George Young

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12 February 2019

Download the 2019 Russia Giving report here.

When it comes to giving to charity, young Russians are more generous with their time and money than their older counterparts.

That’s according to the Russia Giving report released today. This was commissioned by CAF Russia, partner of the Charities Aid Foundation, an international charity that works to grow giving and strengthen civil society.

The report shows that amongst Russians who donated money to charity in the last 12 months, those aged under 45 gave significantly more than those aged 45 or more (12,252 rubles vs. 3,616 rubles).

Younger Russians are also more likely to have volunteered in the last year; 29% of 18-24 year olds did so compared with just 10% of those aged 55 or more. Younger generations tend to be more positive about the impact of charities as well, particularly on their local communities – 57% of 18-24 year olds think the impact is positive compared to a low of 41% of those aged 55 or over.

The report provides a greater understanding than ever before of how Russians give back to charity, across different ages and social groups. Other key findings of the research include:

  • Around half of people in Russia think that charities have a positive influence internationally and on their own local community. 55% say that charities have a positive impact on Russia as a whole
  • Fewer people in this year’s survey report taking part in charitable activity during the last 12 months; (61%, down from 67% in 2017)
  • Giving using cash is the most common method of donation (44% of donors); this is followed by giving online with a bank/credit card (36%) and via text (35%)
  • Caring about the cause is the most common reason for donating (45% of donors); 38% donate to help people less fortunate than themselves
  • Supporting children (orphans, seriously ill children, children with disabilities) is the most popular cause to donate to in Russia (57% of donors)

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Commenting on the report, Maria Chertok, Director of CAF Russia adds:

“This is our second annual Russia Giving report, and over time, we aim to shine a light on the diverse trends developing in Russian civil society.

“Young Russians born after the fall of the Soviet Union are revealed to be generous with both their time and money. Although it’s difficult to say for certain, this is probably due to the fact that older Russians who grew up in Soviet times were unaccustomed with the concept of large-scale charitable giving. We look forward to monitoring these findings and tracking Russian civil society as it matures in the coming years.”

Notes to editors:


This report is based on data collected by YouGov on behalf of CAF. In Russia, 1,009 interviews were completed online between 2nd and 31st August 2018. The survey was conducted using YouGov’s panel partner, Toluna, an international online panel provider.

The sample is nationally representative and is weighted to known population data on demographics including age, gender and region.

Differences are reported at the 95% confidence level (the level of confidence that the results are a true reflection of the whole population). The maximum margin of error (the amount of random sampling error) is calculated as ±3%.

About CAF

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is a leading international charity registered in the United Kingdom.  CAF exists to make giving go further, so that more lives and communities around the world can be transformed.

CAF is a charity and a champion for better giving, and for over 90 years has helped donors, companies, charities and social organisations make a bigger impact. Through CAF Bank, it offers simple and straightforward day-to-day banking, designed exclusively for charities.

We are CAF and we make giving count.

About CAF Global Alliance

The CAF Global Alliance is a leading international network of independent, locally led organisations working at the forefront of philanthropy and civil society. It is a champion for better giving and civil society and harnesses local knowledge and expertise to help donors, companies and civil society make a bigger impact. Last year more than 70,000 charities received over £500m in donations in more than 100 countries.

Download the 2019 Russia Giving report


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