Donations to Russian NGOs fell in July

Help Needed: July donations to NGOs fell in comparison with June


According to the benchmarking report for NGOs in July 2020.

On 19 August, the Help Needed foundation, together with Yandex.Money, presented a benchmarking report on NGOs for July 2020.

According to the results of the study, July 2020 saw a fall in donations against June 2020, for most areas of the foundation’s activities. However, if we compare the current figures with last year’s, there is a noticeable increase in donations to three specific areas.

Donations have increased to NGOs working with socially vulnerable groups, in the field of medicine and healthcare, and solving environmental problems.

Out of these areas, assistance for socially vulnerable groups has received the largest donations, at 873 roubles — this is a 25% increases versus 2019, but 13% reduction from last month. A similar shift has been observed for “Ecology, man and nature”.

Medicine and healthcare remains the only area which has not seen a drop in donations. At 430 roubles, this is 15% more than in 2019 and 2% more than last month.

In the two remaining areas, “Human Rights” and “Culture, science and education”, the researchers noted only negative trends: July donations have fallen into the negative territory, in comparison with both the previous month and the previous year.


The project Benchmarking NGO Fundraising Activities is a tool that will help NGO managers to be aware of the how their organisation’s work is changing. Thanks to benchmarking, which is the regular measurement and comparison of performance indicators, NGOs will be able to compare themselves with their colleagues in the sector, understand whether their previous work was successful, and based on this information, adjust their strategy in time. This project was launched in November 2019 by the Help Needed foundation, together with Yandex.Money. This is part of the analytical platform To Be Precise, which collects statistical data from the open websites of government agencies, non-government and non-profit organisations, as well as other alternative sources. The project was implemented as part of the Effective Philanthropy programme, with the support of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.


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