Rinat Akhmetov: The problem of orphanage is counting its last days

On 19 December, FC Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov along with the composer Igor Krutoy visited orphans from the Dnipropetrovsk region. During the visit, Rinat Leonidovich answered the questions from children and journalists.

– Rinat Leonidovich, what was the most difficult choice that you had to make in your life and what factors helped you make the right decision? Read more of this post


Aleksandr Feldman: “From the birth everyone inside has a genetic program to help each other.”

The famous philanthropist, people’s deputy of Ukraine Aleksandr Feldman told to the business newspaper “Delo” about the new business line of his Fund. And that is social entrepreneurship.

Aleksandr, you were among the first people who put the personal philanthropy beyond the corporate social accountability, by creating in 1997 the private Fund of Aleksandr Feldman. Are you still loyal to the chosen at that time business line?

Yes, of course. I think that targeted social assistance, protection of childhood and the preservation of cultural heritage are the foundation stones of my philanthropy. And each of these stones has its own social significance. Philanthropy is a way on which every person with self-respect will step. Every businessman on a certain stage of his life will eventually realize that business itself can’t be the only goal. The business will lose its essence, if its results are not targeted on goals that are beyond its frames.

“From birth everyone inside has a genetic program to help each other. This is a basis of the civil society development, I am sure”.

What do you think is the most important? And does the Fund have new business lines? Read more of this post

Yuriy Logush: Indifference is the main obstacle for philanthropy

Yuri Logush, vice president of Kraft International, chairman of the company “Kraft Foods Ukraine” told about the reasons that make him and his wife Tatyana support the literary contest “The Coronation of the Word“, about achievements and the innovations.

The idea of ​​establishing “The Coronation of the Word” (All-Ukrainian contest of manuscripts. – “Delo”) appeared in the late ’90s, when me and my wife Tanya came to Kiev bookstores searching for Ukrainian books, but we hardly found any!

And those that still were available, were gathering dust in the far corners of the shelves. Then we set a goal that each Ukrainian family was able to read in Ukrainian. At the time of Stalin’s purges about 250 writers were killed. We want to return to Ukraine the same number of new names.

And for today about 180 books were published – the winners of the contest.

And after we have established a literary contest, we wanted to share our achievements: to deliver new books to libraries, orphanages, boarding schools. That is how the idea of ​​creating the Fund “Art Skarbnitsya” (Art Treasury) appeared, meant to revive, promote and support еру Ukrainian culture and art. During the past five years, the Fund, leaded by Tatyana, has been holding annual charity masquerade ball “Carnival”, aimed to promote not only the noble entertainments, but also a noble tradition of philanthropy. Thanks to Fund “Art Skarbnitsya”, over 10 thousand books arrived to young readers from all over the country: Kiev, Zaporozhye, Sevastopol, Poltava.  We donate books to public libraries, orphanages, schools; we publish the books by the contest winners, and the readers buy them. Movies are made by works of authors of “The Coronation of the Word”   (“Button”, “They throw away the withered flowers” by I. Rozdobudko, “Dark Water” “The snake is crawling” by A. Kokotyukha), plays are staged (“Sweet Darusya” by M. Matios). I am extremely pleased to see how the competition is stimulating the authors for creative development: A. Kokotyukha, I. Rozdobudko, N. and A. Shevchenko are the novelists and screenwriters, A. Gavrosh combines the talents of the playwrighter and children’s writer, S. Mirny is as well both the screenwriter and novelist.

During the year the writers’ marathon is held inUkrainian cities, and every time our writers gather the full audience. It is already the promotion of reading in general – and this new level, which we didn’t even dreamt of, but have achieved.

In 2011, we will continue development of both “The Coronation of the Word” and “Carnival.”  The first one will introduce a new subnomination “The best work for children”, which will be awarded in each of the existing nominations: the best song for children, best screenplay for the children movie , best play and  novel for children. “Carnival” is now considering proposals for cooperation with other regions of Ukraine.

I believe, indifference is the major obstacle to the development of philanthropy in Ukraine, and, whether the lack of time, or opportunities to consider carefully the philanthropy matters. All of us should finally get rid of indifference to ourselves;  we should be open to the good, be prepared to do good personally.

Yuriy Logush for delo.ua



Charitable Programmes of Petro Poroshenko Foundation – interview with Petro Poroshenko

Why did you decide to go in for charity? What was the first impulse?
Every man, who has grown and been brought up in a proper family and society, cannot remain indifferent to problems that people around are facing. The realisation that there are people who desperately need your help gives you power and fosters the desire to help. It may sound pretentious, but if you are still capable of perceiving the pain of people as your own, you won’t be able to run charity.

What do you think of the opinion that the “charity is better done in secret”?
Charity should not be done in secret, but it also should not be done for advertising. In my opinion, the charity must become a standard for normal people. My Foundation has been operating for ten years, and we have tried not to demonstrate our activities, but just do what we have to do all this time. The idea has been to provide targeted aid, and we have been doing it not for someone to write about it or to show it, but to help. I believe that if you have done something good, then you have not spent in vain this very minute or hour or day at least.

Who makes decisions to grant funds for a programme?
The Supervisory Council of the Fund decides which programmes to fund.

Which programmes will be funded in the future?
All major programmes of the Fund will be continued. As regards new programmes, I can tell you that a contract is being prepared for the construction of a riverside quay in Vinnytsia. This is going to be our challenge to the crisis: we would like to demonstrate that the life is not stopping. Vinnytsia is a very precious city for me, and I would like it to be beautiful and attractive for its inhabitants, guests and tourists.

Did crisis influence your philanthropy?
Unfortunately, the crisis affected everything: the economy, the charity, the culture. However, it must not make us despondent, afraid or depressed. The crisis opens up new opportunities for everyone, for companies, for the country.

What is needed to develop philanthropy in Ukraine?
Look at the attitude to philanthropists before the revolution. Hospitals, schools, churches, houses of mercy and the best museums were built thanks to Tereshchenko, Brodsky, and Khanenko. These initiatives stirred up serious public support. Unfortunately, the memories of these kind and nice initiatives were destroyed in the 20th century.
Today, the business must be engaged into the charity in addition to paying taxes and salaries in order to return the respect to people and revive the nicest and most human feelings, the faith in goodness and mutual help. We need to restore the trust in entrepreneurs as a class, which keeps up the state with its labour. Entrepreneurs, rather than officials are the pillars of the state. They pay taxes and feed officials, and not vice versa. Latest polls point out to the increasing trust in entrepreneurs who are ahead of politicians and state authorities by a big margin. I consider this to be a good omen. People start realising the extent, to which an efficient businessman is important for the state.

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