Russia is seeing a spike in civil activism and volunteering. In total, 1,299 volunteer projects from the Far East were submitted to the Volunteer of Russia national competition in 2019. The proposals came from both non-governmental organizations and individuals willing to give targeted aid to people and implement comprehensive programmes. How are civil initiatives helping to advance the development of the Far East and unlock human capital? Will social self-fulfilment help stem outward migration from the Far East? What additional support measures should be launched to develop the non-profit sector?