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Our Team - Krištof

07/05/2021
Krištof, what is your position in the company? I currently perform two functions in Purple Technology - I am a team leader of the Global Operations team and, within the FinTech department, I take care of the technical side of our partners' business infrastructure (it sounds complicated and difficult to explain, I know:)). Simply put, I try to lead people and at the same time solve technical problems associated with our clients' servers and systems. How did you get into charity work and are you proud of any accomplishments in this area? From an early age, I was led by my parents to help people who are worse-off than me or have different kinds of problems that I can help them deal with. It was, therefore, a natural thing for me and I try to keep it up as an adult, too - I firmly believe that it will last until the end of my days, because it gives me a sense of fulfillment. I don't know if accomplishments is the right word here - for me, success is when I manage to help people wherever and whenever needed. The deeds themselves do not have to be heroic at all - oftentimes even insignificant things or details have a great effect for and a huge meaning to the other party. What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time I like to do sports, I read about various interesting things worldwide, I study, I like to go to nature and spend time with friends. When I need to relax after a hard day, I prefer to play some music, play the guitar and sing in the shower, which is the ultimate way to unwind for me. What is your role in and what are you looking forward to in Purple Foundation this year? Like some of my other colleagues in the Foundation, I look for and collect ideas for new projects where we as an organization can help from people around me and maintain relationships with projects that are already under our wings. This year, I have been most pleased about the fact that we started helping inwards as well, i.e. our colleagues. I am also very happy about the Dům pro Julii project who managed to gain financial support of the city of Brno. What are your personal life projects you have planned for the foreseeable future? I would like to do about a million things, but, unfortunately, I don't have that much spare time. Of the short-term goals, I would definitely like to fulfill my dream and visit one of the Nordic countries I have not been to yet. I would also like participate in the Fjällräven Classic trek, so we'll see when the current covid situation allows it. A super short-term project is to finally have a beer in a beer garden.:)

Our Team - Dana

28/04/2021
Dana, what is your position in the company? I am the Purple Foundation coordinator, meaning I take care (with my amazing PuFo team) of its projects, events and workshops, cooperation with our whole Purple Team, spreading awareness of many issues, social media and much more. Sometimes I get to take a picture with a giant cheque, pet assistant dogs or do an interview with myself. :) How did you get into charity work? I have been raised up to help others since I can remember, but I started being initiative during my university studies. I taught children from disadvantaged social background, collected waste from natural sites, volunteered in a dog shelter, organized collections for shelters, etc. Helping others is as natural to me as breathing and I have my wonderful mum to thank for that.  What do you like to do in your free time? I love literature, dancing in the privacy of my flat, taking care of my plants, spending time with my wonderful friends, doing embroidery, taking care of animals, I love cable cars and beautiful views and, of course, watching my guilty pleasure series on Netflix, which currently means Glee and Bridgerton. What are you looking forward to in Purple Foundation this year? The project I was looking forward to most was probably an EDU Session about living with depression for our colleagues and some of our friends from other organizations. It is beautiful to watch the impact it had on the viewers. Other things are finally visiting a reading of Mezi Námi, where senior people get to read, talk and craft with kindergarten children. I also wish to visit our friend organizations in Prague that I haven’t seen in a long time or see which educational projects we support this year. I can’t wait to see our new website we are planning. There are just too many projects to name and plenty of amazing things on the schedule for us.  What are your personal life projects you have planned for the foreseeable future? I have been focusing mostly on improving my mental and physical health, which is going to be a long road, but so worth it! I would like to stop shopping uncontrollably, which has become my number one hobby during quarantine, I want to go to nature more often, cook more often and take more dogs for walks. 

Our Team - Lenka

22/04/2021
Lenka, what is your position in the company? I'm in charge of payment methods integration for our partners. It is a very complex area, and so I need to understand banking, product / project management and compliance. There is not a week when I don't learn something new. How did you get into charity work? I don’t remember the particular moment, but the main impulse was great upbringing in my family. I managed to arrange financial support for an organization called Cesta domů (Way home; an organization offering professional care to people with terminal diseases and their loved ones), which is my favorite non-profit organization whose activity I admire.  What do you like to do in your free time? I am a culture enthusiast, so I'm most happy at concerts, exhibitions, or cinema. I like to mix city life with trips to the nature and almost all my leisure time activities are accompanied by good food and beer. What are you in charge of at Purple Foundation and what are you looking forward to at Purple Foundation this year? I am looking for new projects for the foundation. Last year, we financially supported a new car purchase for Cesta domů and I am looking forward to seeing it drive around decorated with our logo. What are your personal life projects you have planned in the near future? I would like to improve my driving skills and learn to pickle sauerkraut using my grandmother's recipe.

A young man's journey from Purple to BUDDY program

26/02/2021
In Purple Foundation, who has the same founders as other Purple companies (see  https://www.purple-technology.com/ for more info), we decided to let their employees vote for a charity Christmas donation at the end of 2020. They chose the BUDDY program that helps children in institutional care. The kids build long-term relationships with volunteers who make it easier for them to start their lives after leaving the institutional care. The program was introduced to us by Ivan Sakin – a person that helps with its development. I was surprised that Ivan had a common past with the founders of the Purple Foundation, so I decided to introduce his story and the BUDDY program itself. Ivan, how did you find yourself in the Purple team at the very beginning? I studied at the NEWTON College, the alma mater of the founders of the Purple team. When I found out that they were starting the first joint project of a brokerage company, I saw it as a great opportunity to establish something with truly skilled people. It was an exceptional experience to participate in building a great corporate culture. Afterwards you decided to teach at a primary school in eastern Slovakia, which is quite a radical decision. How did this idea come to life? I found out that the Teach for Slovakia program was being launched, which is the local version of  a worldwide program where young people are applying to teach at an elementary school for two years. They have to make the most of their skills, gain experience and try to improve the education system. I was really excited about it and gained the courage to join the program, because I knew that the hardest part would be the start. Schools from socially disadvantaged backgrounds are mostly selected for the program. I taught Roma children aged 11-15 in Dobšiná (a small Slovak town with a population of circa 6 000), where half of them lived in settlements and the other half in shanks in the town. Is pedagogy something you had inclined to before? Not at all, it was a huge challenge for me and I was really scared (laughs). I knew, however, I had the experience of starting a brokerage company with global ambitions, where I had learned a ton. This gave me the confidence that I could manage in a different area as well. The fact that it was just starting was a challenge for me and I wanted to help. Were there moments when you wanted to leave Dobšiná or the whole program? I'm quite persistent and the last thing I wanted to do was to leave, but there were a few moments when I wondered whether I can finish the program. Sometimes I was extremely exhausted, however, we formed a strong bond with the children and I promised them I would persevere until the end. What are your proudest moments from this stage of your life? Perhaps the most touching were the moments when the children praised me. When they thanked me or told me that I was like their father, that they respected me and they loved me very much for what I was doing for them. Sometimes I couldn't help but cry. These were the strongest moments that gave me the energy when I could no longer go on.  What do you consider to be the biggest issue in the Slovak education system? For many years, education has been generally neglected. If we want the best educators to teach, we must also be able to motivate them so that they can afford it in the long run. We lack talented youth in the education system - where there is talent, people can get inspired and level up.  What was your path to the BUDDY program?   After two years of teaching, I returned to Bratislava and joined a start-up called Slido. At the same time, Progressive Slovakia, which I evaluated as the most meaningful socio-political start-up in Slovakia was established and I decided to join in. I was in charge of volunteers, members and building the structures of the movement from the ground up. After some time, I met Laci Kossár (founder of the BUDDY program). I knew Laci understood how to build something solid. He experienced success and wanted to share it. He cares a lot about children. I have experienced how difficult it is to lose a parent at an early age and I can understand, at least in part, how difficult it must be to grow up without a family. Joining the program was a bit like a band-aid for my soul - I felt that I was really helping someone again. What were the beginnings like? The BUDDY program has been up and running for almost fifteen years now and is one of high quality and impact on children's lives. I had to learn a lot about its works and the best ways to really help children from institutional care. Like most non-profit projects, this one is fuelled by donations from individual donors and companies. The most important for the program's growth are regular donations, as supporting children must also be stable and long-term. The more financial resources the program has, the more children we can help, so I started focusing on building relationships with new donors.  Why should people support your project, why is it exceptional? It's always about people. Laci and his team are building the BUDDY program to be sustainable, measurable and have a real impact. Everything is done thoughtfully and from their hearts. Feedback from children and volunteers is regularly collected. Research is also underway in collaboration with a US university and the Slovak Academy of Sciences to determine the program's real impact on children's future in the long term. How can you prevent the BUDDY volunteers from forming too strong an emotional attachment?  We have high-quality psychologists who are in touch with our volunteers every month. Their relationship with the children is limited - they spend a few hours once a week together, during which the children's home and psychologist know where they are going and what they are doing. The strength of the friendship depends on each pair, but first and foremost, there must be trust. The longest friendship I know of has been 10 years in the making and the 26-year-old boy and his BUDDY have become friends for life. However, a BUDDY does not have to support the child financially - they can sometimes treat them to something, but the child should return the favour. When a child gets into trouble, the volunteer does not try to resolve the situation directly, but teaches them how to do it. Does it ever happen that the BUDDY volunteer and the child simply don't click? There are very few such cases, because we try to assign a volunteer to a child through a very thorough process. They both have to agree with the match. If they really don't click, we find a replacement for the volunteer. Sometimes it can take a few weeks or months for a child to let the BUDDY volunteer into their world. The longest case we experienced was when the child did not speak for 6 months, but still wanted to meet up. After half a year, they finally started talking and behaved friendly; the volunteer was thrilled. Their child suddenly gave them their trust and it was a huge victory. How are the volunteers prepared for the first meeting with their kid? Can you describe the process? The volunteer goes through a selection process where they learn how the program works. Then they are trained to know what to expect and what problems the child may face. It is also important to prepare them not to experience enormous joy in the beginning, as building trust takes time. The whole process from registration to the meeting takes three to six months. The first meeting takes place in the children's home and is accompanied by a coordinator-psychologist who mediates it. It can either be a short meeting, or the pair start talking and bonding right away. The BUDDY volunteers know what to expect and are ready for it. It is both fear and joy. Is their time together planned according to the child's interests? We are trying to match the children with their volunteers so that they have some hobbies in common. Usually, they go for a walk first, talk and find out what the child likes doing and whether there is anything the BUDDY is interested in that the child could enjoy as well. I guess I wouldn't be too successful with my composting and embroidery, would I? You never know! On the contrary, for the child, the time spent together is so precious that they are oftentimes just happy to be involved. What is the thing you are the proudest of in the scope of your work? Doing something that can change or improve another person's life. Sometimes we don't fully realize how lucky we are that we grew up in families, that we have the background and parents who support us. Ending up in institutional care could have easily happened to anybody. Talking to people and them realizing it is a huge progress itself. Being able to empathize with someone who is struggling more than us.  

2020 in Purple Foundation

25/12/2020
The whole world seems to have come to a standstill in this strange and challenging year. Everything suddenly changed and so did our plans and expectations, but we did not give up. Our Purple Foundation team rolled up their (pyjama) sleeves and set out to help where help was needed! We focused on both organizations that dealt with the course and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and other amazing charity pursuits. This year, we have been lucky enough to:  donate a sum of over 3 000 000 Kč  help more than 25 organizations and individuals  collect enough clothing, hygiene items and food to provide for dozens of people without their own homes and seen and heard more than 20 suggestions from our purple colleagues & friends on where to help.  Who were our chosen organizations and what causes did we support? See below!:) Fakultní nemocnice u sv. Anny v Brně Sum donated: 319 440 Kč The faculty hospital of St Anne was activated as one of the few in the Czech Republic where the gravest causes of COVID-19 were treated. We are happy to say we were able to support them with a purchase of eight videolaryngoscopes which are machines that help monitor the speed and accuracy of intubation with affected patients, and thus making it less risky for the doctors or nurses to get infected by the virus.  We want to thank the hospital staff for being so amazing and brave during the pandemic, they deserve our huge respect!  Find out more here . Nemocnice Milosrdných bratří, příspěvková organizace Sum donated: 181 193 Kč The same praise goes to the amazing collective of doctors, nurses and all the other hard-working staff in the Brothers of Charity Hospital in Brno.  As all the hospitals deserve to have all the help to take care of their patients available, we decided to purchase an AIRVO 2 Nasal High Flow machine. It is used for the treatment of spontaneously breathing patients who would benefit from receiving high flow warmed and humidified respiratory gases.  Find out more here . #ktopomôžeslovensku Sum donated: 104 819 Kč  A wonderful group of people in Slovakia who joined forces to donate as much as possible to those most affected by COVID-19.  We were happy to donate €4000 to this organization, who have provided masks, gloves, respirators, disinfection, thermometers and other essential items to more than 1800 facilities!  Find out more here . AGAPI Limassol Sum donated: 104 819 Kč  We didn’t only help in Czechia, but reached out and supported a Cypriot organization as well! AGAPI is supporting those in dire need of financial help – mostly impoverished families and individuals. The main source of their income is their Charity shop which was closed due to the coronavirus.  The organization delivered cooked food, dry food, such as rice, pasta, oil, tomato puree, beans, etc., helping as many as 1000 people a month!  Find out more here . Potravinová banka pro Brno a Jihomoravský kraj, z.s. Sum donated: 50 000 Kč  We are always quick to support a project that solves more than one issue and connects people from various charity backgrounds!  Such is the Food collecion program in Brno and South-moravian region. Their aim is to collect unwanted food that is still in perfect condition through FoodBoxes in supermarkets, store it and then distribute it to organizations working with impoverished and socially disadvantaged people. They cooperate with some of our favourite organizations as well, so it was a no-brainer to donate to their cause! Find out more here . Nový Prostor, o.s. Sum donated: 60 000 Kč An organization giving people without their own homes a chance to get back on their feet and teach them some employment skills through selling a quality magazine.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of sold copies plummeted. Thus, the affected people lost the possibility of paying for a night in a dormitory, medicine, food, and other necessities. Donating a sum of 60 000 Kč, we helped them to partially cover the necessary costs.  Find out more here . Mezi námi, o.p.s. Sum donated: 255 000 Kč We have been supporting the organization's reading program between seniors and kindergarten children for two years and enabled them to start connecting these two age groups in Brno and create a social platform beneficial for all the people involved . We were so delighted by the Fairytale program they developed during the pandemic times. Mezi Námi has asked children from all around the country to draw their favourite fairytales and sent their drawings to seniors in senior centres and here is the result! Find out more here . Zajíček na koni, o.p.s. Sum donated: 30 000 Kč Walking alongside the riverside of Vltava in Prague, why not get some coffee at a café that helps people with a handicap get employed! Purple Foundation is a proud supporter of Café AdAstra, a lovely eatery run by organization Zajíček na koni, o.p.s. The 39 employees with a handicap work in the kitchen, behind the bar and as waiters.  Besides handmade souvenirs from the organization, you can enjoy here some fine French and Czech wines and beer! The gift from the Foundation helps them finance their staff. Find out more here . ParaCENTRUM Fenix, z. s. Sum donated: 400 000 Kč The organization helps spinal cord-injured (SCI) people and their families make a safe return to an active life and they have been our trusted partner organization for a long time. The Foundation has decided to support their client rehabilitation program and organization of a recondition stay in Březejc with a sum of 400 000 Kč. Kudos to every person working for Fenix that creates a safe space that is there for people in need!  Find out more here . Cesta domů, z.ú. Sum donated: 100 000 Kč So many people deal with the need to take care of their terminally ill relatives and loved ones and they are definitely a group of those who need help. Therefore, we decided to support the home hospice Cesta domů, z.ú. that focuses on the often taboo theme of dying. It is a group of professionals who provide education on the topic, lend the tools needed to care for the long-term sick at home and run the hospice and community center themselves.  This time, our donation helped them purchase a car which makes their work much easier!  Find out more here . SOS dětské vesničky, z.s. Sum donated: 200 000 Kč We are so happy   to support the amazing organization SOS Dětské vesničky! They help children at risk and their families, providing anything from food and other everyday necessities, psychological and social help to organizing summer camps.  Helping these families means preparing the children for their future and offering them possibilities for their growth, education and happiness - which is one of the goals we are aiming for in the foundation!  Find out more here . Dům pro Julii, z.ú. Sum donated: 100 000 Kč Taking care of and dealing with the loss of a terminally ill child is something unimaginable for most of us but, unfortunately, there are families for whom this situation is a reality. We have decided to donate 100 000 Kč to support the social and therapeutic work of the organization in individual families during the corona crisis.  Not only are the children taken care of, the organization also navigates the tough process of dealing with and mourning the loss for the family.  Hospicová péče sv. Kleofáše, o.p.s. Sum donated: 50 000 Kč In the area of hospice care, we have chosen the amazing Hospice of St Kleofáš. Why this one in particular? The hospice cares about their clients and their families directly in their homes, where they can be surrounded by their familiar environment and loved ones. The organization also have a network of volunteers, psychologists ready to help and a place to borrow compensatory aids. All in all, they offer quality and complex care. The sum will help them purchase a car for one of their caretakers.  Find out more here . Společnost E Sum donated: 129 000 Kč  An organization that has been supporting people with epilepsy since 1990 and their main goal is integrating them into society. They have established their own workshop Aranžérie, where they employ them and create beautiful flower decorations and arrangements. We have decided to support the organization by purchasing a car that helps them deliver their decorations and also managed to support the workshop itself. This year, we even organized a moss frame workshop together and will definitely do it again!  Find out more here . Společnost pro ranou péči, pobočka Brno Sum donated: 20 000 Kč Every year, our Purple group get a chance to vote for organizations that caught their hearts during the year and pick one whose support would make them the happiest.  This year, the winning organization was Společnost pro ranou péči. They help families with children who are born with a disability or endangered development - the parents are then more ready and comfortable in their kids' upbringing. Let's see whom the purple colleagues choose next year!  Find out more here . Liga vozíčkářů z. ú. Sum donated: 140 000 Kč Just like paraCENTRUM Fenix, Liga vozíčkářů is taking care of wheelchair users. They offer amazing opportunities for them to socialize and share their experiences. One of them is Barka theater in Brno which is built to accommodate wheelchair users - both actors, audience and integrated theatre groups from the whole republic. During the pandemic times, they have been unable to finance the theatre, as well as their physiotherapy services. Our donation helped them keep both projects running! Find out more here . VODICÍ PES, z.s. Sum donated: 100 000 Kč Everyone, meet Caira - an assistant-to-be puppy whose training we decided to financially support! She is going to become a guide dog for blind or visually impaired people and her training is taking place in an open prison Jiřice under their special program. We want to wholeheartedly thank the Vodicí pes, z. s. organization forgiving us an opportunity to support such a beautiful idea and we cannot wait to see all the help our Purple pupper will offer!   Find out more here . DOBRÝ ANDĚL, nadace Sum donated: 400 000 Kč According to our Purple values, we hand-pick individual, local projects that we feel happy to support. There is one amazing exception, though, and that has been from the very start Dobrý anděl, an organization who helps families affected by serious illnesses. Our financial support of the organization has already improved lives of 97 families and counting! We are 100% sure that they will make an informed decision and divide the money fairly among families who need it the most. Find out more here . Purple group helps Our colleagues are amazing.  They are involved in a huge number of charity causes. They are not shy to approach Purple Foundation about any project they consider important and see if there could be anything done. They ask questions, appreciate the effort and, most importantly, they are always quick to join us on any community-helping adventures! This year, even though we have been working from home most of the time, was no different. See what we were up to below! Komunita Sant´ Egidio As is our yearly tradition, our Purple colleagues went out of their way to provide for people without their own homes again! The community is collecting all necessary items for them, such as tinned food, hygiene items, clothes, sleeping bags, duvets, etc. and then helps distribute them and support people without homes whose situation got even worse during the COVID-19 pandemic.  I want to thank everyone who decided to support the cause by donating - we managed to collect quite a pile this year!  Find out more here . Klinika dětské onkologie, Brno Purple Foundation is also about inspiring and getting inspired by our Purple family members! We are happy to share our workspace with an amazing young woman, who not only fought and won her difficult battle, but wished to help others as well. Our colleague decided to help the Children's oncology department in Brno by donating three wigs from the time she had needed them. The wigs will help several lucky girls to feel more confident and beautiful while gathering all their strength and courage to battle cancer. You are amazing! Find out more here . Noční běh pro Světlušku The team of Purple Foundation & families took some time out of their week day and ran the Run for Světluška in Brno in the dark! They were incredibly fast, sportsy and rewarded with quite a snack bar and a great feeling!  The fee will be used to support blind and visually impaired people. Thank you so much for attending and hope to see you or even more of us at the event next year!  And a huge thank you! To our purple friends, fans, our amazing Purple team and all the organizations. Seeing their never-ending and selfless efforts and acts is the reason we work hard and try to support charity cases as much as we can. Thanks to you we are inspired, in awe of all the good that is in people around us and hopeful for help, humanity and kindness.  Let us see more of those in 2021! Love,  Dana + Jakub + Krištof + Lenka 

Our help during the COVID-19 pandemic

19/08/2020
As the whole world seemed to come to a standstill for a couple of months, our Purple Foundation team rolled up their (pyjama) sleeves and set out to help where help was needed. We are so happy we managed to support these five carefully chosen organizations to directly deal with the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic:  Fakultní nemocnice u sv. Anny v Brně The faculty hospital of St Anne was activated as one of the few in the Czech Republic where the gravest causes of COVID-19 were treated. It was, therefore, our obvious first choice when it came to helping directly in medical facilities. The doctors, nurses, cleaning staff, and everyone in the hospital did a tremendous job dealing with the pandemics and we are happy to say we were able to support them with a purchase of eight videolaryngoscopes. Quite a big word, and we definitely needed an explanation when learning about them. A videolaryngoscope is, in short, a machine that helps monitor the speed and accuracy of intubation with affected patients, which makes it less risky for the doctors/nurses to get infected by the virus. They were put to good use and helped when needed, and knowing that is one of the best feelings our team in PuFo can have! Find out more at: https://iweb3.fnusa.cz/   Nový Prostor No one can deny the utmost importance of the Nový Prostor organization – giving people without their own homes a chance to get back on their feet and teach them some employment skills through selling a quality magazine is a beautiful and selfless job. I believe that many of us have their favourite seller, however, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of sold copies plummeted. Thus, the affected people without homes lost the possibility of paying for a night in a centre, medicine, food, and other necessities. Donating a sum of 30 000 Kč we helped them to partially cover the necessary costs. We wholeheartedly support and admire the activities of Nový Prostor and were happy to see that now everyone has an option to support their favourite seller directly – if interested, check out their website! Find out more at: http://novyprostor.cz/   Mezi Námi We have been a long-time fans of Mezi Námi, an organization that joins groups of seniors and children for activities such as drawing, reading, cooking, etc. Besides financially supporting their reading program for two years, which made it possible to start connecting these two age groups in Brno, we were moved and delighted by the Fairytale program they developed during the pandemic times. Mezi Námi has asked children from all around the country to draw their favourite fairytales and sent their drawings to seniors in senior centres who couldn’t meet their families and loved ones. More than 30 000 drawings and greetings from the little ones sure made many of them happy and less lonely, and that’s why we were quick to support this project as well! Find out more at: https://www.mezi-nami.cz/pohadka-pro-radost   #ktopomôžeslovensku A wonderful group of people in Slovakia who joined forces to donate as much as possible to those most affected by COVID-19. We were happy to donate €4000 to this organization, who have provided masks, gloves, respirators, disinfection, thermometers and other essential items to more than 1800 facilities! Besides that, their website is a great source of self-help techniques and advice for anyone affected by social, physical or mental difficulties during the pandemic.  Find out more at: https://www.ktopomozeslovensku.sk/ AGAPI We didn’t only help in Czechia, but reached out and supported a Cypriot organization as well! AGAPI is supporting those in dire need of financial help – mostly impoverished families and individuals. The main source of their income is their Charity shop which was closed due to the coronavirus. The organization delivered cooked food, dry food, such as rice, pasta, oil, tomato puree, beans, etc. They also helped the poorest of the community who are not entitled to any help with medicine and baby diapers, female hygiene products and soaps. Together they helped circa 1000 people a month and we are happy to enable them to do so with our donation!  Find out more at: https://agapi.org.cy/  

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