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Effective Philanthropy

The idea of effective philanthropy is implicit in all the Foundation’s work. The philanthropy program is aimed at strengthening the capacity of foundation grantee and other non-profit organizations, building trust to charitable institutions, changing the philanthropy environment and developing a culture of giving in the country.


The program supports openness between and among foundations and grantees. It focuses on promotion of the endowment model in Russia, encouraging wider involvement of individuals and organizations in its development and stimulating professional growth of relevant staff, and introduction of effective fundraising technologies to the Russian third sector, contributing to its sustainability.


Program elements are adaptable to the changing context and include:

Making grant to Skolkovo School of Management to develop and modify the program on endowment formation and governance aimed at NGO specialists who work with endowments. The grant duration – up to 24 months for one program cycle. The program intake – once in 2 years.


Making grants to NGOs represented by fellows studying managing endowments at the Moscow School of Management to implement study related projects. Projects are developed and modified through the educational process. The total number of projects to be supported within the program cycle – up to 25. The individual project duration – up to 12 months, maximum grant amount – 300 000 rubles.


Making grants to NGOs to develop endowment knowledge hubs to promote endowment model across the regions, to support existing endowments through consultations, to conduct research, to build up the community of specialists. The minimum grant duration is 18 months, the maximum – 36 months. The maximum grant amount is 5 000 000 rubles. The maximum number of projects to be supported through one cycle – 5. Successful projects may receive additional funding. 


Making scholarships to NGO specialists to study at week-long Said Business School Executive program on Social Finance. The scholarship covers tuition fees, travel and accommodation. Fellows are selected by University of Oxford through the open call competition based on academic, professional and leadership qualifications. The scholarship would run for 3 years with annual intakes. The total number of fellows to be selected – 15, 5 fellows - each year.


Organizing and supporting annual Endowment forum to discuss key endowment related issues, to share and promote best Russian and international practices. Forum brings together endowment executives, experts, NGO specialists, researchers, financial managers. Forum is one day even followed by public lectures and workshops. Forum results to be published to be available to the bigger community.


Making grant to support Olga Alexeeva Memorial prize. Grant is given to Alliance that administers the prize.


Making grants to support the infrastructure of philanthropy in Russia and internationally. 2-3 grants are given annually. The grant duration is between 12 and 24 months.


Making grants to support research on endowments and philanthropy. 1-3 grants are given annually. The grant duration is between 12 and 36 months. The research results will be presented at the national and international conferences and other events, published on the Foundation website and specialized magazines and journals to be available to the public and professional community.


Organizing roundtables, discussions, online conferences, workshops, learning sessions, publications on the key issues related to philanthropy development, promotion of philanthropy and culture of giving, participation in joint activities with other foundations to increase impact.


Success Stories

  • Maria Bulygina

    In 2012 Maria Bulygina applied for the Endowment Growth Strategy Program announced by the Foundation and won the competition becoming a Program’s participant

  • 3 july 2020
    Common Cause: Third Round Results

    The Competition Expert Council has identified 19 winners: 7 winners in the “NGO. Going Agile” nomination and 12 in the “Museums. Culture. The New Form” nomination.

  • 11 june 2020
    Being Systemic

    The Foundation supports best practices in the non-profit sector

  • 10 june 2020
    Common Cause: Second Round Results

    Winners Announced in the Second Round of the Common Cause Competition

  • 11 may 2020
    Common Cause: First Round Results

    We are pleased to announce the results of the first round in the Common Cause grant competition, designed to provide urgent support to the non-profit sector and cultural field for overcoming the ongoing crisis