Elvira is Program Director of the Russian Donors’ Forum (RDF), a non-profit partnership of grant making organizations. The mission of the RDF is to support the development of a democratic civil society in Russia by enhancing the effectiveness of grant making.
The RDF pursues this mission through several kinds of activities:
- organizing the exchange of information between grantmakers and facilitating networks among them;
- providing useful and timely information relating to the operating environment for grant making;
- promoting minimum standards in the practice of grant making;
- making other services available for the organizational development of member institutions.
In the RDF Elvira had been responsible for the Endowments Program, the Top Corporate Philanthropist Award, the All-Russian Сompetition of NGOs’ Public Annual Reports. At present, Elvira is responsible for the work with the RDF members and engagement of new participants in the partnership.
During her participation in the Programme, she focused on learning more about current philanthropic practices in the UK, the system of endowments and the way they operate, as well as the mechanism that supports the Gift Aid system.
Elvira holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Manchester.