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The Foundation
The Foundation runs long-term scholarship and grant programs for talented students and faculty at Russia’s leading public and private higher educational institutions, as well as for museum staff, sports professionals, and experts in endowment creation and development.

The Foundation’s core principles are:


Our work approach ensures maximum transparency. We comply with clear principles and follow the rules. We report on the progress and results of our work to our partners and society.


We welcome creativity and innovation in any initiatives. We help every team member, partner, grantee and program participant unleash their creative potential.


In our work we are always focused on professional standards, from how we organize a workflow to partners we choose. We actively seek, explore, apply and disseminate best practices in our sphere. We are not ready to rest and aim to constantly progress. We strive to meet new challenges.


We take responsibility for what we do. We are guided by the idea “Do no harm” and carefully evaluate potential risks for our grantees and partners, making every effort to reduce or exclude them. The basis of our management decisions is objective, verified and full information.

Attention to personality

We believe that every individual is unique and offer a tailored approach for everyone. We respect the diversity of personal values, opinions, and appreciate that every person is different.


We provide equal opportunities for partnership to all our partners and program participants.


We are proactive in our work and involve all stakeholders to achieve positive sustainable change. We are open to experiment and innovative solutions. We support research, use and replication of new approaches, methods, technologies in our sphere.

Complex (results-oriented) approach

In our work we use a wide range of information, expert, educational, competitive models and tools. We are focused on tangible, measurable practical results and their long-term impact.

The Foundation staff have been active participants in building a community of professionals in the non-profit sector in Russia, promoting the use of best practices and modern methods in operating philanthropic organizations. 

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation is a member of the European Foundation Center and a founding member of Russia Donors Forum. 

Vladimir Potanin, the Foundation’s creator, is the founder and President of Interros and the President - Chairman of the Management Board of Norilsk Nickel, MMC.

Larisa Zelkova, the Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, is a member of the Russian Federation Presidential Council for Culture and Art and a member of the Public Council of the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture.

General Director: Oksana Oracheva
Address: ul. Tverskaya 16/1, Moscow, Russia 125009
Telephone: +7 (495) 149 3018

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