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The Vladimir Potanin Foundation Reveals New Initiatives and Plans for 2019

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation Reveals New Initiatives and Plans for 2019

Marking its 20th anniversary year, the Foundation announced strategic priorities and new themes in its programmatic portfolio during a press conference at TASS news agency held 31 January 2019.

 “One of the most important outcomes of our work is a vast community of fellow-thinkers, experts, grantees and partners among them, established by the Foundation’s programs and competitions. We have already involved 35 thousand people in our activities and it gives us the strength to achieve new challenging targets”, Larisa Zelkova, chair of the Board, said.

Larisa Zelkova described the Foundation’s priority activities aligned with the strategic vision announced earlier in 2016. “We have launched new competitions and initiatives aimed at supporting higher education, museums, and philanthropy infrastructure. They differ from our work in the past: it is important that the new projects are linked to each other though overlapping territories, participants, institutions and involvement of project teams, volunteers, fellows and everyone sharing the Foundation’s values, as well as through their interdisciplinary approach. This would make it easier for the project teams and participants to attract new intellectual and human resources, and for the Foundation to increase impact and widen a set of tools used by our grantees,” Larisa Zelkovanoted.

Another priority, emphasized by Larisa Zelkova, is a comprehensive use of digital technologies, from their implementation in competition procedures to designing a new website that would become a multimedia venue for all community members. She also noted that the Foundation has increased its grant funding.

Oksana Oracheva, the Foundation’s general director, announced a number of initiatives planned by the Foundation for 2019. A newly launched Center for Philanthropy Development is aimed at reviewing the philosophy of philanthropy both in Russia and beyond. It is designed to help Russian philanthropy integrate into a global context and foster new partnerships. “The Center will become an intellectual hub which creates, accumulates and shares state-of-the-art knowledge and practices that are going to change the philanthropy landscape in Russia. In due course it will become one of the centers that shape new philanthropy agenda,” Oksana Orachevasaid.One of the first pilot projects of the Center will be a research based on big data usage in philanthropy.

The general director announced a new programmatic area to be developed in 2019 and the theme of which will be sport as a technology for social change, and a new Museums Launch competition within the Museums without Borders program.

Oksana Oracheva added that the Foundation would further employ evidence-based approach in decision making by continuing to analyze best practices and social results of the projects supported by the Foundation. She also noted that the cross-cutting focus area of the Foundation for would become Impact&Learning: “The Foundation will collect more feedback from grantees, disseminate best practices, and assess activities supported by the Foundation and their effects”. 

The Vmeste (“Together”) documentary project was mentioned as one of the forms for presenting the outcomes of the Foundation work. Five people from different Russian cities, who had received grants from the Foundation, are featured in a big multimedia story comprising documentaries, expert materials and talks on website. The project monitors changes in the environment achieved by these people with support from the Foundation.  Sergei Karpov, executive producer of the project, believes that “an individual is a significant value and a lone warrior is able to make a change.”