„Prawo do Pomocy” Foundation

The idea to set up „Prawo do Pomocy” Foundation was born of the conviction that everyone in need should have the right to appeal for assistance in first place to their own community.

The Foundation was set up in Warsaw on 4 September 2008 by a group of 26 representatives of the following law firms operating in Warsaw: Allen&Overy; Baker&McKenzie; Beiten Burkhardt; Chajec, Don-Siemion, Żyto; Clifford Chance; CMS Cameron McKenna; Dewey&LeBoeuf; DLA Piper; Domański Zakrzewski Palinka; Drzewiecki, Tomaszek i Wspólnicy; Gessel; Gide Loyrette Nouel; Hogan&Hartson; Linklaters; Lovells; Magnusson; Noerr Stiefenhofer Lutz; Norton Rose; Salans; Sołtysiński, Kawecki & Szlęzak; Squire Sanders; Wardyński i Wspólnicy; Weil, Gotshal&Manges; White&Case; Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr; and Wierzbowski Eversheds.

On 28 November 2008 „Prawo do Pomocy” Foundation was formally awarded the status of an organisation for the public good, which allows the Foundation, its supporters and some of its beneficiaries to benefit from certain tax privileges.

„Prawo do Pomocy” Foundation was set up by lawyers to help people in the legal community in the broad sense – lawyers, law students and their close family – who find themselves in a difficult personal or financial situation, in particular because of illness, disability or other accidents of fate.

The Foundation operates in the following areas:

  • assistance for lawyers struggling with illness, disability or other accidents of fate, who despite adversity are striving to begin practising again;
  • assistance for lawyers and their close family, who because of some tragedy find themselves in a difficult personal situation;
  • assistance for disabled persons who are trying to study law or practise as lawyers and are encountering difficulties because of their disability;
  • assistance for law students and prospective law students (including those who have been forced to give up their studies) from underprivileged families for whom access to law studies is impeded because of their financial situation;
  • assistance for law graduates with extraordinary knowledge, abilities or determination who are unable to continue professional training because of their difficult financial situation.

The Foundation’s aim is to liaise between those in need of assistance and those who are able and willing to provide that assistance. The initiative is open to all people of good will, regardless of which of the legal professions they practise or intend to practise in the future.

Terms of providing assistance

It is our ambition to assist in a way that is effective and as adjusted as much as possible to the needs of individual beneficiaries. Each case will be treated individually. The Foundation has no own capital, which is why the assistance it provides depends on the generosity of benefactors.

The Foundation is supposed to assist only those persons who have found themselves in a particularly difficult situation, therefore it is crucial that we determine what situation a given person is in and whether he/she needs assistance and what type.

Casual assistance and grants

Depending on the beneficiary’s needs, it may be possible for the Fundation to provide casual financial assistance, including assistance for a specific purpose.

We iintend to launch a regular grant programme in the near future, aimed at law students and lawyers undergoing professional training.

Assistance in kind

Depending on the possibilities and needs of our beneficiaries, we also organise assistance in kind.

How you can help

All those interested in supporting the Foundation, whether financially or organisationally, are requested to contact either Katarzyna Szymielewicz or Krzysztof Hajdamowicz of the Foundation’s Management Board. Our contact details are as follows:

Fundacja „Prawo do Pomocy”
Norway House
ul. Lwowska 19
00-660 Warsaw, Poland
tel. +48 22 627-11-77
fax: +48 22 627-14-66