Vladimir Potanin Foundation


The Vladimir Potanin Foundation was established in 1999 as a private foundation by the Russian entrepreneur Vladimir Potanin to help nurture active and creative professionals and develop philanthropy in Russia.
The core grant-making areas are education, arts and culture, promoting the culture of giving. The foundation has a long-standing commitment to building capacity for leadership growth and encouraging volunteer activity and individual creativity.


To promote the development of strategic philanthropy and recognition of active and creative professionals, to cooperate with those who are capable of changing themselves and are ready to make their contribution to the development of Russian society, and to shape a social milieu, which values creativity, professionalism and proactive volunteer work.

Geographic Focus


Programme Areas

Through the grant-making process, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge and professionalism, encourages volunteer activity and individual creativity, strengthens institutions, and elevates the development of philanthropy. The Foundation’s main activities address current problems, aim to have long-term impact, are based on transparent, open competition, are led by independent Expert Committees in each area. The main programs are:

- Education
The Federal Scholarship Program
Summer/Winter Schools
Young Faculty Grant Program
Professor Online
Master of Sport Administration course at the Russian International Olympic University

- Arts and culture
“A Changing Museum in a Changing World”
Hermitage Museum Individual Research Grants Program
“First Publication” Program

In addition to grant-making in core areas, the Foundation works on promotion of a common vision for strategic philanthropy, strengthening of philanthropic collaboration, and development of philanthropic infrastructure in Russia.

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