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Photo by Y. Ivanko. Mos.ru
More than 10 billion rubles are allocated annually to support non-profit organizations.
On February 27, Moscow celebrates the World Day of Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs). There are 6.5 thousand socially oriented NGOs in the capital. They support seriously ill people, help low-income families and large families, rescue homeless animals, engage in patriotic education and education of young people, teach first aid, promote a healthy lifestyle, promote sports and much more. Thanks to their work, thousands of Muscovites receive the necessary assistance every year. We talk about the development of the non-profit sphere and how the city helps organizations to do good deeds.
Moscow Mayor Grant Competition
Every year Moscow hosts a competition for grants of the Mayor of Moscow for socially oriented non-profit organizations. In order to receive help from NGOs as many people as possible, the format of the competition was updated in 2020. Previously, only NGOs that had been registered in Moscow for more than a year could submit their projects to it. Now, another category of participants has appeared – young organizations that have been working for more than six months.
The amount of grants was also increased. Participants who have been active for more than 12 months could apply for a grant of up to five million rubles. Their younger colleagues – up to 500 thousand rubles. The total amount of support that NGOs receive annually for the implementation of their projects is 400 million rubles.
It also became easier to apply for participation in the competition. Now, this requires only three documents: the charter, a letter of guarantee and a statement. Thanks to changes last year, twice as many NGOs joined the competition than the year before, and 462 organizations did so for the first time. 183 NGOs became winners, 125 of them received the city’s support for the first time.
Charity service on mos.ru
In October last year, the mos.ru portal was launched charity service… The idea of its creation was proposed by the charitable organizations themselves.
Thanks to the service, Muscovites who regularly pay for services and bills through mos.ru can also donate money to programs of trusted funds. At the same time, users themselves choose whom they want to help, and determine the amount for support. Disbursement reports are published quarterly on the website “Soulful Moscow”.
Since the start of the charity service, the townspeople have made 9054 payments totaling over 2.3 million rubles. The average amount of one transfer is 257 rubles.
Any socially oriented NGO that is included in the register of charitable organizations in the city of Moscow can join the charity service. To date, the service presents 30 programs of the capital’s charitable foundations. Among them are those who help seriously ill children and homeless animals, provide humanitarian assistance to large families, organize social rehabilitation for people with disabilities, and much more. You can find out how to join the service here.
The mos.ru charity service was developed by the Moscow Department of Information Technologies in cooperation with the Public Relations Committee and the Public Chamber of Moscow.
Network of NGO coworking centers
To support socially oriented NGOs, a network of coworking centers was created on the basis of the Moscow House of Public Organizations. These are 11 modern premises located in different districts of Moscow.
In any of the centers for employees of non-profit organizations, a single set of services is provided. For example, there are individual workplaces, meeting rooms, concert and exhibition halls for work or events. In 2020, this service was used almost 4.5 thousand times.
If an NGO does not yet have its own experience in organizing events, then the team of the coworking center will come to the rescue. The staff will help coordinate all the participants, tell you what needs to be foreseen so that everything goes according to plan. Last year, non-profit organizations, with the support of a network of coworking centers, held about 700 events, including in an online format, over 60 thousand people took part in them.
In addition, non-profit organizations can contact the centers for information support, organization of photo and video filming of events, and also use the services of a printing house.
Educational program “NCO Lab”
A separate area of support for non-profit organizations is the educational program of the network of coworking centers “NKO Lab”… About seven thousand people become its participants annually.
The main goal of NCO Lab is to help non-profit organizations to effectively organize their work. As part of the educational program for employees of non-profit organizations, free master classes and webinars of Russian and foreign experts on the development of the non-profit sector are organized. During the events, relevant topics are considered on all aspects of the activities of NGOs – from fundraising and accounting to promotion on the Internet and the basics of reportage shooting.
And for those who are just starting their way in charity, a special three-month course “Management and development of a non-profit organization” has been developed, which is devoted to the main aspects and features of the activities of non-profit organizations.
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