The IWC Charities Group is run by members from many different countries who want to work together to reach out to people in this country and make the difference. The purpose is to ensure that the IWC Charities Group is able to help those who need it. As the IWC Charities Group is run by volunteers, there are no administrative costs included, so all donations go directly to those in need.
As a women’s organization we have decided to focus our primary attention on children. We have based this decision on the fact that children represent a society’s future, thus providing an opportunity to invest for the longer term and that in many cases intervention can be life-changing – for the child, for the family and beyond.
The IWC Charities Fund is an integral and vital part of the International Women’s Club of Moscow.
Our aim is to help those in need!
Our charity work began in Russia in 1988, so we have already been serving the people of this country for 40 years! We are fully supported by the donations gathered via various IWC charity events organized through the year. Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends of IWC, we can support several long term projects. Depending on the current financial statement, we also provide once-off help to people in critical or unexpected life situations. Our project leaders meet those we are taking care of. Seeing them on a regular basis we can guarantee that the money of our donors is spent wisely. We care about the transparency of our expenses - every single Ruble is spent only after the agreement of the Charity Board’s steering committee. Ladies who are volunteering for IWC Charity do it for free, but with as much effort as if it were their own paid work.
Every year we organize a few charity events with two main big events - IWC Winter Bazaar and the IWC Embassies Dinner & Ball. As we would like to use every possibility to raise funds, we also organize further events during the year such as the IWC Meet & Greet meetings. We organize them with the help of volunteers and we are always happy to welcome ladies, who would like to develop and maintain their organisational skills. The Winter Bazaar is the IWC’s largest charity fundraiser, and an important social and cultural event. The continual success of the IWC Winter Bazaars is related to the generosity and support from the Embassies and Business Communities. During the event, we also provide a program of solidarity and fun to the thousands of foreign and local participants. The revenues from the Bazaar goes integrally to various charity projects, monitored and supervised by the IWC Charities.
The IWC Charities Group has its own Treasurer , who is responsible for keeping the cash flow and collecting the acknowledgements and receipts received from supported charity projects.
What do we support?
In charity work, we focus our support on: Children from poor and unstable families, in orphanages or other institutions and those in medical need. Elderly and destitute (pensioners, homeless). Our Donation Office collects and redistributes second hand items (clothes, shoes, home equipment - all still in good condition) to various charities. If you want to get involved in a charity, want to support us or have any ideas how to improve our work, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, find all the charity projects active for 2020-2021.
Part of our funds go to the Elderly and Destitute (EAD), mostly pensioners and homeless.
Separately, the IWC Charities Group also runs the Donations Office (DON), which collects and redistributes items to various charities. To learn more about the Donations Office click here.
We have a very structured Charities Board, which supports and monitors every penny spent. The board works closely with the IWC committee.
How can you help?
It is possible in different ways - please find yours:
- buying Raffles at the Meet & Greet and other IWC meetings;
- participating in IWC Charity events like Winter Bazaar, Ball, artist auction;
- donating money;
- bringing your friends or business companies to support IWC Charities Fund helping us reach more partners;
- helping us organize charity events donating your pieces of work or anything you would like to share or put on an auction or raffle prizes;
- volunteering your time and your personal skills with pensioners or children;
- donating used clothing, shoes, household items, canned food in the donation office or charity institutions;
- YOUR OWN IDEAS…
You can help us organize our charity events throughout the year. This will enable you to use and develop your organizational and negotiation skills. We need people, contacting and searching for partners among the business community, approaching the Embassies, hotels, galleries, churches, etc for organizing social, art or professional events. You can also bring us your ideas to gather more funds for charities.Are you interested in helping? We have many different roles available within the IWC Charities Group.
The challenge many members face is finding the time to volunteer. If you are unsure about how much time to spare, contact us and we can help you on the different volunteering opportunities we have for you, feel free to contact us with your questions to email@example.com
List of projects we are financing in 2021-2022
In season 2020-2021 we supported our charity projects with donations of 4,790,800 rubles. Thanks to all donors!
Tourmaline was founded in 2003 in Moscow. Its main goal is the improvement of people’s lives through rehabilitation, work and social integration.
Among other creative activities, volunteers and benefactors have lunch together. They set the table, clean up, teach social skills and norms of behavior at the table. IWC has been financing food and drink supplies for these lunches since 2013.
Charity Fund "Metis" has existed for over 20 years helping children from mixed families whose fathers left to their motherland and do not support their families.
Children are brought up by single mothers and sometimes by grandmothers. They are low-income large families and some of them with disabled children.
Metis is involved in different programs: educational, food support (IWC), organization of parties for those children and others.
IWC has been supporting this organization providing food bags for those families since 2015.
Don Bosco is a Charitable children Center named after Ioann Bosco (was founded in 1995), supporting 12 children living in two flats on Malaya Gruzinskaya and another 40 receiving food. Later in 1999 with a sponsorship help - an old kindergarten was bought and rebuilt. The center started to operate in 2001 and received donations from IWC.
It’s not an orphanage, but a shelter run by a Catholic order, as children live there up to 3 years, many of them have parents, which at the moment cannot take care of them.
IWC is financing the rend of a flat for homeless people.
The situation with Corona is affecting the homeless population in Moscow dramatically. Many organizations have stopped the distribution of food, the parishes are closed, the restaurants are closed and it is difficult to find food in the city, the "desert" in the city does not allow the poor to find help easily. In this situation the Community of Sant'Egidio in Moscow has decided not to close its services, which have actually intensified. Currently every day a service of Sant'Egidio volunteers is open (distribution of meals on the street, listening and laundry center, etc.). However, the costs have increased significantly, because the volume of help we give has increased (distribution of wet wipes, disinfectant, drinking water, etc.) and because the number of people who turn to our organization has grown. IWC is financing "humanitarian kits" (each costs around 250 rubles) for about 300 people per week.
In “Humanitarian kits” there are: hot meal, fruit, canned food, wet wipe, bottle of water, bread, disinfectant, etc.”.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Community of St.Egidio increased its services in the city of Moscow to respond to the new needs and the new poverty created by the economic crisis. Among the new projects launched, there is the "Center on Giliarovskij", a center where the elderly, the poor, and large families can come to collect a package of food and clothes once a month. The project, which requires a special place to store food and clothes has also become an eco-sustainable project. In fact, the center has become a place where anyone can bring used clothes, which are rearranged and donated. The center, which is open twice a week for visitors, currently has about 500 members enrolled. In the center, customers can choose and try clothes on, like in a real boutique. This choice is much appreciated by visitors to the center, also because it restores dignity to the people marked by need and poverty.
IWC Charities Board meets once per month to discuss any issues that may have arisen over that month, receive and distribute funds. The IWC Charities Board also decides about the Charity Projects that will be supported and approves them by voting.
Each member of the IWC Charities Board has an assigned role. Some roles are administrative while some roles are linked directly to the charity projects (Project Lead Coordinators).
Our Project Coordinators and their assistants are in close contact with specified charities. They regularly visit the projects to distribute funds, collect receipts and report the project status. We also have volunteers who actively help at the projects and therefore are very important part of the IWC Charities Group.
If you would like to know more details about our work, please contact us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer with charities
Volunteering with IWC Charities
Friends, have a reason to go out during the long, cold winter, socialize and have fun in a new country help others - kids, pensioners or homeless, cook or/and feed underprivileged children and elderly meet Russian people, learn more about local life, contribute to the society you are in, learn and practice Russian speaking discover your new skills, acquire new working experience, teach someone, develop your business skills in a friendly environment, help in organizing large charity events, get to know the Russian business environment, edit or contribute to IWC magazine/newsletter/ website/facebook, donate stuff you no longer need that others may find useful, donate cash or get donations from business, companies you may know, bring your own ideas.
Are you interested in helping?
You can contribute your time as it best suits you. We have many different roles within the IWC Charities Group. It can take less than 4 hours a month, up to 10 hours (or more) a week from your time. There is no need to speak Russian, but a little knowledge is a big advantage. Please contact the team at email@example.com
Board Vacancies 2022
No Charity board vacancies
Charities group donation office
The Donations Office is situated near metro Belorusskaya, at Gruzinsky Pereulok, dom 3, apartment 1A (button 2 on the domophone). The entrance to the block is at the rear, from Sred. Kondratjevskiy Pereulok. Click here for a map.
We can use anything and everything as long as it’s clean, in good condition and full working order. We even take dried and canned food.
If you have larger items to donate, such as furniture or big domestic appliances, please send us an e-mail with a photo of the item. Unfortunately, we don’t have space to store oversize items, but we will do our best to put you in direct contact with a project that needs your donation.
When & Where you can bring donations
Donations are accepted on Mondays between 11.00 AM– 1.00 PM and Tuesdays between 10.00 AM – 12.00 AM.
Should you decide to bring some donations, please contact us in advance via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org especially if you want to come on Tuesday. Please, be advised that our phone 8-916-410-13-66 is switched on only during our working hours : Mondays 11.00 AM– 1.00 PM, Tuesdays 10.00 AM – 12.00 AM.
IWC Charities Group, also on behalf of our supported charity projects, would like to thank to everyone for donations that help to children and adults in difficult situation.