Alisher Usmanov is well-known for his philanthropic activity, and is one of the world’s most generous donors today. The impact of his philanthropy reaches over 60 countries, and prioritises science, sport, culture, medicine and social development.
  • The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, founded by Alisher Usmanov in 2006, supports the development of sport, encourages young athletes and promotes healthy lifestyles. The foundation provides support for a wide range of sports, including fencing, basketball, rhythmic gymnastics, football, hockey, volleyball, kayaking and canoeing. In addition, Mr. Usmanov personally supports sports such as cycling, horse riding, biathlon, wheelchair tennis, and boxing. The foundation also promotes inclusive sport initiatives to increase the number of disabled young people involved in sport.
  • 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.
  • Alisher Usmanov is a member of the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Channel Commission.
  • In December 2019, Alisher Usmanov acquired the Olympic Manifesto at a Sotheby’s auction for US$8.8 million – the largest sum ever paid for an item of sports memorabilia. In February 2020, Alisher Usmanov gave this historic document, signed in 1892 by Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Modern Olympic Games, as a donation to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, stating: “I believe that the Olympic Museum is the most appropriate place to keep this priceless manuscript”.
  • The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation supports medical and healthcare establishments for children and young people, providing new medical equipment, costly medications, specialised informational material and targeted support for orphans and disabled children in Russia and in Uzbekistan, Mr. Usmanov's native country.
  • Since 2013, the foundation has been implementing the “Special Vision” programme to support people with visual impairments. The programme addresses issues related to the introduction of innovative methods for eye disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as scientific developments for helping blind people integrate into society. In June 2017, for the first time, a retinal implant surgery was successfully performed on a blind patient (bionic eye implantation). Thanks to this technology, an innovative method of treating and rehabilitating patients with complete loss of vision has been introduced in Russia. The foundation has also started developing VOICE, a portable electronic device which converts visual information into sound for the blind and visually impaired.
  • The foundation actively promotes scientific development, sponsors educational projects, research programmes and talented young scientists. 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.
  • Mr. Usmanov is a strong believer in the value of philanthropy and over many years has made substantial donations to various causes in different countries.
  • Donation for works on the nave of the Basilica Ulpia in Rome and a 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 located 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.
  • Acquisition of the Nobel Prize medal received by American biologist James Watson at a Christie's auction in order to return it to the owner.
  • Donation to the endowment fund for the preservation of the Peterhof State Museum Reserve.
  • Organisation of a host of projects at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Tate gallery, including exhibitions of William Turner, William Blake and "Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde". The exhibition "Whistler and Russia" took place at the Tretyakov Gallery with the support of Mr. Usmanov, as well as the exhibition "Roma Aeterna", which included the world's largest collection of 12-18th century masterpieces from the Vatican Museums.
  • 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.
  • Mr Usmanov invests in charitable and social projects in Uzbekistan, focusing primarily on restoring its rich cultural heritage. Usmanov financially supported the creation of the International Scientific Research Centre “Imam Bukhari” in the Samarkand region, which aims to study and promote the scientific and spiritual heritage of the Muslim peoples.
  • The initiative of the President of Uzbekistan to accelerate the development of the tourism potential in the city of Bukhara and the Bukhara region, home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is currently being implemented with the support of Alisher Usmanov. Mr Usmanov supports the joint programme of the Uzbek Government and the World Bank for the development of villages in various regions of the country, and has also financed a number of sports and cultural projects in the country.
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