Our charity programme is prepared at the year-end of each year and is subject to approval by Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board. Most charity projects of the Bank are implemented on a long-term basis for 10 and more years. Every year new socially important organisations become Vnesheconombank’s beneficiaries.
For many years, Vnesheconombank has been supporting a number of specialised healthcare institutions such as the Research Institute of Children’s Oncology and Haematology at Blokhin Cancer Research Centre, Moscow Regional Psychoneurological Hospital for Children with CNS Diseases, the First Hospice for Children with Oncologic Diseases, etc. The Bank’s beneficiaries also include organisations that support socially vulnerable groups: orphans and children without parental care, World War II veterans, families of servicemen who died in conflict zones, and disabled persons.
In 2013, Vnesheconombank transferred all amounts planned to be spent for corporate New Year holiday events and for gifts to customers and partners to the Leninsk Central District Hospital in the Jewish Autonomous Region that provided first medical and specialised aid to victims of an extraordinary flood that occured in the Far East.
For many years, within the framework of cooperation with major Russian research, education, culture and arts institutions, Vnesheconombank has been supporting Moscow’s Pyotr Fomenko Studio theatre, the Academy of Young Opera Singers of Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Moscow Kremlin’s museums, and the Polytechnic Museum. We also pay scholarships to the most gifted students of MGIMO University, Moscow State University, the Financial University and the Higher School of Economics.
The history of the Mariinsky Theatre dates back to 1783 when the opening ceremony of the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre was held at the Carousel Square in Saint Petersburg. The theatre got its current name in 1859 after the reigning Empress Maria Aleksandrovna, the wife of Alexander II. Over more than two centuries, the theatre gave the world many great artists and strengthened the traditions of the Russian musical scene. In 2013, the Mariinsky Theatre celebrated its 230th anniversary.
Vnesheconombank has been supporting the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers since its very inception in 1998. Over the period, the Academy brought up many generations of young talents from across Russia, CIS countries,
Western Europe and America. The Academy’s lead singers take part in operas staged by the Mariinsky Theatre, in numerous music festivals in Russia and other countries, and have repeatedly become winners or runners-up of many prestigious international competitions.
Vnesheconombank attaches special importance to its support to the Russian Orthodox Church aimed at preserving the historical and cultural heritage, reviving moral values and sharing them with the younger generations. In 2013, Vnesheconombank supported the construction of more than 10 temples, churches and monasteries in Russia and the orthodox Saint George Monastery in the town of Getschendorf (Germany). The Bank also continued its involvement in the project for construction of the Centre for Spiritual Development of Children and Youth at the Moscow Danilov Monastery.
Support to professional athletes is a top priority for Vnesheconombank’s charitable activities. In 2013, the Bank supported the country’s sports federations and national volleyball, bicycle and rugby teams and took part in the preparation for the World Football Cup 2018.
Since 2010, Vnesheconombank has launched a new charity initiative supporting conservancy projects that seek to preserve the biodiversity. The Bank’s permanent beneficiaries in this area already include the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Pripyatsky national parks, and the Eurasian Centre of Saving Far Eastern Leopards.