One million more volunteers in SONGOs in Russia
One million more volunteers working in Russia, says Rosstat
The results of a recent random survey conducted by Russia’s Federal State Statistics Service, Rosstat, have shown that the number of people who volunteered their services to SONGOs (socially-oriented NGOs) in 2019 exceeded four million, compared to 2.9 million in 2018.
There has also been a rise in the number of SONGOs: 146,000 in 2019 compared to 140,000 the previous year. Social services (provided by 37,000 SONGOs) are their main activity area, together with promoting physical exercise and participation in sports (30,000), and education, awareness-raising and science (26,000).
SONGOs provided help for 66 million people during the course of the year. Of these, 18 million received support for education, 16 million for cultural activities, 15 million for health care, 8 million for social policy issues and 7 million for sports.
SONGOs received a total of 56 billion roubles from the federal budget in 2019, with 862 billion received by NGOs from various sources.