On November 3, at the final “Community” forum in Moscow, the results of the “NPO Region” assessment for 2023 were presented. For the fourth year in a row, the rating collects all the most current data on the third sector and the social achievements that the regions managed to achieve during the year. The assessment of NPO “Region” is carried out by the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation together with the rating agency RAEX. The assessment characterizes the development of the non-profit sector in the regions and its potential. It represents an expert study of 85 Russian regions and their rating according to the degree of industry development. You can read more about the rating methodology here. The results of the fourth assessment of “Region-NPO” were presented by Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, President of the Russian Federation Commission for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector, and Dmitry Grishankov, General Director of the RAEX assessment agency. According to the study, the top 3 leaders in the dynamics of development of the non-profit sector this year included Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Vladimir and Oryol territories. Their ranking changes were +23, +18, +16 and +15 respectively. “In some regions there is simply tremendous growth, amazing progress. There are real achievements behind this – the number of social services provided by NPOs to the population is increasing, the number of SO NPOs is increasing, the level of donations is growing – both among individuals and among legal entities,” Topoleva said. According to her, the main “pain” is the still existing large gap in the level of development of the non-profit sector in the regions. The purpose of the assessment is to reduce this gap. The message notes that already this winter “Region-NKO” will become the basis for development projects of the third sector – the information and communication platform NKO.RF. Administrations of more than 70 regions are already interacting with the platform. ASI talked about this in more detail here. In the course of the study, RAEX calculated that the volume of donations from Russians to charity, calculated through tax deductions, increased almost 2.5 times over two years – from 3.9 billion to 9.4 billion rubles. “According to our estimates, the real volume of charity is even higher,” Grishankov added. The financial results of the NPO sector are also evidenced by the fact that the share of SO NPOs submitting non-zero financial statements has grown over two years from 50% to 54.2%. The session ended with awards for the regions participating in the rating. Photo courtesy of the press service of the RF OP. The top twenty included: 1st place – Moscow; 2nd place – Republic of Tatarstan; 3rd place – Vologda region; 4th place – Chelyabinsk region; 5th place – Tyumen region; 6th place – Samara region; 7th place – Nizhny Novgorod region; 8th place – St. Petersburg; 9th place – Belgorod region; 10th place – KhMAO-Yugra; 11th place – Republic of Bashkiria; 12th place – Novosibirsk region; 13th place – Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug; 14th place – Krasnoyarsk Territory; 15th place – Sverdlovsk region; 16th place – Republic of Karelia; 17th place – Kaluga region; 18th place – Udmurt Republic; 19th place – Volgograd region; 20th place – Yaroslavl region. More detailed information about the assessment results can be found here. ASI will continue to cover Community Forum sessions. The Community Forum is an open working platform for a tripartite dialogue between society, business and government. Its main task is to identify the best regional and federal practices of civic engagement and unite like-minded people. The forum is organized by the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.