Volnoe Delo is one of the largest charitable foundations in Russia. It was established by Oleg Deripaska in 1998. Mr Deripaska is a Russian industrialist best known as the Chairman of Basic Element and President of UC RUSAL.
The Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives, with a focus on Russian education and science. It supports Russia’s cultural and historic heritage, contributes to the preservation of its spiritual values, delivers healthcare services and solves critical social problems.
Over the last 18 years Volnoe Delo has supported 86,000 schoolchildren, 4,000 teachers, 8,000 students, 4,000 academics and 1,100 educational, scientific, cultural, healthcare, sporting, religious institutions.
Today the Foundation is one of the fastest-growing charities in Russia.
Since 1998 Mr Deripaska has invested more than 10.6 bln rubles in more than 500 charity programs in 50 regions of Russia including 1.054 bln rubles in 2014 (2013 – about 1.05 bln rubles).
Oleg Deripaska received Philanthropist of the Year award in recognition of his efforts to support rich historical and cultural heritage of Kuban in 2014. In 2013-2015, he was among the top Russian philanthropists according to Bloomberg. In 2013, Forbes ranked Deripaska among the most generous givers. In 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin granted the state decoration "For Beneficence" to the businessman. The decoration is awarded for significant charity efforts including contributions to the development of Russian science, culture, education or healthcare.
Volnoe Delo foundation was ranked among the top-10 Russian charities in 2015 according to Rossiya Segodnya news agency. The foundation was also named in 2015 and 2016 one of the largest charity organizations according to Ogonyok magazine. In 2016, Forbes put Volnoe Delo on the list of the 12 largest charities in Russia.
Facts and Figures
18 years of charity in Russia
500 proJects on education, science, culture and territorial development
50 regions of Russia
The beneficiaries of the Foundation include
86 000 pupils
8 000 university and college students
1 000 veterans and pensioners
4 000 teachers
4 000 scientists
1 100 education, science, culture, health and sports organizations