"Good will" Charitable Foundation


For more information, contact:
Nikolai Geller, coordinator "Good Will"
E-mail: slk@etel.ru
Fax: (3432) 600-207

"Good will" is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, registered in 1994. The organization's goal is the establishment of a sustainable and influential non-governmental, non-profit sector in the Urals and its development into an authoritative and rightful democratic social institution.

Since its founding, Good will has conducted the following projects:

Needs assessment.

In 1995-1996 we investigated the current status of NGOs in Sverdlovskaya oblast, Permskaya oblast, Tyumen and Kurgan. Our research into the causes of their comparatively low effectivness and sustainability revealed several factors. For practical reasons we divided them into two major groups: "external" (belonging to the modern social, economic, political, legal, cultural, etc. installations of our country) and "internal" (belonging to the III sector itself). According to the evaluation of NGO leaders, opinion of experts and our own experience of work in different parts of Russia the insufficient development of infrastructure of the III sector, which have to provide different services for NGOs and to facilitate their rightful integration with the existent social/economic environment is one of the most significant and actual obstacle for progressive development of non-profit, non-government organizations among the "internal" factors.

Goal and objectives.

Strengthening the civil society institutions in Russia through the development of the infrastructure of the non-profit, non-governmental sector.

  1. To organize creative exchange of experience between organizations, which support independent civil initiatives in different regions of Russia;
  2. To evaluate the factors of their effectiveness and ineffectiveness;
  3. To promote long-term collaboration (net-working) between them;
  4. To work out the priorities/strategy of their joint activities;
  5. To raise the professionalism of the III sector trainers, consultants and other experts;
  6. To find out the ways of making support for NGOs more adequate and effective;
  7. To elaborate recommendations on building pluralist democratic society in Russia.

Recent Activities

All - Russia Conference of NGOs promoting Civil Society, Pluralist Democracy and Social Partnership.
See the Schedule of the May 1997 conference in Russian: (In Russian KOI-8 Fonts / In Russian Windows Fonts)

Approximately 30 representatives of the NGOs which support independent civil initiatives and local civil self-government (non-governmental sector) in more then 15 regions of Russia will be brought together to share their practical experience, to learn from each other, to establish lasting cooperation, to elaborate the strategy of joint activities, to evaluate results of their work, to create innovative methods of developing non-governmental sector.

Last updated:    November 1997

A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).

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