Maria has five years of experience in the civic sector. She graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University and has a Master’s degree in Area Studies & Translation/Interpretation. During her studies she was in an exchange program in Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea. In 2014, Maria started working for the Association of Fundraisers of Russia and in 2015, she became an Executive Director. There, Maria worked with government and nonprofits to create infrastructure and develop educational programs in fundraising. Through free consulting, lecturing, and writing articles Maria contributed to the promotion of fundraising ethics and overhead needs in nonprofits. She provided services for over 60 members of the Association and was actively involved in fundraising from different sources. Between 2012-2014 Maria also worked in the corporate social responsibility departments of several businesses. There she was engaged in work with volunteers and nonprofits that helped underprivileged children. She was responsible for research, monitoring and grant management. Through these experiences she developed strong project coordination, reporting, budget management, and communication skills. Maria received grants from Pontis Foundation and Eurasia Foundation that helped her to learn more about the work of professional nonprofit associations in Europe and U.S. Maria feels passionate about the development of the social sector in Russia through education in fundraising, infrastructure support and professional unities. She is also committed to the capacity development of local organizations in the regions of Russia. Outside of work, Maria enjoys volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia and has a strong interest in human rights protection.
Host Organization: United Nations Foundation