[GRI FS16] Since 2016, the Bank Millennium Foundation has carried out the “Financial ABCs” project. It is a proprietary financial education program for kindergarten-age children run under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Education and the Ombudsman for Children’s Rights. It has been developed by Bank Millennium employees in collaboration with a non-governmental organization. Its objective is to explain to these young children some basic financial concepts through fun and games. During the workshops organized in kindergartens, children learn the basic financial terms: what money is and how its value is measured, what an ATM and a credit card is, what is the difference between a need and a desire and why it pays to save. The classes are done by volunteers, Bank Millennium employees.
So far six editions of the program have been organized. Overall, nearly 53,000 children from approximately 630 preschools across Poland have received instruction during nearly 2200 workshops. Special educational materials in the form of books were put together for the program whose main character is Sebastian. There are also booklets for coloring and stickers. Parents – Bank Millennium employees helped create these materials. These books are also available in children’s corners in the Bank’s branches.
In 2019, the “Financial ABCs” received the first prize in the “Golden Banker” competition in the “Socially Sensitive Bank” category, which is a confirmation of its importance for education and for the society.
For more than 10 years, the Bank’s employees have been executing and getting involved in various charitable and educational campaigns across Poland, often in cooperation with non-governmental organizations.
The most important volunteerism program is “Millantrop” run by the Bank Millennium Foundation. It is a grant contest for Bank Millennium employees, which rewards the best social campaigns. So far, more than 500 volunteers took part in the initiatives financed by the grant program and they carried out programs for several thousand beneficiaries. Bank employees have been involved in diverse projects, from repair work to education to environmental projects. The volunteers renovated school rooms and a playground next to an orphanage, renovated a common room in a children’s hospital, made a play area in an animal shelter or even built a school sports pitch. The volunteers also conducted financial education workshops for seniors, promoted reading and encouraged young people to participate in sports activities and adopt a healthy lifestyle. They carried out a campaign for an animal shelter and planted a forest.
Projects in the Bank Millennium Foundation’s grant contest in 2016-2019
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In 2019, employees of Bank Millennium and of the former Euro Bank became involved in the charitable campaign entitled “Our People 3: Together to the Moon”. It consisted in engaging in sporting activities, adding up the kilometers traveled, and together “walking” the distance between the Earth and the Moon. For each kilometer traveled by an employee, Bank Millennium donated PLN 1 for social goals – for the beneficiaries of the I Have a Dream Foundation and the DKMS Foundation and for grants awarded in the “Millentrop” contest for the best volunteer projects. The “Our People 3” campaign was attended by more than 1,250 people and over PLN 380 thousand was donated for public causes. The campaign was accompanied by numerous competitions that supported the integration of teams from both banks.
[GRI FS16] Bank volunteers also participate in BAKCYL, the youth financial education program. Bank employees visit schools and conduct a cycle of lessons, which is a compendium of knowledge on finance for young people who are embarking on their journey into adulthood. The project was attended by 71 Bank Millennium volunteers, who conducted 352 lessons from several voivodships in Poland.