Who we are

Established in 1999 by the Russian entrepreneur Vladimir Potanin to help nurture active professionals and to develop strategic philanthropy in Russia, the Vladimir Potanin Foundation today is one of the largest private foundations.

Many of the projects and programs initiated and administrated by the Foundation have been acknowledged as role-model technologies in Russia and are widely re-applied by other foundations, non-governmental bodies, cultural and educational organizations.

Vladimir Potanin
Vladimir Potanin

Dear Friends,

I have been engaged in philanthropy for more than twenty years. It has become an important part of my life. In 1999 I created a philanthropic foundation in order to implement projects in education, culture and philanthropy development in a truly effective manner. 

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Our mission

We develop a philanthropy culture, uniting creative professionals who play a key role in solving current public issues and achieve sustainable social change.

We provide opportunities for new ideas and create a favorable environment to make them come true.

We have awarded more than 40 thousand grants and fellowships. By supporting leaders and shaping a social milieu that values creativity and professionalism we aim to create a generation of people for whom philanthropy is a natural behavior.

  • Our values


    Our work approach ensures maximum transparency. We comply with clear principles and follow the rules. We report on the progress and results of our work to our partners and society.


    We welcome creativity and innovation in any initiatives. We help every team member, partner, grantee and program participant unleash their creative potential.


    In our work we are always focused on professional standards, from how we organize a workflow to partners we choose. We actively seek, explore, apply and disseminate best practices in our sphere. We are not ready to rest and aim to constantly progress. We strive to meet new challenges.


    We take responsibility for what we do. We are guided by the idea “Do no harm” and carefully evaluate potential risks for our grantees and partners, making every effort to reduce or exclude them. The basis of our management decisions is objective, verified and full information.

    Attention to personality

    We believe that every individual is unique and offer a tailored approach for everyone. We respect the diversity of personal values, opinions, and appreciate that every person is different.


    We provide equal opportunities for partnership to all our partners and program participants.


    We are proactive in our work and involve all stakeholders to achieve positive sustainable change. We are open to experiment and innovative solutions. We support research, use and replication of new approaches, methods, technologies in our sphere.

    Complex (results-oriented) approach

    In our work we use a wide range of information, expert, educational, competitive models and tools. We are focused on tangible, measurable practical results and their long-term impact.