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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. The Vladimir Potanin Foundation is one of the first domestic institutions of its kind that enabled to bring charitable work to a fully professional level. As the Foundation developed, we showcased new methods and mechanisms for the implementation of socially significant programs, and in doing so, fostered the overall environment for philanthropy.

The Foundation decided from the very beginning that its main priority would be to provide support to future leaders. Leaders are those who lead by example and foster a supportive environment for positive change.

The focus of the Foundation is to search for the best and to select the best. We are interested in the best students and the best museum programs. Leadership development enables to solve systemic issues, on any scale and in any industry. A leader will not simply burn through allocated funds, but will invest the money into their further development. We are confident that these individuals will continue to grow and to achieve long after grant support has ended.

Our work has had resonance, and for the past fifteen years the Foundation has been actively promoting its philosophy. We have awarded more than 26,000 student scholarships and more than 2,000 grants to teachers. Dozens of volunteer projects have been implemented thanks to Foundation grants. We have supported 206 museum projects all over Russia, from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad. The State Hermitage Museum with whom the Foundation has developed a long-standing and fruitful cooperation plays a special role in this regard. Due to this collaboration 850 best museum staff members have been awarded grants to conduct research and to attend workshops, conferences.

Time never stands still; the world is changing constantly, and, as new exciting opportunities open up, the Foundation and its programs will respond. For example, since 2013 our scholarship programs have been focused on the support of master degree students, as they have a clear vision and goals for their studies. The Foundation launched a unique Endowment Growth Strategy program. As a result 10 organizations received endowment gifts, among them there is the Tomsk State University and the Penza Local Community Foundation Civil Union. On a competitive basis we award grants to students enrolled in the sports management program at the Russian International Olympic University in Sochi. In 2014 we significantly expanded our activity in the area of arts and culture; 4 museum programs were launched to allow Russian museums to be more open, contemporary and to help museum staff achieve their creative and professional goals.

My hope is that through its work the Foundation has been contributing to the gradual change in attitudes towards philanthropy in Russia. All of our programs are operated in accordance with clear and transparent rules. Students, teachers, museum staff are aware that when they come to us, they participate in a fair competitive process.

I am pleased that the number of applicants has risen year after year, and that the title ‘grant competition winner’ or ‘scholarship recipient’ of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation is considered to be a significant achievement and a remarkable line in a person’s resume.

To new successes!

Vladimir Potanin

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Biography
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. The Vladimir Potanin Foundation is one of the first domestic institutions of its kind that enabled to bring charitable work to a fully professional level. As the Foundation developed, we showcased new methods and mechanisms for the implementation of socially significant programs, and in doing so, fostered the overall environment for philanthropy.

The Foundation decided from the very beginning that its main priority would be to provide support to future leaders. Leaders are those who lead by example and foster a supportive environment for positive change.

The focus of the Foundation is to search for the best and to select the best. We are interested in the best students and the best museum programs. Leadership development enables to solve systemic issues, on any scale and in any industry. A leader will not simply burn through allocated funds, but will invest the money into their further development. We are confident that these individuals will continue to grow and to achieve long after grant support has ended.

Our work has had resonance, and for the past fifteen years the Foundation has been actively promoting its philosophy. We have awarded more than 26,000 student scholarships and more than 2,000 grants to teachers. Dozens of volunteer projects have been implemented thanks to Foundation grants. We have supported 206 museum projects all over Russia, from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad. The State Hermitage Museum with whom the Foundation has developed a long-standing and fruitful cooperation plays a special role in this regard. Due to this collaboration 850 best museum staff members have been awarded grants to conduct research and to attend workshops, conferences.

Time never stands still; the world is changing constantly, and, as new exciting opportunities open up, the Foundation and its programs will respond. For example, since 2013 our scholarship programs have been focused on the support of master degree students, as they have a clear vision and goals for their studies. The Foundation launched a unique Endowment Growth Strategy program. As a result 10 organizations received endowment gifts, among them there is the Tomsk State University and the Penza Local Community Foundation Civil Union. On a competitive basis we award grants to students enrolled in the sports management program at the Russian International Olympic University in Sochi. In 2014 we significantly expanded our activity in the area of arts and culture; 4 museum programs were launched to allow Russian museums to be more open, contemporary and to help museum staff achieve their creative and professional goals.

My hope is that through its work the Foundation has been contributing to the gradual change in attitudes towards philanthropy in Russia. All of our programs are operated in accordance with clear and transparent rules. Students, teachers, museum staff are aware that when they come to us, they participate in a fair competitive process.

I am pleased that the number of applicants has risen year after year, and that the title ‘grant competition winner’ or ‘scholarship recipient’ of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation is considered to be a significant achievement and a remarkable line in a person’s resume.

To new successes!

Vladimir Potanin

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Biography

1961
1961
Vladimir Potanin was born in 1961.
1983
1983
Mr. Potanin graduated in 1983 from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a degree in international economics.
1990
1990
In 1990 he founded Interros, a holding company with investments in mining, metals manufacturing, real estate, tourism, infrastructure and media, with a total of approximately 15 billion dollars in assets under management. Interros became co-founder of Russian International Olympic University in Sochi. The company was also one of major developers of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
1999
1999
Throughout his business career, Mr. Potanin has devoted a major portion of his time and resources to charitable projects. In order to structure these efforts effectively, he founded The Vladimir Potanin Foundation in 1999, aiming to implement socially significant, long-term projects in the areas of education and culture, as well as to foster the development of philanthropy in Russia. In donating his private wealth to the Foundation, Mr. Potanin made a concrete commitment to the idea that philanthropic activity can underpin the strengthening and improvement of society overall.
2001
2001
Since 2001 Mr. Potanin has served on the Board of Trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York
2003
2003
Since April 2003 he has been the Head of the Board of Trustees of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
2006
2006

Mr. Potanin has contributed $5 million to the Hermitage Endowment, and was among the founders of the first endowment fund in the Russian Federation, the MGIMO Endowment Foundation of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, his alma mater. He has contributed about $7,5 million to the MGIMO endowment and has served on the Board of Trustees of MGIMO since May 2006.

As Chair of the Commission on Philanthropy Development and Volunteerism of the Public Chamber, Mr. Potanin has been working on philanthropy promotion and development of philanthropic infrastructure since 2006. Under his Chairmanship, the Commission has authored a number of initiatives that helped to improve the legislative framework for the field. One of these achievements is endowment legislation, which came into force in 2007.

2010
2010
In February 2010 Mr. Potanin made a public commitment to give a majority of his wealth to philanthropic causes.
2012
2012
Since 2012 Mr. Potanin has been the CEO of Nornickel, a leading mining company.
2013
2013

In 2013 he became the first Russian corporate leader to join the Giving Pledge initiative.



Mr. Potanin enjoys travel and sports. He skis, plays badminton, water sports and chess.

In his own words:

“People have a natural desire to change the world for the better. And the more successful you are and the more opportunities you have, the more this inclination to change things around you grows.”

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Giving Pledge

In 1999 I created a philanthropic foundation in order to implement projects in education, culture and philanthropy development in a truly effective manner. The Vladimir Potanin Foundation is one of the first domestic institutions of its kind that enabled to bring charitable work to a fully professional level. As the Foundation developed, we showcased new methods and mechanisms for the implementation of socially significant programs, and in doing so, fostered the overall environment for philanthropy.