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Educational Center

In order to improve the education level of the NPO staff we assist employees with studies, taking all the costs on our balance. In cooperation with leading schools and partners we develop new training programs as well as organize our own activities. We are working under a number of one-day events which should help the foundations to lift up their skills in fundraising, public relations, financial management and many other areas of NPO activities.

We have already invited with lectures such professionals as Northeastern University professor Rick Arrowood, an expert in the field of philanthropy, Dmitry Stepanov, Yandex media-service director, Helen Pinchuk, international projects director of communication agency Mikhailov & Partners, Tatiana Nikulshina, one of the well-known industry leaders in strategic communications, Mikhail Chernyshev, marketing director of VKontakte, Roman Domonov, Uralsib Asset Management vice-president and some others. Furthermore, we have a strong collaboration with Skolkovo Moscow School of Management and the British Higher School of Art & Design.

We are interested in enriching the field with more talented professionals and we understand that the competence of employees significantly influences the total professional level of work of an philanthropy organization. This year Friends Foundation contributed in education of seven students who participate in 2-year program developed by The Vladimir Potanin Foundation and Skolkovo Moscow Business School.

The competence of employees significantly influences the total professional level of work of an philanthropy organization

Project Status:

The third educational module of the educational program developed in a cooperative effort between The Potanin Foundation and Skolkovo Business School has finished, the lectures of the invited guests start in September. Other educational programs are in the planning stage.

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