Founders and partners
College of Europe
The College of Europe is one of the longest established educational institutions offering one-year postgraduate European studies programs. Today, the Natolin campus is at the cutting edge of academic study of new developments in the European Union, namely the EU’s relations with its neighbours and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). In 2012, the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair was established at the Natolin campus to respond to the increasing needs for a more comprehensive appreciation of the integration process, coupled with an understanding of the EU’s relations with the neighbours. Thanks to scholarships offered by the European Commission and a number of EU Member States, the Natolin Campus hosts a continuously growing number of students coming from the ENP countries.
The Polish-American Freedom Foundation
The Polish-American Freedom Foundation was established in the U.S. by the Polish-American Enterprise Fund (PAEF). In 2000, the Foundation opened its Representative Office in Poland. The Foundation finances its activities from revenues generated by its endowment, the source of which is the Polish-American Enterprise Fund. The Fund has so far transferred $255 million to the endowment.
The Foundation launched its operations in 2000 with a dual mission: to help consolidate the results of the Polish transformation and to share the Polish experience with other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. In Poland, the Foundation decided to focus on those groups and communities that were lagging behind the transformation process, especially in rural areas and small towns. PAFF now pursues its goals through 18 programs implemented in three thematic areas: education, development of local communities, and sharing the Polish experience in transformation. By the end of December 2019, the Foundation had disbursed $216 million for its activities and attracted approximately $200 million to these programs from other sources.
The Leaders of Change Foundation co-organizes WEASA on behalf of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The Foundation offers scholarships, study visits and internships for beneficiaries from Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. The main activities of the Foundation include managing of the following long-term programs: The Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program and “Study Tours to Poland” Program.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.
GMF contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders opportunities to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic exchange, and supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation.
Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, nonprofit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.