Social responsibility

Social responsibility


SFI pursue socially important projects supporting culture, sports, healthcare, arts, education and spirituality via SAFMAR Charitable Foundation (SAMFAR CF, or the Foundation).

These projects mainly aim to support complex personal development of individuals, promote healthy lifestyles, and develop large-scale fitness and sports activities. All programmes of the Foundation meet the criteria of transparency, clear articulation of strategy, and consistency in implementation. In the course of its activities, the Fund leverages best Russian charitable practices.

In 2020, SAFMAR CF essentially focused on combating the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects.

The Foundation implements its programmes in accordance with the following principles:

  • Informational transparency
  • Financial transparency
  • Accountability
  • Targeted aid
  • Expert-based approach
  • Meaningful social impact

SAFMAR CF in 2020:

areas of charitable activities
dedicated charitable programmes
Russian regions covered
bn rub
of dedicated financing

Key regions of SAFMAR CF’s operations, 2020

  • Moscow and the Moscow Region
  • St Petersburg
  • Republic of Udmurtia
  • Orenburg
  • Saratov Region
  • Krasnoyarsk Territory
  • Krasnodar Territory
  • Amur Region
  • Yaroslavl Region
  • Republic of Chechnya
  • Republic of Ingushetia
  • Republic of Mordovia
  • Volgograd Region
  • Other russian regions

The Fund is supervised by the Foundation Council, the Board of Trustees and the Revision Commission. SAFMAR CF is part of Donors Forum, a non-profit grant-making partnership that unites the largest charitable foundations in Russia. The members of Donors Forum strive to bring about a professional charitable community in Russia and promote best charitable practices.

Key areas of charitable activities
of SAFMAR CF in 2020

SAFMAR CF supports vibrant cultural forums in Russia, with celebrities of international acclaim among the attendees. In 2020, the Foundation helped stage the Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi directed by Yuri Bashmet and a concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Victory on Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd. Both events made the headlines in Russia. Sponsored by SAFMAR CF, the Winter Arts Festival in Sochi presented as many as three world premieres of opuses by Oscar Bianchi, Toshio Hosokawa and Nicola Campogrande and the first gala concert of opera stars as part of the Opera for Peace international project. The festival also included numerous educultural projects, lectures, workshops and interactive activities hosted by various venues.

On 24 June 2020 foundation helped stage a concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War in the heroic city of Volgograd that took place on the foothills of the world-famous Motherland Calls monument on Mamayev Kurgan.The concert featured the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra directed by Yuri Bashmet, as well as Denis Matsuev, Igor Butman and other opera, theatre and movie stars. They performed a unique musical programme based on songs and poems from the war years. The guests of honour included veterans, city residents who witnessed the Battle of Stalingrad, and relatives and friends of those who took part in it. The unique concert was broadcast live for everyone to watch.

In this domain, SAFMAR CF provides assistance in building sports infrastructure, organising competitions, buying sports equipment and gear for young athletes, and promoting youth sports in Russian regions. The Foundation has been sponsoring youth teams and running programmes set to promote mass sports and fitness in the Krasnodar Territory, Amur Region and other places across Russia. One of the most important focus areas for SAFMAR CF is supporting youth hockey in the Republic of Udmurtia. Over the past three years, it has helped commission nine new ice sports facilities across Udmurtia. 2020 saw the Tarasov Golden Puck All-Russian Youth Hockey Tournament held in the region and the Ice Arena MOZHGA constructed and commissioned in the town of Mozhga, with both events sponsored by SAFMAR CF. The latter became the town’s main sporting venue for grassroots sports such as ice hockey, figure skating, and curling. The sports facility will offer a plenty of training grounds for children and adults, including ice hockey, figure skating, rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts, and basketball. In 2020, SAFMAR CF helped buy and fully equip two rinks for young hockey players in the Amur Region.

With its aid, the Foundation helps preserve the health of young generations, develop mass sports, and promote healthy lifestyles.

In 2020, SAFMAR CF essentially focused on preventing the COVID-19 outbreak and combating its effects. The Foundation and the Bakulev National Medical Research Centre of Cardiovascular Surgery joined efforts to implement the Stop Coronavirus dedicated charitable programme. SAFMAR CF helped the Centre create a separate unit for patients with COVID-19 by re-equipping one of its facilities and deploying red zone wards. Amid severe shortages, the Foundation was also purchasing protective gear and suits, equipment and medicines on its own and donating them to the Centre.

The Foundation also continued to support disabled children with serious health conditions. More than 200 kids benefited from a range of programmes, including costly check-ups and combination therapy at the National Medical Research Centre for Children’s Health under the Russian Ministry of Health and rehabilitation at Russia’s major health providers, such as the Adeli Centre in Izhevsk, which SAFMAR CF helped commission and provide with unique equipment. In 2020, the Foundation helped purchase medical and rehabilitation equipment for children with cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.

Each year, SAFMAR CF helps Russian medical workers save hundreds of children and adults. Its programmes are designed to enhance facilities and resources of healthcare providers and make high-quality healthcare affordable.

In 2020, the Foundation continued to cooperate with leading universities, with all programmes being jointly revised and going online as far as possible. Awareness-building lectures, scientific conferences and presentations continued to take place. During the pandemic, all basic educational activities remained available to the public. In 2020, SAFMAR CF ran joint projects with New Economic School, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, and European University at Saint Petersburg. The Foundation also helped the Graduate School of Innovative Business at Lomonosov Moscow State University purchase a NEXT II automated scanning probe microscope.

SAFMAR CF has been a contributor to enhancing facilities and resources of educational institutions, improving the education process and promoting a friendly training environment to nurture talent.

SAFMAR CF lends a helping hand in reviving holy sites, building and restoring churches, mosques and synagogues. Such support is essential to churches, as many of them are of great architectural value and therefore require the utmost care and top restoration talent.

In 2020, the Foundation provided support for icon painting at the Central Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, which is the crown jewel of the Saint Barsanuphius Monastery in the Republic of Mordovia. This is a ten-domed snow-white cross-insquare church with a bell tower that offers a picturesque view of the vast countryside. Hundreds of pilgrims from all over Russia come to venerate its relics every year. SAFMAR CF provided funds to paint the murals of the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ with the images of saints such as Saint Anthony of the Caves, Sarah of Egypt, Paisius Nyametsky, Paul of Thebes, Theodosius the Great, and others. The majestic murals became a true decoration of the Cathedral, making it look heavenly. The aid by Mikhail Gutseriev’s foundation made it possible to preserve this Orthodox shrine as an important spiritual attraction for Orthodox Christians in the Republic of Mordovia.

SAFMAR CF runs a number of projects and programmes to support cultural and educational activities, help preserve the system of core ethical values, and bolster tolerance and humanity. It has built strong partnerships with non-profit, religious and mentoring organisations such as the Religious Board of Muslims of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Jewish Community Centre, Torah MiTzion, a local Orthodox Judaism organisation, etc. The Foundation has been sponsoring international exhibitions, contests and events, including those aimed at instilling ethical and patriotic values in younger generations. Another important focus area for SAFMAR CF is supporting publishers. It provides financial aid to support publishing of socio-cultural and literary and art magazines (including children’s) and fiction books with a view to donating them to schools, libraries, non-governmental organisations and orphanages across Russia. In 2020, SAFMAR CF helped publish and distribute 16 books with a total circulation of 12,200 copies. The Foundation has been a contributor to reanimating and popularising the reading culture, instilling ethical and patriotic values in younger generations, and creating new opportunities for the public to shape consciously patriotic attitudes to, and views on the national history, culture and literature.

In this domain, SAFMAR CF has been rolling out a wide range of relevant initiatives covering various facets of social life. In an effort to preserve and develop national cultural and historic traditions and the culture of cherishing one’s native land, the Foundation has been sponsoring vibrant cultural and historical forums, environmental contests, festivals, and traditional Russian celebrations. In 2020, SAFMAR CF implemented a number of projects to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory and to perpetuate the memory of those years and the heroism of common people who were the main force behind it, including by developing the Alley of Heroes memorial site in Sorochinsk, Orenburg Region, preparing and handing over gifts to veterans, etc.

The Foundation also helped purchase seedlings of spruce, lime, chestnut, apple, jasmine, mountain ash, snowball, sod, thuja and other trees as part of an environmental campaign in the Krasny Kommunar settlement, Orenburg Region. The planting of greenery created an additional green shield for the village and improved the environmental situation there. SAFMAR CF seeks to strengthen the link between generations, preserve the unique Russian culture, make the treasures of musical arts available to wide audiences, and set an example of a responsible attitude towards the nature.