ABOUT US – This is how we emerged
The Society for Promotion of Financial Education of Gdynia was established in 1997. The promoters of the idea was a group of credit union leaders who developed the society’s objectives, adopted the articles and, on 2th June, 1997, filed an application with the court to register the organisation. The idea to create SPFE stemmed from a belief, based on an everyday practice, that it is worthwhile to take up training activities aimed at disseminating knowledge about financial instruments and markets. The Society was successfully entered in the register of societies of the National Court Register and became a legal entity. On February 25, 2005, the Society was entered in the list of Public Benefit Organisations. SPFE is a Polish representative of European Consumer Debt Network, an international organisation affiliated at the European Union, where institutions aiming at counteracting overidebtedness of the societies of our continent are associated.
How to Become an SPFE Member
- A supporting member of SPFE can be an individual, upon declaring his/her will to join the Society by filing a member’s declaration and paying member’s fee, subject to par. 3.
- legal entity is accepted into membership of the Society, as a supporting member, by a resolution adopted by the Managament Board, upon filing a member’s declaration and paying member’s fee.
- Minors, below 16 years of age, and other persons having limited capacity to perform legal transactions can become members of the Society, their statutory representatives consenting.
The member’s fee is nowadays PLN 4 annually.
The objectives of the Society for Promotion of Financial Education include:
- – initiating, conducting and supporting actions for the sake of financial education,
- – consumer protection,
- – aid to consumers,
- – promotion of employment and bringing those jobless and threatened with redundancies back to the labour market,
- – development of contacts and cooperation between communities,
- – promotion and organisation of volunteer work,
- – social and vocational reintegration,
- – financial education,
- – charity activities.
The Society’s objectives, as resulting from its articles, are pursued via:
- – non-school-based forms of education,
- – lectures and symposiums arranged to promote ideas of the Society,
- – initiation and arrangement of various forms of aid to cultural, educational and scientific organisations, as well as organisations aimed at promotion of financial education,
- – cooperation with agencies of governmental and local administration and with national and foreign institutions whose objectives are concurrent with the Society’s objectives,
- – consulting and assistance in matters of organization and finance, as well as training of members and other entities taking interest in the Society’s activities,
- – dissemination of forms of amicable adjustment of financial disputes by promotion and conducting of:
a. consumer arbitration,
b. conciliatory proceedings and amicable settlements,
- – promotion and arrangement of volunteer work,
- – public collection of funds for training, health-related, cultural, social and care needs,
- – support to institutions preventing social exclusion,
- – financial support to children and young people in gaining education, based on a separate Scholarship Fund.