The Saint Nicholas Foundation

Our mission is to understand and to help. We want to help intelligently, like our patron Bishop Saint Nicholas, one of the greatest promoters of mercy. We combine charitable work with educational and scientific activities. Our desire is to reach as many people in need as possible. We believe that by sharing human poverty we can open hearts, build bonds, and lead to a real understanding of our neighbors.

The Saint Nicholas Foundation was established in 2002. For years the Foundation has been involved in the organization of social campaigns; in total we have carried out several dozen such campaigns. We have worked on behalf of family orphanages and foster families, working mothers and children's hospices. We have donated more than 40 millions Polish zlotys to people in need.

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Our mission is to understand and to help. We want to help intelligently, like our patron Bishop Saint Nicholas, one of the greatest promoters of mercy.

For several years now our work has focused on helping talented youth. We dream of the day when no young person in the country is preventing from developing his or her passion and interests because of poverty. Since 2010 we have been managing a scholarship fund. Currently we have two scholarship programs available: The Saint Nicholas Scholarships and – in cooperation with, and thanks to, the support of IKEA – The You Can Count on Family Program. Both of these programs support talented children and young people from across Poland.

We created these programs in order to build solid relationships between students, schools and graduates. The Foundation’s goal is not just fundraising for highly talented youth, but also the mobilisation of local communities, which we encourage to support students to improve their chance for a better future. More than two thousand talented youth from poor families have been awarded scholarships from the Saint Nicholas Foundation. Thanks to the Saint Nicholas Scholarships, these young people can spread their wings, develop their talents and acquire the skills necessary to create a real chance to realise their future dreams.

In 2015 we launched our Academy of Leaders program with the goal of increasing the participation of young and active people in social activities and public affairs. This project works by engaging young people from secondary schools across Poland to participate in social activities. We do this through training and workshops, meetings with interesting people and field trips, the exchange of experiences and help organizing their own projects. We help young people who want to be active socially and influence the future of the country by changing their little part of it – their local environment. The Academy of Leaders has already helped over 100 young people implement projects that they personally developed in cities, towns and villages across Poland.

We also publish books and a philosophical journal entitled “Political Theology” and the people associated with “Political Theology” also organise debates, lectures, get-togethers and film screenings.

The Saint Nicholas Scholarships program received the Honorary Patronage of Ms. Agata Kornhauser-Duda, the Spouse of President of Poland. The Academy of Leaders programme is run under the patronage of the Ministry of Education of Poland.

Please support our work today:
St Nicholas Foundation, account:
PKO BP 18 1440 1387 0000 0000 1092 6483, IBAN: PL, SWIFT (BIC): BPKOPLPW.

We are grateful for gifts of whatever size. We thank you for your support.

For further information, please contact:

Our office address: Koszykowa 24 lok. 7, 00-553 Warsaw. We are open from Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Please read our statute. We have charitable status.

Saint Nicholas Foundation - statutes
Saint Nicholas Foundation - statutes (English)
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