ISSN 2712-7834
Smirnov Sergei

Smirnov Sergei

DrS (Econ. Sci.), Head of the Centre for Social Programmes and Risks Analysis, Institute for Social Policy, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Leading Researcher at the Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences of the RussianAcademy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia)

Charity in the consumer society: the Russia’s case

After a long period of the actual absence of charity in the Russian Federation of the Soviet period its revival began since the mid-1990s. Charitable foundations have become established in the country, whose projects are of a diverse nature. The main target groups of the funds' activities are children and families with children, people of different age groups in need of expensive treatment, the poor and some other categories of the population. Assistance to animals, in solving environmental problems, financing scientific research, cultural projects, etc. are still on the periphery of the charity projects. This is due to the limited financial resources of charitable foundations in Russia, which are an order of magnitude smaller than the budgets of well-known foreign foundations, many of which were founded back in the 1930s. In 2022 contributions to charitable foundations decreased, as well as the number of donors. It is important, however, that the country has risen from 67 th to 30 th place in the World Giving Index. This indicates an increase in the number of Russian citizens who take part in various forms of charity – monetary, in-kind and volunteer activities.

Keywords: charity; charity funds; contributions in cash; volunteer activities; directions of charity.

For citation: Smirnov S.N. Charity in the consumer society: the Russia’s case // Social Novelties and Social Sciences. – 2023. – № 2. – P. 60–75.
DOI: 10.31249/snsn/2023.02.03
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