'The Community of the Foundation is measured by the scale of the country'
In 2019, the Foundation celebrated its anniversary. What results did this year yield?
We began the year with a celebration, which not only gave us many exciting meetings with our partners and grantees, but also an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved over the past 20 years. This year, we continued implementing the strategic vision we adopted at the end of 2016, although the anniversary has given this process a new emphasis. For example, we have found that the unique users of our portal, the number of which is more than 50,000 people, include representatives from all regions of Russia. In other words, the community of the Foundation is measured by the scale of the country!
On one of my last business trips, I happened to visit the Radio Rossii radio station in Chelyabinsk. I was pleasantly surprised not only to find the winner of our Iskusny Glagol competition Semyon Tatyanchenko working there but also by the fact that the host of the program had firsthand knowledge of the Foundation's programs since her husband is also one of our fellows.
This is why we seek to take into account the needs of this large community when planning our activities. For example, this year's Foundation School was held in an experimental format: its participants were given an opportunity to propose their own vision of future Schools and social initiatives of the Foundation.
Regarding our plans, we will continue to provide leaders with opportunities to realize themselves creatively, developing our communication with them and promoting their expertise, which, incidentally, is becoming progressively more sought-after. For instance, this year, the competition winners of the Effective Philanthropy program were invited by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan to share their knowledge in establishing and developing endowment funds. Another interesting case is the Tver Association of Potanin Fellows, founded by former Potanin fellows, which became the operator of our new Practices of Individual Giving & Volunteering competition.
This year, the Foundation launched two new programs: Impact & Learning and the Center for Philanthropy Development. Can you speak of any results yet?
These two huge undertakings are very important to us. It is too early to speak of global results, but we have already achieved a number of intermediate results.
Impact and Learning is closely linked to other programs of the Foundation. It was created, among other things, in order to disseminate the best practices of program graduates. As part of the program, the cases of our grantees have already been presented at several specialized platforms and included in the catalog published by the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. In addition, we held our very first seminar for Foundation staff and competition operators. It was conceived in order to search for new formats of interaction that would help us find the best practices and communicate them to a wide audience. Over the course of the year, we were engaged in improving and simplifying internal procedures to make our team operate as efficiently as possible. These three directions — improving procedures, searching and disseminating best practices and conducting training courses — are the basis of Impact & Learning, and the initial results of all three of them are already visible.
Establishing the Center for Philanthropy Development was the latest step in the implementation of our philanthropy development strategy in Russia. We see its main goal not in generating academic knowledge, but rather in searching for applied meanings. The Center for Philanthropy Development is an intellectual hub that introduces the Russian non-profit sector to the best international practices and integrates it into the global professional community. For instance, this year, the Center, jointly with the European Foundation Centre, implemented the Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe exchange program for leaders of philanthropic sectors in Russia and other countries. This program has revealed the need for Russian and foreign NGOs to share experience and knowledge and has shown that philanthropic sectors of different countries have much more in common than we tend to believe.
In Russia, this year was dubbed the Year of Theater; the Foundation launched a joint project with the Golden Mask festival and the Institute of Theater. Are you satisfied with the results of this initiative?
I consider this project to be very successful, as it gave us an opportunity to work with an important and interesting trend: integration of theater practices in the work of museums. The THEATRUM 2019 project has confirmed the existence of a demand for mutual transformation and complementarity of theaters and museums, and has also demonstrated the interest of the professional community and spectators in partnership initiatives. This project was a bold experiment for both us and the Institute of Theater, the educational project of the Golden Mask festival. We are delighted that we decided to go with it, as it established a synergy between essentially different organizations and launched the discussion of new promising formats for multidisciplinary cooperation.
Is it safe to say that the competition of museum volunteers was conceived with the same logic?
I think so, yes. The competition of museum volunteers was a response to the rapidly developing interaction between museums and their visitors. Its results have shown that volunteering at museums can unite very different people and provide each of them with an opportunity to realize themselves, both creatively and professionally. Not many competitions in Russia are aimed at supporting specialized volunteers, and we were pleased to express public gratitude to the people who help museums implement interesting projects on a voluntary basis. And the popularity of the competition has reaffirmed our desire to hold it again.
Programs of the Foundation are changing, developing, and expanding. But what happens within the Foundation itself?
If an organization seeks to scale its activities and be innovative, it inevitably has to change. This year, our team has grown significantly, and a considerable number of new employees are young specialists who have brought new competencies to the work of the Foundation.
As we grew, we began to pay more attention to the organization of internal business processes and employee training. For the first time, not only did we discuss these processes, but we also visualized them. This was done in order to make all of our team members understand how decisions are made and who to ask if they have any questions. The Foundation has also become a host to a series of training courses, aimed at solving specific objectives. These courses were organized both by the internal staff and with the involvement of external specialists.
This spring, the Foundation launched a new website that transformed our format of communication with external audiences. Now it is much easier for users to find the information they need: the site map is intuitive, and the articles are written in a simple, non-bureaucratic language. The website has allowed us to become even more open by publishing a database of different years' grantees, which we continue to update and expand. The internal portal for submitting applications keeps developing as well. We seek to technically improve the grant management system so that the process of submitting, assessing and responding to applications becomes as convenient for applicants, experts and competition winners as possible.
Our work is based on a code of ethics, which we also adopted this year. Incidentally, the development of the code of ethics was a rather unique situation: a request for it came from within the team, and we wrote its provisions together.
What indicators can be used to assess the success of the team or the Foundation itself?
Any quantitative indicators are a double-edged sword since they are unlikely to answer questions related to the quality of the Foundation's work. We certainly track the number of regions, applicants, winners, applications containing plagiarism, etc. These indicators indirectly characterize the results of our work, but are hardly capable of answering the more global question: is the work of the Foundation successful, as a whole? For example, is it a success or a failure, if the number of strong projects is not sufficient enough and the Foundation has allocated fewer resources than planned?
KPIs are ambiguous, and we should probably discuss not them, but rather the criteria and indicators that allow us to judge the effectiveness of the Foundation. These include the Foundation's reputation and attitude of grantees towards it, especially those who did not receive a grant. In addition, they also include the quality of our events and the interest of the professional communities in them. Finally, there is also the ability of our team to capture trends, be flexible and solve their objectives, despite various difficulties and constraints. In my opinion, these are some of the most important indicators.
What projects and events of this year are particularly noteworthy?
I would like to highlight new projects that reaffirm the readiness of the Foundation to change and innovate. They include the play Kind People, which has become a part of NFPO Profi, our large joint project with the Social Information Agency, dedicated to communicating the potential for self-realization in the non-profit sector. This play has proven that if we want to work with a wide audience, we need to offer it something new. Another successful experiment is the Endowments: the Art of Explaining exhibition within the White Nights of Fundraising conference, which was aimed at explaining the complicated topic of endowments through modern art. Several new initiatives of the Foundation, including Endowment Knowledge Hubs and a play about endowments, called The Play Did Not Go as Planned, were presented at the Endowments 2019 forum.
Also worth noting is the establishment of the Tretyakov Gallery endowment fund, the Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Competition established by the Guggenheim Museum, and the Industriality and Culture forum, which was part of the 5th Industrial Art Biennial in Yekaterinburg. Indeed, 2019 was full of memorable events!
Globally speaking, we are trying to introduce something new into all our projects, be it competitions or events. We strive not to repeat ourselves, and that is what makes our initiatives so special.
Did you make any new personal discoveries this year?
This year, I realized that the Foundation has become part of the international philanthropy community. We have been working internationally for several years already, but recently we have made a huge leap that allowed us to become part of the global agenda.
Another realization is that now we have only not enough hours in the day, but also not enough days in the year to communicate with our grantees on the ground. As usual, we still travel a lot and meet our grantees and partners, but there is still an understanding that there are so many interesting and important things going on, that we simply do not have enough time to see and visit them all.
And the most prominent event of the year is, of course, our 20th anniversary celebration!
The Foundation is now announcing the launch of new large-scale initiatives to help non-profits and their beneficiaries to survive the next few months
Under uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we want to provide the most comfortable environment for all grant projects that have been planned to come to life
Given the unfavorable epidemiological situation related to the coronavirus pandemic and the measures imposed by the Mayor of Moscow, the 4th International Forum, “Endowments 2020. Collaboration Space”, has been rescheduled from March 26–27 to the autumn
The Foundation presented possible ways for museums to grow and evolve in the modern socio-cultural context
The Higher School of Economics hosted the international conference, titled Sport Cluster as a Center of Gravity for the City Community: International Experience and Russian Social Innovations
Recognizing outstanding contributions to arts and culture, the VIII Art Newspaper Russia prize was awarded to our founder Vladimir Potanin in the category Personal Contribution
Winners will receive scholarships to study on RIOU’s English language version of the Master of Sport Administration (MSA) course
Starting January 1st, 2020, the grant will total RUB 25,000
Kommersant presents traditional rankings of the Russian business elite's media presence in its League of Extraordinary Businessmen 7
During the meeting, experts discussed the possibilities of promoting contemporary art in regions across the country
Participants from Russia and abroad discussed both Russian and international experiences, best practices, and relevant questions relating to the promotion of collaboration between museums and theaters
It concluded with an award ceremony for Svyatoslav Perekhozhev and Vladimir Louzan Foundation, recipients of the Foundation grant
This year, we are going to discuss partnership and collaboration, participatory design, and the opportunities offered by endowments for combining resources and efforts to achieve a mutual goal
The Foundation presented the results of the annual ranking of universities participating in the Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program
The Foundation is ready to announce the winners of the competition for joining a new module of the advance training course, the Endowment Growth Strategy
The European Foundation Centre and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation have selected 20 participants from Russia and Europe to take part in the Philanthropic Leadership Platform:
Now in its third year of a three-year initiative, the Fellowships are awarded to professionals working in Russia on projects addressing social challenges, and provide a fully-funded place on the week-long Oxford Social Finance Programme
20 winners of the competition will receive scholarships to start their studies in September at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU)
An overview of the Foundation’s programmatic activities during the past year and our priorities for 2019 are now available in English
The contribution of Vladimir Potanin and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation into supporting modern art and culture earns the national Innovation award
A Contemporary Art Report from Russia is being organised as part of the NEMOSKVA project around the route of the Trans-Siberian railway, beyond the already known cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
50 graduates from 21 countries received diplomas
The theme of the Russian–Spanish training program: Modern Art for Social Change
At the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum 6 June 2019 the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation announced launching the museum’s endowment
On May 30, the Moscow Manege opened the international Museum Guide forum – a platform within the Intermuseum Festival for discussing current issues facing Russian and international museums. The forum is organized by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
The European Foundation Centre and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation are launching a new philanthropy leadership exchange programme
A panel discussion titled Preserving the Future: Conserving Contemporary Art in the Digital Age was held at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice
It was announced on the occasion of the 2019 Venice Biennale
St. Petersburg hosted the Master’s Degree++: Programming Future Education conference organized by ITMO University and the Foundation
The forum consisted of eighteen sessions featuring 57 speakers, three master classes, a business game, and a theatrical performance on endowments
Five managers from Russian non-profit organizations will have the opportunity to participate in the week-long executive development program
Marking its 20th anniversary year, the Foundation announced strategic priorities and new themes in its programmatic portfolio during a press conference at TASS news agency held 31 January 2019.
Call for Applications for the Olympic Scholarships for 2019/2020: competitive scholarships to attend the English version of the Master of Sport Administration Program (MSA) in RIOU are announced
In the course of the International Hermitage Friendship Days, the museum presented its new acquisitions
On November 28, a solemn ceremony of awarding the winners of the Corporate Art Awards was held at the European Parliament in Brussels under the auspices of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism of Italy
Representatives of Russian and international cultural institutions shared their views and experience on the endowment building practices
Second edition of Social Finance Program at Oxford: a week-long intensive program aimed at NGO leaders from across the globe and launched with support from the Foundation has 5 fellows from Russia
25 September marked a day when the New Tretyakov Gallery, which permanent exhibition focuses on the XX century, acquired a unique space for the museum visitor. At the same time the educational website Arzamas.Academy opened an online mission of the chief national museum.
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation have selected five Russian NGO leaders who will receive 2018 Vladimir Potanin Foundation Fellowships.
20 winners from 17 countries are to become the Master of Sports Administration program students at RIOU in the 2018/2019
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation, one of the first and largest private foundations in Russia, presents its new logo
48 students from 15 countries received diplomas of Master of Sport Administration. 20 graduates were fellows of the Olympic Scholarships Competition of the Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program
May 30, 2018 the Expert Committee of the Foundation Olympic Scholarship Competition announced results of the grant competition for visiting professors of the Master of Sports Administration Program (MSA) of the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU)
The Foundation presents its annual forum Museum Guide which is part of the All-Russian museum festival Intermuseum 2018 held under the auspices of the Russian Ministry of Culture.
24 April 2018 the House of the Russian Government hosted an award ceremony of the NGO Profi competition. The national Russian media project was launched in autumn 2017 to present stories of personal and professional success in the NGO sector
The patterns of network cooperation between universities were the topic of the all-Russian conference that was held on April 16-17, 2018 at the A.N. Tupolev Kazan National Research Technical University (KAI).
6 April, Moscow. The Vladimir Potanin Foundation and Moscow Business School Skolkovo opened Endowments 2018 Forum.
The Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation announce the call for applications for the Olympic Scholarships of the Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program.
The general director of the foundation Oksana Oracheva was among experts interviewed for the report worldwide.
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation announces a new competition to promote and identify successful models in culture. The competition targets establishing resource institutions in culture, able to become educational and innovation centers.
British Council and The Vladimir Potanin Foundation are glad to introduce a series of public talks within Cultural Skills Academy Russia Programme. The talks continue the programmes of the seminars covering the topics Designing business models and Developing audiences
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation took part in the 9th Gaidar Forum in Moscow. The expert discussion The Endowment: Lessons of the Decade marked the 10th anniversary of the Russian endowment market.
Students of the Olympic University in Sochi within the framework of #GivingTuesday initiative conducted a master class on the body mechanics
Oxord Social Finance Prorgamme took off at Said Business School with support from the Foundation
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation in partnership with the British Council and the Polytechnic Museum is organising a series of public lectures on museum management by leading specialists from the UK. Lectures will run each evening from 15 – 20 October 2017 at the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val.
Nominations open for the fifth Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize
The new academic year has started at the RIOU. Among the students are 20 fellows from 15 countries. They won the scholarships competition of the Olympic Scholarships Program of the Foundation. They will be studying at the Master of Sports Administration.
The Expert Committee of the Museum Bridges program of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation selected winners of the summer cycle competition to attend trainings for museum professionals in Russia and abroad. 51 Russian museum professionals will have an opportunity to get new knowledge and to exchange experience and ideas with their Russian and international colleagues through individual and group trainings.
Reputation of a university: how to establish, manage and convert it into the university well-being – these were the issues discussed at the workshop held on September 7-8, 2017 in Moscow. The workshop was organized by the Potanin Foundation and the National Training Foundation (NTF), and attended by more than 140 representatives of regional universities keen to master modern promotional tools.
20 winners of the competition will receive scholarships to study at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) in 2017/2018 academic year at the Master of Sports Administration program. Students will start the studies at the RIOU in September 2017
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation have announced the first five recipients of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation Fellowships to attend the Oxford Social Finance Programme
The foundation in partnership with the Russian National Training Foundation conduct a public discussion and a workshop on university reputation and branding
The Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) accounts for a webinar which was aimed at raising the importance and visibility of philanthropy infrastructure. One of the three speakers was the general director of the Foundation Oksana Oracheva
The fourth graduation ceremony of Sports Managers was held in the International Olympic University in Sochi. Among them are 18 students selected for the Olympic Scholarship Program of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, who got scholarships for studying in the RIOU.
Vladimir Potanin donated Erik Bulatov’s painting “The Picture and Onlookers” to Tretyakov Gallery
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation has taken an opinion poll of students of RIOU studying under the Master of Sport Administration English-language program in academic year 2016/17. The cohort includes 18 students from 13 countries of Europe, Asia and Africa, winners of the Potanin Foundation scholarship program. For most of them this is the first trip to Russia, and they look forward to learning more about great traditions of the country, meeting its people and … seeing snow.
Expert Committee of the Foundation Olympic Scholarship Program announced results of the grant competition for visiting professors
The Foundation presents Museum Guide, an annual forum for culture professionals.
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation and Calvert 22 Foundation are hosting a conference dedicated to museums and their collections as part of The Future Remains series
The conference organized by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO was attended by heads of non-profit organizations and experts on sustainable development, fundraising and planning
A Salute to Slava initiative of the Kennedy Centre supported by the Foundation brings the National Symphony Orchestra to Russia
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation and Calvert 22 Foundation are pleased to cohost a discussion on the Russian culture and art of the 20th century
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships from prospective sports managers and for grants from invited professors under the Olympic Scholarships Program, launched to promote modern approaches in sports education and train sports managers in the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU).
The Art Newspaper Russia newspaper held an official ceremony in the Moscow Manege 2 February 2017 to announce winners of its 5th annual award. The Foundation, Olga Sviblova and a group of donors were acknowledged as the best in the Personal Contribution nomination for the joint project with the Center Pompidou - “KOLLEKTSIA! Contemporary Art in the USSR and Russia 1950-2000”.
14 September 2016, the Centre Pompidou unveiled an extraordinary donation of more than 250 works of Soviet and Russian contemporary art assembled through the outstanding efforts of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
Winners of the scholarships competition of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation Olympic Scholarships Program have been selected
Last week a Russian translation and adaptation of Cards for Culture – Museum Edition was launched at the Intermuseum festival in Moscow. Erik and Jasper visited the city to run a teaser workshop with over 80 local and regional museum and heritage professionals.
The first grant competition of the Olympic Scholarship Program for visiting professors is completed. The competition was held to attract the best world-class experts to RIOU, introduce innovative courses into the ROIU curricula and promote dissemination of best practices of the world sports industry.
In May-June 2016 the State Tretyakov Gallery (Mikhail Vrubel Hall, 10, Lavrushinsky Lane) hosts the Cultural Leadership in Modern Worldpublic discussion program, supported by the Partnership Program of the Foundation. Curators: Marina Elzesser (Tretyakov Gallery) and Svetlana Adjoubei (Academia Rossica, London).
The Museum Guide Forum – a final annual event, traditionally presenting the outcomes of Vladimir Potanin Foundation activities in Arts and Culture – took place in the Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”.
In Moscow at the National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) a meeting of a group of German professionals with representatives of museums of Moscow took place. A visit of German museum specialists was organized within the framework of the Russian-German bi-lateral training program, which represents a part of the Museum Bridges program of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
Cooperation between the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and L’Institut Français de Russie brings together museum professionals from Russia and France
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation and L’Institut Français de Russie announce a launch of the training program in France within the framework of the Museum Bridges program.
Oxford Impact Investing Program podcasts feature the Foundation: Oksana Oracheva, general director of the Foundation discusses how the organisation supports museums that spearhead new social enterprises and new business development models across Russia, inspiring a new generation of critical and creative thinkers.
3 December 2015, The Case Centre, a world-leading organisation dedicated to advancing the case method worldwide, sharing knowledge, wisdom and experience, has published the case How the Vladimir Potanin Foundation Is Building a Legacy of Leadership.
The winner of The Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize was elected in Bejing at the Emerging Societies – Emerging Philanthropies forum 24 November 2015.
In October 2015 Ekaterinburg hosted a major cultural event – the 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial which brought together artists not only from 14 cities of the Sverldovsk and Chelyabinsk region, but different parts of the world.
Kazan, 12 October 2015. Kazan Federal University hosted an international seminar co-organized by Project 5-100 together with the Foundation and devoted to postgraduate programs development and students recruiting.
As part of preparations for the European Day of Foundations and Donors, a photo exhibition curated by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and devoted to achievements of the Foundation’s grantees will open at the National Libdary of Luxembourg 28 September 2015. The photo stories show how an individual can impact the life of a whole community and change it for the better.
At a joint discussion held in partnership with Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 the Vladimir Potanin Foundation introduced its ranking of Russian universities participating in the Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program. The event took place at the Russian Information Agency TASS in Moscow 7 September 2015.
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation and the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) have today announced the twenty students awarded grants to study on RIOU’s flagship Master of Sports Administration Program at RIOU (MSA) programme for the academic year 2015/2016.
The Foundation announces the results of two grant competitions under the auspices of the museum professional exchange program Museum Bridges.
He talked about this with the TASS correspondent Andrey Vandenko during the interview 6 July 2015: ‘The volume of my charity support is increasing. From this year on, the budget for my charitable activities, including my Foundation equals 1 billion rubles and it will increase in the years to come.’
The second cohort of students have successfully completed the Russian International Olympic University’s flagship course of further professional education, achieving their Master of Sport Administration (MSA) qualifications.
5 June 2015, Moscow, the Wealth Transformation Center (Skolkovo Moscow School of Management) and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation hosted a joint expert discussion ‘The Future of Private Philanthropy’ aimed to share experiences of private foundations both in Russia and abroad.
On 26 May 2015 at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) an award ceremony will take place for participants of the professional traineeships program for MGIMO students.
11–14 June 2015 the Vladimir Potanin Foundation holds the Museum Guide Forum, an annual event that brings together all of the Foundation’s museum programs.
The Foundation’s experience and program results were introduced as a model technology in the largest higher educational institution of the US capital.
One year anniversary of the Russian Lounge. In 2011 Vladimir Potanin made a donation to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate the Center’s forty year anniversary. As a result of the collaboration between the Foundation and the Center with the support of the Embassy of the Russia to the US a reconstruction of the largest Lounge of the Center took place.
Russian nominee for the European Museum of the Year Award. In 2013 the Perm Museum won the Potanin Foundation grant within the Program A Changing Museum in a Changing World for its project Discover the Permian Period.
The European Foundation Centre, located in Brussels, hosted Culture As an Ambassador to Connect People roundtable organized by the Foundation in partnership with Robert Bosch Foundation.
The opening of the ‘Fostering Leadership’ exhibition curated by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation provided a catalyst for dialogue on the way in which Foundations can effectively fund ‘culture’. In advance of the exhibition opening, the foundation co-organised a roundtable with Bosch Stiftung which brought together foundation professionals and creatives from across Europe to discuss the best way to nurture innovation and break down the perception of ‘culture’ as something that remains elitist and untouched by the majority. All those present were passionate about the way in which creative cultural projects can help form new relationships and break down prejudice, whether they be on a local, national or international level.
How does a foundation help build a new generation of self-reflective leaders who think critically, challenge themselves, and devote their energy to helping others?
To coincide with the start of the 2015 Oxford Impact Investing Programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oksana Oracheva, General Director of The Vladimir Potanin Foundation took part in a discussion on the ways the Foundation is investing in leaders, individuals and institutions to build bridges through cultural investment.
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation and the Robert Bosch Stiftung are organizing a roundtable 'Culture as an Ambassador to Connect People' 29 April in Brussels, hosted by the European Foundation Centre. As part the joint program with the EFC, the photo exhibition Fostering Leadership curated by the Foundation will take place in May.
2 March 2015 the Vladimir Potanin Foundation announced the winners of the contest that will participate in the U.S. – Russia Bi-lateral Training Program for museum professionals. For the first time the international program has united work of three foundations: the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the U.S.-Russia Foundation (USRF), and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation announces the Olympic Scholarships Program for 2015/2016 academic year. The competition’s goal is to provide opportunities to promising individuals to get qualified education in sports management.
Founder of the Potanin Foundation is given the national philanthropy award, established to honor the Year of Culture in Russia.
The main priorities of it are openness and accessibility, education and training, support of professionals and experts. To achieve the established goals, the Foundation is considerably modernizing its previous programs and launching a number of new ones.
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation has supported the film Hermitage Revealed which was made to mark the 250 years anniversary of the Hermitage State Museum.
Twenty students from thirteen countries will receive Olympic Scholarship of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
On June 26, 2014 in Sochi at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU), the first graduation ceremony took place.
Due to the large number of appeals, the Olympic Scholarships Competition for financial support for training in the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) on the Master of Sport Administration Program is extended until 31 July 2014.
Vladimir Potanin made a contribution to the endowments of non-for-profit organizations which took part in the pilot Endowment Growth Stratedy Program and demonstrated real breakthrough in fundraising.
On June 2, 2014, the Conference "Endowments: Pro et Contra» took place in Moscow. The Conference had summarized the two-year activities under the pilot Endowment Growth Strategy Program of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation aimed to support the development of endowments in Russia.
On April 15, 2014 Russia Donors forum presented the third annual report on the state of foundations in Russia. This report reflects on the changes that have taken place in the country and in the foundation sector in particular during 2013. The main focus of the 2013 report is philanthropy development in Russian regions.
A special survey was commissioned by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation to assess and evaluate the results and the impact of the Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program, which is the longest and biggest project of the Foundation.
On February 20, 2014 300 winners of the Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program were selected based on the 2 rounds of the contest out of over 3000 student applications.
Over the 10 years of its operation the Changing Museum in a Changing World Program grew into a major event in Russian cultural sphere. Out of 4177 applications submitted it has selected and supported about 190 innovative projects which were or are being successfully implemented.
Since 2006 the Vladimir Potanin Foundation together with the British Council have organized annual educational trips for the winners of the Changing Museum in a Changing World Contest.