The Association Center of Promotion and Civil Initiative Development PISOP was established at the beginning of 2000 as the Regional Centre for Voluntary Sector Support in response to the need to make voluntary organisations activities more professional. During this period our activities have evaluated and now the core of our activities is social entrepreneurship, social innovation, corporate social responsibility and building cross-sectoral partnerships.
Since 2000, we have been supporting social economy entities in their activities, managing and acquiring funds. We have completed over 75 projects for more than 7,000 beneficiaries.
Since 2008, we have been working for the development of Social Economy in the region. In two cities in Wielkpolska region (Leszno and Poznań) we lead The Center of Social Economy Support (social entrepreneurship incubator), where we provide substantial support in the area of management of an institution, human resources, finances, internal and external communication. Proposed forms of support include training courses, consultancy, accounting, law and marketing services. We provide financial assistance – grants for Social Economy starts-up. For 3 years we have been organizing Social Entrepreneurship Fairs in Leszno and Poznań.
Corporate Social Responsibility
We are the leader in a discussion about corporate social responsibility in our region. Since 2010, we have been publishing As Biznesu Magazine, where we write about corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, cross-sectoral initiatives and partnerships. We also run a website asbiznesu.pl which is a good source to find information about new trends in CSR, articles and interviews with experts. We organized 16 networking meetings for business and NGOs in 6 different cities, we prepared more than 100 broadcasts in the radio about CSR. Currently we are working on an innovative platform for cooperation between non-governmental organisations and business to connect this two sectors.
We support various social innovations. In the years 2011-2014, we have developed an innovative model for the business management for social enterprises – BINGO (Business – Innovation – NGO), which includes web-based tool. In the years 2013-2015 we have developed together with the local government in Konin (Greater Poland region) an innovative model of contracting social services in the area of entrepreneurship. Thanks to this project the city of Konin decided to transfer some of the responsibilities which previously belonged to the Municipality to the NGOs (e.g. networking meetings for local entrepreneurs, promotion of the economic potential of the city). We are a partner in all activities which are carry on in this project, and we prepared a report about the condition of cooperation between non-governmental organisations and local government in the field of social entrepreneurship development. We also carried out a social franchise model with the use of Polish and foreign business experience.
In 2003 PISOP Center became a member of the national NGO Support Network SPLOT (which main aim is to provide support to non-governmental organizations). The president of our organization is a member of the Board of this Network. We participated in elaboration of standards of functioning for the Network. We are also responsible for the incorporation of new members to the Network.