Proposals on nonprofit organization projects submitted to government
MOSCOW, August 29 - RAPSI. The Agency of Strategic Initiatives has submitted to the government proposals on state support for projects implemented by non-profit organizations, the Izvestia daily reported on Wednesday.
The agency is an autonomous non-profit organization established to promote new projects in 2011 upon then-Prime Minister, now-President Vladimir Putin's instructions.
Among the agency's priorities are medium business and social projects and initiatives, business climate improvement, developing a positive image of businessmen and business in society, and developing non-profit organizations engaged in social services, especially those that are public-funded.
The agency has proposed to establish the Public Institute of Charity and to improve the operations of non-profit organizations. The institute will specialize in maintaining contacts with charity organizations. It will also be assigned the Justice Ministry's role as a regulator, and will register and issue charity status. The institute will similarly collect activity reports and set standards for charity organizations. It will also distribute government funds on a competitive basis. The agency has offered to draft a new law and amend the law on non-profit organizations to exclude charity organizations from the list of those entities which may be declared foreign agents.