Dominika Kulczyk’s pre-holiday appeal

17 December 2015

The interview with Dominika Kulczyk in Rzeczpospolita is very important to Polish philanthropy! “Take a moment to think about how this sounds: ‘It’s so nice to be good.’ What was supposed to be altruism is just common egotism. We can be satisfied, but our satisfaction should be produced not by our actions but rather by the benefits accruing to those we help,” the head of Kulczyk Foundation tells Rzeczpospolita

In Thursday’s Rzeczpospolita (17.12.2015), Dominika Kulczyk responds to questions many people would like to ask the wealthiest woman in Poland. For example, why does someone as rich as her ask common people to give money to different causes? “When I’m in a group of people facing the challenge of having to provide quick help to a specific individual, what should I do? Give everything that is needed just because I can afford to? That’s just mindless! How would it make my companions feel to be treated like this even though they wanted to help out as well? Such situations need to be thought out. Our operations create opportunities to help for plenty of benefactors – wonderful people who want to make their own contributions,” explains Dominika Kulczyk.

The head of Kulczyk Foundation, who also sits on the Management Board of Kulczyk Investments, also says something that can serve as an important tip for socially sensitive businesses. “We help in regions where often whole countries are unable to help themselves. And this is the necessity, because if we don’t do it, who will? If not our knowledge drawn from successful business and years of experience working with diverse people and communities, then whose? […] I can’t fill the collection boxes of every beggar in the world, but even if I could, they would only get up from their knees for a moment. I want them to get up for good, which is why we invest in social enterprises that transform the reality of hundreds of thousands of people and families who need innovative solutions, business knowledge, and new communities of investors.

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