Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe

Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe

What is the Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe?

Based on the success of our Philanthropic Leadership Platform exchanges between China and Europe, and Latin America and Europe, in 2019 the EFC launched a new Philanthropic Leadership Platform in partnership with the Vladimir Potanin Foundation; the Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe.

The platform is an intensive, peer-led leadership development programme that brings together 20 philanthropy professionals from Russia and Europe for a period of 8 days to enhance their leadership skills by sharing their knowledge, experience, creativity and concerns with each other.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the next edition of the programme will take place in 2021. Stay tuned for further details.

How is the programme structured?

The programme starts off with a welcome dinner, followed by 4 days of exchange among the 20 participants (10 from Europe and 10 from Russia). Participants engage in group and plenary interaction, and active exchange with high-level experts and leaders of institutions in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The programme is built on the following specific activities:

  • Group work on specific topics
  • Plenary discussions
  • Lectures and trainings
  • Intergroup workshops
  • Excursions to other foundations and non-profit organisations
  • Site visits to local philanthropy projects

Who is eligible?

This programme is open to representatives of the following types of organisations:

– Private foundations (operational and/or grantmaking)

– Corporate foundations or corporations involved in grantmaking

– Public charities and associations

– Philanthropy infrastructure organisations

– Other types of philanthropic organisations

EFC members will be given priority in the selection of European participants. Applicants should be fully committed to actively participating and engaging in the programme and respecting the confidentiality of other participants. The applicant’s organisation should fully support the applicant’s total participation for the duration of the programme. As the programme is conducted in English, the ability to work in English is essential.

Find out who was selected for the 2019 edition.

When and where?

The programme location alternates annually between Europe and Russia, with a new set of participants each year. Participants will get the opportunity to visit locations within a two-hour travel range, as well as experience first-hand the work of philanthropy and NGOs locally.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the next edition of the programme will take place in 2021. Stay tuned for further details.


There are no registration costs for the programme. Participants are responsible for covering the costs of travel to/from the programme location, including costs associated with visas; and accommodation costs. All other costs associated with the programme will be covered by the organisers.

About the organisers

The programme is funded by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and led by the EFC in partnership with the Vladimir Potanin Foundation

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation, an EFC member, is one of the largest private foundations in Russia and works towards developing a philanthropy culture, uniting creative professionals who play a key role in solving current public issues and achieving sustainable social change; and provides opportunities for new ideas and creates a favourable environment to make them come true.

The European Foundation Centre is an association of philanthropic organisations with members from across Europe and the globe, working to strengthen the sector and make the case for institutional philanthropy as a formidable means of effecting change.

More information

Please address any questions you may have to Sevda Kilicalp.

What some PLP: Russia-Europe alumni have to say about the programme:

This is a very important chance for European and Russian foundations and NGOs not only to see in detail what is going on, but also to better understand our complex world.

Oksana Oracheva

General Director, Vladimir Potanin Foundation

I really valued meeting colleagues from all across Europe, all across Russia. It really opened my eyes up to new ways of doing philanthropy, different challenges, but also the ways in which we can unite and come together.

Jenny Peachey

Senior Policy and Development Officer, Carnegie UK Trust

It was a valuable experience for me to learn how other people in ten more countries work to force the philanthropy to strengthen, progress, and to help people on the ground.

Tatiana Burieva

Deputy Director on Development and External Affairs, Arkhangelsk Centre of Social Technologies ‘’Garant’’

To me the key of these four days and what I'm taking away with me is the community, and a platform that we will be able to rely on, and get the support from that goes far beyond these four days spent together, and a support system and a network that will really give a lot to us in terms of our professional as well as personal development in the future.

Szilvia Kochanowski

Project Manager, European Cultural Foundation

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