About the initiative

In December 2016, the meeting of the Supervisory Board of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives approved the strategic initiative “Developing Volunteerism in the Regions”.

At the same time, the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin instructed the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation to prepare a roadmap for developing volunteerism, in collaboration with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

Volunteerism in Russia

RUB 16.4 billion
the possible annual values of the voluntary labor resources in the non-profit sector
50 %
of people are ready to become volunteers
man-hours per month is the average labor per one Russian volunteer
up to 15 %
of the population are involved in volunteer activities

Volunteerism covers various areas of people’s activities – from targeted assistance to vulnerable groups (social volunteerism) to environmental protection (environmental volunteerism) and attracts people regardless of their gender and age. Considering the contribution of volunteers to the socio-economic development of the territories, the UN General Assembly recommended raising public awareness of the value and opportunities of volunteerism and promoting favorable conditions for participation in voluntary activities.  

In 2014, in the United States, about 63 million Americans became volunteers, having worked 7.9 billion hours; the monetary equivalent of the volunteer labor exceeded $ 184 billion. The economic potential of volunteer activities in Canada exceeded, in terms of values, the agricultural industry and automotive engineering.

Key barriers to the developing volunteerism in Russia

  • lack of a clear definition of the term “volunteer” in the law;
  • lack of a clear mechanism for interaction of public authorities and their subordinate institutions with volunteers
  • lack of a preferential tax treatment of transactions related to payment for transport and catering of volunteers by organizers of volunteer activities
  • limited access to premises and equipment for organization of volunteer activities
  • restrictions for the participation of volunteers in regional tenders for grants allocated to socially oriented non-profit organizations
  • low level of public awareness about the practices of citizen participation

Standard of Volunteer Support in the regions

The Agency for Strategic Initiatives has developed the Standard of Volunteer Support in the regions. The standard is based on the best practices of governmental support to volunteerism in Russia and abroad. For the purposes of illustrating the 9 steps of the Standard, the Agency prepared the best practice book

Organizational and legal support
1Adopting the regulations for interaction between regional government bodies and social non-profit organizations 2Appointment of a person responsible for developing volunteerism in the region at a level not lower than the deputy head of the Constituent Entity of the Russian Federation 3Establishing the Volunteer Council
Infrastructure support
4Opening resource centers
Financial support
5Provision of grants and subventions to voluntary organizations
Information and methodological support
6Providing information support and promoting volunteerism 7Training of volunteers and officials
Motivation for volunteering
8Development of incitement measures for volunteers 9Assessing the Standard implementation

The Standard will allow for

  • ensuring equal access of all ages to volunteer opportunities, taking into account their motivation;
  • uniting the resources of business, non-profit and educational organizations in the implementation of joint volunteer programs on the basis of state and municipal institutions and volunteer centers;
  • strengthening citizens’ confidence in the non-profit sector, and providing socially-oriented non-profit organizations with human resources for their development;
  • improving the efficiency of the organization of volunteer activities;
  • attracting additional extra-budgetary funds to the social sphere.

Standard implementation in the regions

  • Arkhangelsk Region
  • Belgorod Region
  • Bryansk Region
  • Chelyabinsk Region
  • Chuvash Republic
  • Ivanovo Region
  • Kaluga Region
  • Kamchatka Territory
  • Kemerovo Region
  • Khabarovsk Territory
  • Kirov Region
  • Kostroma Region
  • Krasnodar Territory
  • Krasnoyarsk Territory
  • Kursk Region
  • Leningrad Region
  • Lipetsk Region
  • Moscow
  • Moscow Region
  • Nenets Autonomous Area
  • Novgorod Region
  • Novosibirsk Region
  • Orenburg Region
  • Penza Region
  • Perm Territory
  • Republic of Bashkortostan
  • Republic of Dagestan
  • Republic of Karelia
  • Republic of Komi
  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
  • Republic of Tatarstan
  • Rostov Region
  • Ryazan Region
  • Samara Region
  • Saratov Region
  • Sverdlovsk Region
  • Tambov Region
  • Tula Region
  • Tyumen Region
  • Udmurt Republic
  • Ulyanovsk Region
  • Vladimir Region
  • Volgograd Region
regions give lectures
in schools and universities
for youth education
regions hold regular
localvolunteer fora
regions issue diplomas,
letter of gratitude
and other insignia
regions provide
guidelines on developing
established awards
in the field of volunteering
regions adopted
the concept of developing
regions hold
regular local
volunteer campaigns
regions delegated
the support to volunteerism
to bodies of youth policy
regions collect data
on the needs for engaging volunteers with the help of government bodies