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?
Dmitry Polikanov , President, Con-nection Deaf-Blind Support Foundation; Сhair of the Board, Donors' Forum
Lev Ambinder , President, Rusfond
Ekaterina Kruglova , Executive Director, Memory of Generations Charitable Foundation
Alexandra Levitskaya , Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation
Yulia Matveeva , President, Vera Charitable Foundation for Hospice Care
Irina Prokhorova , Co-Founder, Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation (The Charitable Foundation for Cultural Initiatives)
Kseniya Rappoport , Curator, BELA.Butterfly Children Charity Foundation
Tatyana Tulchinskaya , Chairman of the Council, All Together Charity Gathering Association of Socially Oriented Non-Profit Organizations
Nicholas Fairfax , Patron, Charity Fund "Downside Up Charity"
Elena Chernyshkova , President, Chairman, Sistema Charitable Foundation
Front row participants:
Alexey Malinovskiy , Senior Vice President, Head, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia, Mastercard
Davron Mukhamadiev , Head of Regional Representation in the Russian Federation, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies