.
Orange Power stands for the support of ING employees for children who want to be active. It enables them to get to know different sports, participate in a bicycle race or start a new form of rehabilitation.
Every year, the ING team participates in the "Run Warsaw" event. The event consists of a 10 kilometre run and a 5 kilometre walk and translates into sports activities for children throughout Poland. ING employees promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Thanks to the support of ING Bank Śląski, each participant of the Orange Team increases the pool of funds that the ING Children Foundation allocates to the sport activation of children and young people throughout Poland.
The ING for Children Foundation beneficiaries are:
- non-governmental organisations,
- schools and kindergartens (e.g. special and inclusive schools),
- community youth centres,
- hospitals with paediatric wards.
The form of support and the activity of the selected organisation must be in line with the goals and mission of the ING for Children Foundation.
Consequently, the foundation does not help organisations which conduct political, trade union or religious activity or private school facilities (kindergartens, schools, universities). Nor does it support an initiative if there is a conflict of interest as far as the statutory goals of the foundation are concerned.