Fundacja Liberté! (Liberté! Foundation) is a think tank and a civil society organization founded in 2007 in Lodz, Poland. The entity is registered in the National Court Register (KRS) as a foundation. The main focus of the Foundation’s activities is publishing expert, ideological, socio-political Liberté! magazine – an e-monthly magazine and an online webportal at www.liberte.pl.
Our mission is to promote civic engagement for community, an open society, liberal economic ideas, European integration, and to organize a social movement around these ideas in Poland.
The Foundation’s main objective is to create in Poland a viable liberal alternative to the mainstream populists attitudes in the form of a comprehensive and interdisciplinary institution capable of influencing Polish citizens in an efficient way in a bid to bring about a liberal change in the country and the society as a whole.
The Foundation is a member of expert organizations: the 4liberty.eu network, the Atlas network, and the European Liberal Forum (ELF).
The Foundation has a diversified funding base. The main sources of funding include: a) grants (the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the City of Lodz Office, the Atlas Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, European Liberty Forum, among others); b) private sponsorship (Microsoft, Orange, Bosch, Google, Kulczyk Investments, among others); c) crowdfunding and individual donations; d) own business activity (a cafe, books sales, among others).
Five people are employed as full-time professional staff, several people cooperate with the Foundation under temporary-employment contracts, ten people are employed as technical staff in the Foundation’s cultural center in Lodz (6. Dzielnica). Throughout the year, the Foudnation cooperates with several volunteers and/or interns. Key staff members include: Błażej Lenkowski, Leszek Jażdżewski, Olga Łabendowicz, Marcin Malecki, Joanna Głodek. Supporting staff members: Magdalena M. Baran, Magda Melnyk.