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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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, 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 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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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Public–Private Partnerships for Charity
7 June 2019
Russian business ramps up its charitable activity

Most PPP projects involve healthcare, sports and education. If we take education, 58 projects are being successfully implemented with a total investment volume of 36.4 billion, including 22.3 billion of private investment — Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation..

We carry 2.5 million children annually – this number includes children with disabilities. We provide these children with a full infrastructure to help them travel. Apart from that, we give charity foundations an opportunity to place social ads on our premises — Aleksandr Oleynik, Deputy General Director for Economics and Finance, Sheremetyevo International Airport.

The Chechen Republic has a concept for spiritual and moral upbringing of younger generations. The Akhmad Kadyrov Foundation has created over 15 thousand jobs and built dozens of social facilities — Muslim Khuchiev, Chairman of the Government of the Chechen Republic.

We have a project that provides free accommodation for parents whose children undergo treatment in the Children’s Hospital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Kazan. Over the six years that the project exists, over 9 thousand families used this opportunity — Svetlana Polyakova, Chief Executive Officer, Charitable Foundation "House of Ronald McDonald"; Public Relations Director, McDonald's Russia.

We have several courses provided through our college facilities. We offer vocational counselling, competitions and the Ot Vinta programme where children build models and come up with innovative solutions — Alexey Rakhmanov, United Shipbuilding Corporation President .

No criteria for charitable activity

There should be a clear borderline between where the government’s responsibility starts and where it ends, as well as where and how we should be involved in problem solving. Some facilities are mostly financed through the budget, yet they come to us for help. To us it looks strange. We have drafted our charity-related rules and set priorities. It would be nice to have this type of document on the federal level, to avoid any question from the supervising authorities regarding the money and where it went — Alexey Rakhmanov, United Shipbuilding Corporation President .

We need standards and criteria that would help assess the organization’s fair practices and performance — Dmitry Polikanov, President, Con-nection Deaf-Blind Support Foundation; Chair of the Board, Donors Forum.

Insufficient information about those who need help

The government should change the legislation to make it possible to get information about the people who need medications — Anna Shabarova, Vice President for Human Resources and Social Responsibility, Russian Copper Company; Member of the Board of Trustees, Russian Copper Company Charity Fund .

Setting priorities and spreading best practices

We need to offer the government final solutions and introduce best practices throughout Russia — Elena Milskaya, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, National Center for Missing and Affected Children.

We need to think about the ways to tackle bottlenecks that do not require a lot of money, but to keep the government’s education obligations and make sure those obligations are carried out — Elena Klochko, Chairman of the Board, All-Russian Organization of Parents of Disabled Children and Disabled Persons over 18 Years Old with Mental and Other Disorders in Need of Representation, an all-Russian public organization.

Increasing informational transparency of charitable non-profit organizations

We promote informational openness standards to make sure any person gets full information on any non-profit organization and its activity, while those organizations would voluntarily disclose their information the way public organizations do it — Dmitry Polikanov, President, Con-nection Deaf-Blind Support Foundation; Chair of the Board, Donors Forum.

Developing criteria for charitable activity

We need to learn how to measure result that would reflect on the change in the child’s well-being and quality of life. First we wanted to find a ready-made system, but when we failed to do so we adapted an international one that tracks several parameters of the child’s life: health, relations with parents, performance at school — Xenia Frank, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation..

Let’s take a look at charity as an industry which should have professionals, processes, procedures, assessment of the quality and the impact of this industry on the society — Yan Yanovskiy, Co-Founder, Friends Charitable Foundation.

Using the potential of religious organizations in charity

The more public–private partnerships [in charity, – Ed.] will involve the Church, the more efficient they will be — Konstantin Malofeev, Deputy Head, World Russian People’s Council International Public Organization.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS