A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 163 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian (t.me/Roscongress), English (t.me/RoscongressDirect), and Spanish (t.me/RoscongressEsp). Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Faith in philanthropy: from ethical guidelines to professional standards
1 June 2017

Over the last 20 years, the charitable sector in Russia has changed and grown significantly, now generating a couple of hundred billion roubles. And, like any other sector, the level of professionalism is increasing. According to polls, people are not yet willing to support this trend towards professionalization. The general public is extremely wary of contributing to administrative overheads, and salaries at market rates are unacceptable in this sector, as is expenditure on marketing. And there is no room for mistakes. The defining feature of the public mood is a lack of trust in charitable foundations. One of the reasons for this is insufficient transparency in the sector itself, the absence of any clear, well-understood and, most importantly, generally accepted standards. Does the sector need its own specific professional standards? Which good practices could be borrowed from other sectors, and in particular from the world of business? How could such standards be promoted? How could work to influence public opinion be taken forward?

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