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The program goal is to improve the legal literacy of Russian nongovernmental organizations. With this grant, Legal Team will run a legal education and consultation service in 20 regions aimed at strengthening the capacity of Russian nongovernmental organizations to understand legal requirements, maintain proper documentation, and ensure regulatory compliance. It will also develop and disseminate a digest of frequently asked questions in order to provide easily accessible information on common questions. This experience will allow the grantee to inform the Ministry of Justice of problematic issues in the application of regulations affecting the nonprofit sector. The Moscow-based Legal Team was established in 2012 with a focus on strengthening the legal capacity of the not-for-profit sector in Russia. It emerged from Lawyers for Civil Society, a Russian nonprofit established with support from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and as such will draw on an existing regional network of specialist lawyers with expertise in noncommercial law.
The program goal is to enhance the development of community philanthropy globally. To this end, the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, housed within the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, runs an international community foundation fellowship program. Since its launch in 1989, the program has offered more than 170 emerging leaders and seasoned community foundation practitioners from foreign countries opportunities to learn about community foundations through an intensive graduate program of research, seminars, conferences, mentoring, and internships. A grant increase will support a survey assessment to document the impact program alumni have had in their communities as a result of their participation in the program. Founded in 1846, the City University of New York is among the nation's leading urban public universities. The university's Research Foundation was created to expedite and provide oversight of the management of funds obtained by faculty.
The Saint-Petersburg NGO Development Centre is the leading information, training, and networking resource center for nongovernmental organizations in Northwest Russia. This grant provides support for the center's continued efforts to build the nonprofit sector's capacity in this key Russian region. The center will broaden its work to support the efforts of all actors involved in developing social policy and implementing innovative social technologies in the region. It will do so by supporting and implementing cross-sectoral partnership projects in the health and social services fields, providing education and training to social change agents, conducting research on nonprofit sector and social development issues, and offering information and consulting services.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, supports non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in four countries in the Western Former Soviet Union — Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Our grants fund efforts to develop and strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, including the development of community foundations.
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