Notes from Poland

About the company

Founded in 2014 in Kraków by Stanley Bill, Notes from Poland started as a social-media service providing news summaries and insights about Poland. It grew into a leading independent English-language news source, gaining popularity on Facebook and Twitter.
The website, launched in 2019, was recognized by the Financial Times in 2021. It is published by the Notes from Poland Foundation, a registered NGO in Poland.


Influential offers its broad range of technology services on a pro-bono basis for small yet valuable projects for NFPs and NGOs internationally, sourcing such opportunities via Tech to the Rescue – a platform that connects technology companies like Influential to nonprofits organisations around the world.

The Challenge

Given the only source of funding for Notes from Poland is its readers’ donations, the challenge at hand was to use modern technology to be able to increase the flow of funding by developing an improved and secure monthly recurring donation facility.

The Solution

Influential  was able to develop and integrate a new, all-in-one donation process whereby a simple, new workflow has better enabled readers to commit to monthly donations. Within two months, Notes from Poland saw a 414% increase in its funding via donations, thus securing its short-term future and enabling it to continue to provide its crucial independent news source.

Key Results


Increase in Monthly Donation compared to previous system


Our new reader donation box created by Influential Software on a pro bono basis streamlined the payment process with a new clear, intuitive, fast and user-friendly system that also added the entirely new function of monthly (rather than just one-off) contributions.

Since we launched the new donation box, the average monthly amount we receive in support from readers has increased by 414% compared to our previous system.

Working with Influential Software has been a fantastic experience for our small non-profit media foundation. They provided the kind of expertise that we would never normally be able to afford. The tech solutions they implemented have helped us boost our reader donations over fivefold

The matching of Influential Software and Notes From Poland via Tech To The Rescue resulted in introducing a new donation feature that directly increased donations for this non-profit initiativeThanks to the helpfulness of the wonderful Influential Software team and their quick response to the request, Notes From Poland was able to open a new funding channel to continue its great mission

Natalia Gruszczyńska-Dziewulska



26th February 2024