More Russians donating to NGOs

More Russians have begun to donate to NGOs


The Charities Aid Foundation has published its tenth edition of world ratings on charitable giving.  Surveys carried out between 2009 and 2019 show a steady upward trend in the number of individuals giving to charity. The research is based on interviews with 1.3 million people living in 128 countries.

Over the past 10 years the number of Russians giving to people in need beyond their personal circle has risen from 29% to 44%, while the number giving to charity has increased from 6% to 21%.  However, the proportion of people getting personally involved in charity work has fallen from 18% to 11%.

The data shows no significant change in voluntary activity over the past year.  In 2018 the number of people giving to NGOs rose from 17% to 21% while the number who had given support to people outside their circle in the preceding month had risen from 30% to 44%.  11% of respondents were involved in charity work of some kind, a fall of 1% since 2017.


In an international index measuring the development of private charitable involvement over the past 10 years Russia has been ranked 117th.  Russia came 138th in the same index in 2009 and 110th in 2018.

Commenting on the research, the Director of the Russian Charities Aid Foundation, Maria Chertok, stated: “Slowly but surely, a culture of charity work by private individuals is emerging. The situation is not perfect, but we are definitely moving in the right direction. We instinctively feel this in our day-to-day working, and we are pleased to see that the results of the analysis of international trends in charitable involvement reflect our own experience.”

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