Association of Volunteer Centers (hereinafter the Association) is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Russia. Our mission is to make volunteering the norm of life.
The Association unites almost 5 million volunteers, 169 volunteer organizations and thousands of partners across the country. Thanks to the efforts of the Association community over 9 years of work, the volunteer activity in Russia has grown from
3 to 19%.
Among the flagship projects of the Association there are educational and methodological programs, actions and practices of mutual assistance, as well
as a number of projects under the brand DOBRO and #WeAreTogether.
One of them is ДОБРО.РФ,a platform uniting 69 thousand organizers of socially oriented projects with millions of volunteers and civil activists, aggregating free educational materials for volunteers. Another one is # WeAreTogether, the International Prize, organized by the Association. The prize supports socially significant initiatives of NGOs, business and civil society aimed at helping people and improving the quality of life, and encourages leaders of positive social changes at a high state level.
Artem Metelev - Deputy of the State Duma of Russia, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Youth Policy, Chairman of the Council of the Association of Volunteer Centers, Head of the DOBRO.RU platform.
St Petersburg University is the first university in Russia and a world-leading centre of science and education. With a history dating back to 1724, the University is the oldest institution of higher education in Russia. Today, SPbU successfully combines tradition and innovation, being one of the leading international centres of education, science and culture. It is ranked among the top 300 universities around the world and in second place in Eastern Europe and Central Asia according to the QS Rankings. The University is also ranked in second place in Russia in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking. It is the best in Russia for Employer-Student connections. As a dynamic institution, it designs multidisciplinary academic programmes that combine fundamental theoretical problems with real-world, practical application.
Nikolay Kropachev - Rector of St Petersburg University
“Aqua Holding” is the largest producer of mineral waters in the South of Russia and the leading exporter in the country. The company holds 1/3 of the total production of mineral waters at Caucasus Mineral Waters area. The company is the sole producer of legendary brands “Essentuki № 4”, “Essentuki № 17” and “Narzan” and also one of the two largest producers of “Arkhyz”. The company portfolio includes such brands as mineral water “Gorji”, natural drinking waters “Ledyanaya zhemchuzhina” and “Rodnye ozera”.
“Aqua Holding” holds 6 production sites, 30 bore wells, branded wholesale and retail stores in resort cities and more than 600 employees.
The company is in the TOP-3 producers of mineral waters in Russia, the largest private subsoil user in the North Caucasus Federal District and one of the main taxpayers in the region.
In 2022 “Aqua Holding” is rated among the best employers in the country according to Forbes.
The company is also one of the leading exporters of the country and is the winner of the “Exporter of the Year” award.
Today, the products of the “Aqua Holding” can be purchased not only throughout Russia, but also in more than twenty countries from Canada to China, and its quality remains impeccable!
SMF Studio (Soyuzmultfilm), is one of Russia's largest and oldest animation companies, celebrating 86 years of business this year. Founded in 1936, SMF studio has always been on the forefront of innovation in Russian animation. The studio delivers projects in a variety of genres, using stop-motion, clay and hand-drawn techniques along with 2D and 3D animation.
SMF Studio has created over 1500 animated movies, gaining international recognition for its projects. Many of them are considered among the classics of the animation world. The "Golden Collection" of SMF is recognized for its world-renowned directors, production designers and animators.
Today, the studio is comprised of a production company, licensing and educational facilities, which includes an animation studio, animation technology park, educational and recreational centers for kids, as well as a licensing agency. SMF also continues to expand its international reach, broadcasting and streaming films in over 50 countries, including: France, UK, Germany Israel, China, Indonesia and many others.