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Maria Chertok

Maria Chertok 13 September 2017

Great expectations

The fact that the ECFI (European Community Foundations Initiative – a project run by the Association of German Foundations) conference was the first ever European conference of community foundations was a mind blowing fact in …

Maria Chertok 11 January 2017

Did you know Russia is in the South? (The Global South, that is…)

I am so excited that finally someone nailed this Global South expression! I always do my best to avoid using it as it feels confusing to me almost on a physical level. From the context …

News Maria Chertok, Caroline Hartnell and Jenny Hodgson 15 November 2016

South Africa’s Bhekinkosi Moyo wins fourth Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize

It is with great pleasure and pride that we can now announce the winner of the fourth Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize: Bhekinkosi Moyo, executive director of the Southern Africa Trust and chair of the Africa …

1 Maria Chertok and CAF Russia 30 November 2015

Notes from Emerging Markets Philanthropy forum in Beijing

The first Emerging markets philanthropy forum took place in Russia in July 2013, hosted by the Russian Donors Forum. The second forum held in Beijing last week built on the enthusiasm and feeling of common …

Maria Chertok and CAF Russia 29 October 2014

Russian giving generous but not thought-out

Russians give more than is generally believed, according to a new report from CAF Russia called Russia Giving. The research finds that over 40 per cent of the population (33 million people) have given money …

Maria Chertok and CAF Russia 9 July 2013

Emerging Societies, Emerging Philanthropies International Forum: Starting dialogue about donor education

Emerging philanthropic cultures face many challenges – among them lack of tradition, inadequate legal and fiscal environment – and at the same time have lots of opportunities. Growing local high net worth donors is an …

Special feature Maria Chertok 1 March 2013

Shapes and colours of emerging markets philanthropy

This article is based on those nominations for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize that did not make it to the shortlist for the reasons explained in the special supplement in this magazine. Many of them …

1 Maria Chertok and CAF Russia 28 September 2012

USAID: thank you and goodbye!

I recently made a decision not to write about Russian politics in my next piece for this blog. Alas, I can’t keep this promise as our government once again decided to get engaged in agenda-setting …

Special feature Maria Chertok 1 September 2012

Data for what?

As I see it, the key tension when it comes to data is between the general desire to have data about everything in all possible detail and its ultimate usability. The most popular generic project …

Maria Chertok and CAF Russia 24 May 2012

Russian NGOs and civil society: under influence?

‘There is a war against Russia. It is an announced information war which involves hundreds and thousands of people, agencies and organizations. Taking advantage of the imperfect and out-dated Russian legislation, multimillion dollar budgets come …