The Gorbachev Foundation is an international non-governmental non-profit organization. Legal entities and individuals from any country may take part in the Foundation’s activities in a voluntary capacity. The Gorbachev Foundation has developed links of close cooperation with leading universities, foundations, international organizations, government bodies and non-governmental organizations in various countries all over the world.
The Gorbachev Foundation is one of the first independent think tanks in modern Russia. It conducts research into social, economic and political problems of critical importance at the current stage in Russian and world history. The Foundation seeks to promote democratic values as well as moral and humanist principles in the life of society.
The Foundation’s conceptual framework is based on the belief that in the age of globalization Russia and the rest of the world need new thinking – a new interpretation of the ideas of progress and humanism and evolving principles for a more equitable world order. The Foundation facilitates open-minded dialogue among experts and the public and wants to apply research findings for the benefit of civil society’s development and to help educate a new generation of scholars and politicians.
Main Areas of Activity
Since the Foundation’s inception its research work has focused on several areas, including global problems, economic, political and social problems and processes in Russia and in the world, the history of Perestroika in the USSR, and Russia’s recent history.
The Foundation has held a number of international and national conferences, seminars and Round Tables and published monographs and papers based on its research findings. Reports prepared by the Foundation have been submitted to the United Nations and other international organizations as well as to heads of states and governments, parliaments, heads of major corporations, and political, spiritual and opinion leaders. These reports, such as Global Security (prepared in cooperation with the Gorbachev Foundation/USA and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
in 1994), Russia’s National Interests and Security Problems
(1997, in Russian), Russia’s Self-Identification in a Globalizing World (2000, in Russian), Perestroika: Twenty Years Later (2005, in Russian) and Social Inequality and Public Policy
(2006, in Russian) have been well received by political leaders and the academic community.
Over the years of the Foundation’s existence, its President and research fellows have published dozens of books and brochures and hundreds of articles in periodicals in Russia and across the world.
Mikhail Gorbachev travels extensively in Russia and abroad attending international conferences, giving lectures and speeches and meeting with the public, young people, students, prominent political and public figures, members of parliament and representatives of the United Nations and other international organizations. The themes of his talks and lectures include problems of globalization and international security, combating poverty and backwardness, environmental challenges including the preservation of the planet’s water resources, economic cooperation, the future of democratic Russia, prospects of European unity, and others.
The former President of the Soviet Union and the Foundation’s researchers have given hundreds of lectures to various audiences. The Gorbachev Foundation has become a significant element in Russia’s emerging civil society. Among the participants in its research projects are respected scholars and researchers from Russia, other CIS states, the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, and other countries.
The Gorbachev Foundation attaches particular importance to humanitarian and charitable projects, a tradition which the Gorbachev family did much to revive and promote in Russia. While doing what it can to help patients in need of treatment and Russian medical institutions, the Foundation’s main emphasis has been on children’s health. The Foundation has given critically important help to Russia’s Research Institute of Pediatric Hematology to buy medical equipment and supplies, train physicians and medical personnel and implement advanced techniques to cure blood diseases. With direct financial support from the Foundation and its partners, the first Bone Marrow Transplantation Center for children with leukemia was established in Moscow, with several other similar centers in other regions of Russia.
Overall, the Gorbachev Foundation has channeled over million to various humanitarian programs. In raising the money the Gorbachev Foundation has relied on the support of its partners, including the American Cancer Society, charitable organizations in the United States and Germany, and individual philanthropists.
Raising funds to finance the construction of Raisa Gorbachev Center for Children’s Hematology and Marrow Transplantation in St. Petersburg has been the top priority in the Foundation’s charitable activities since 2002.
In 2006 the Raisa Gorbachev International Foundation
was established in London with the support of the Gorbachev Foundation, the Gorbachev family, and Alexander Lebedev, member of the Russian State Duma and President of the Charitable Reserve Fund
to finance projects aimed at combating childhood leukemia and cancer. The Foundation helped finance the construction of the Raisa Gorbachev Center for Children’s Hematology and Marrow Transplantation in St. Petersburg, which was inaugurated on September 20, 2007.