The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, founded by Alisher Usmanov, supports the development of sport, rewards young athletes and promotes a healthy lifestyle and physical activity. The Foundation provides assistance to a wide range of sports, including fencing, basketball, rhythmic gymnastics, football, hockey, volleyball, judo, and kayaking and canoeing. It also promotes inclusive sport initiatives to increase the number of disabled young people involved in sport. In addition to the above activities, Mr. Usmanov has personally supported sports such as cycling, horse riding, biathlon, wheelchair tennis, and boxing.
As the President of the International Fencing Federation, Mr. Usmanov actively promotes the sport worldwide. He established the “For the Future of Fencing” and “Specialised Fund to Support Fencing Veterans” international charity foundations.
Mr. Usmanov was a member of the Councils of the Sochi XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games, and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Russian Olympian Sportsmen Support Fund. He supported Russia’s bid for the right to host the XXI FIFA World Cup.
HEALTH AND EDUCATION
The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation provides assistance to a number of health and fitness centres, children’s and young people’s remedial and recovery establishments, colleges and universities. The foundation pays particular attention to educational programmes in orphanages and residential schools. In addition, it provides new medical equipment, expensive medications, specialised informative materials and targeted support for orphans and disabled children in Russia and Uzbekistan, Mr. Usmanov’s home country.
Alisher Usmanov is a trustee for a range of social and research institutes, such as the Russian Geographical Society, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and the St. Petersburg University Graduate School of Management.
SCIENCE AND CULTURE
Mr. Usmanov is a strong believer in the value of philanthropy and continuously makes noteworthy donations to various causes in different countries. His most important charitable gifts in recent years include the following:
Acquisition of the Nobel Prize medal received by American biologist James Watson for US$4.1 million at a Christie’s auction in order to return it to the owner.
A €1.5 million donation for works on the nave of the Basilica Ulpia in Rome and a €500,000 gift for the restoration of the Hall of the Horatii and Curiatii, the Palace of the Conservatives and the fountain in Piazza del Quirinale.
Financial assistance for the restoration of Cutty Sark, a 19th century tea clipper ship displayed in London.
Purchase of “St Mark”, a famous painting by Frans Hals the Elder, for the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, which was the most substantial gift to a Russian museum in the last 100 years.
Acquisition of Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya’s art collection in order to give it to the Russian state.
Purchase of the rights to a collection of classic Soviet-era cartoons for a state children’s television channel.
Donation to the endowment fund for the preservation of the Peterhof State Museum Reserve, making Mr. Usmanov one of the first benefactors to support this unique cultural heritage site.
Mr. Usmanov was involved in organising a series of exhibitions at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with Tate: “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde”, William Blake, and J. M. W. Turner. He also supported the staging of the “Whistler and Russia” exposition at the State Tretyakov Gallery.
The same gallery is hosting the “Roma Aeterna” exhibition, financed by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, which is also funding the publication of the exhibition catalogue. The Vatican Museums are displaying the best part of their collection for the first time in Russia: masterpieces of the 12th-18th centuries, including works by Giovanni Bellini, Melozzo da Forli, Perugino, Raphael, Caravaggio, Guido Reni, Guercino and Nicholas Poussin. Never before have the Vatican Museums, one of the ten largest collections in the world, lent out so many outstanding works from their permanent collection at one time.
The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is a partner of the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, the Sovremennik Theatre, the Maly Drama Theatre, as well as the Russian National Theatre Prize and the Golden Mask Festival. Mr. Usmanov supports the Igor Moiseyev State Academic Ensemble of Popular Dance and has contributed to Vladimir Spivakov’s charitable projects.
I am a strong believer that people are capable of achieving success in life, if they are given the opportunity. I have been very fortunate throughout my career in business as well as in sports. That is why I feel it is my duty to share my wealth and provide opportunities to others, especially young people, so that they can grow, develop and be inspired to reach their goals.— Alisher Usmanov