The Rybakov Foundation is a private philanthropic organization, created by Ekaterina and Igor Rybakov in 2015. The Foundation's mission is to create a tradition of developing society with our own hands. To carry out our mission, we have developed and adopted the concept of "School is the center of society" which will help to change the socio-educational environment in schools for the better. This kind of environment provides the background for a common, collective experience for all its participants. A school's teachers and pupils, parents and graduates, headteachers and associates are not divided into suppliers and consumers of information, knowledge, or services, but participate equally in the creation of a new educational experience. The creation of such an environment is not just a new way of doing things, but also a new way of thinking, about collective creativity, cooperation, and living together.
Rybakov Foundation
We are convinced that a tradition of developing society
with our own hands needs to be cultivated in school, since
it is precisely here that children and teenagers spend
the majority of their time, where their identities are formed,
and where opportunities are opened up to them. That is why
the focus of our work is school as the center of society.
A good school is not just the walls, facilities,
or impressive exam results.
The aim of the Rybakov Foundation
is to search for strong leaders, who are
capable of creating and implementing
socially significant projects that the school
community can participate in. This is how
the Rybakov Foundation's network
of effective partnerships is developing.
We are creating a new environment
of interaction between various
like-minded people, who are
prepared to jointly implement
socially significant projects.
Igor Rybakov and Ekaterina Rybakova
Chairman of the Board and co-founder of the Rybakov Foundation
President, Board Member and co-founder of the Rybakov Foundation
A truly good school consists of an emotionally healthy
and fruitful socio-educational environment.
We help to create this kind of environment and
we also encourage others to create school societies
that teachers and school administration can
attend, along with pupils and parents, grateful
graduates, entrepreneurs, active local residents,
and representatives of the authorities. A school
society is an environment where everyone can show
their initiative, participate in a common task, and come to believe in their own strength. This is how we are defeating social apathy. And we are implementing our mission: to establish a tradition of developing society with our own hands.
The Rybakov Foundation
is a foundation for people.
A foundation for doers.
A foundation for those who
do not wait for tomorrow, but have
a sense of their own responsibility
for the development of society
and are acting on it today.
The aim of the Rybakov Foundation is to search for strong leaders, who are capable of creating and implementing socially significant projects that the school community can participate in. This is how the Rybakov Foundation's network of effective partnerships is developing. We are creating a new environment of interaction between various like-minded people, who are prepared to jointly implement socially significant projects. The Rybakov Foundation is a foundation for people. A foundation for doers. A foundation for those who do not wait for tomorrow, but have a sense of their own responsibility for the development of society and are acting on it today.
Igor Rybakov and Ekaterina Rybakova
Chairman of the Board and co-founder of the Rybakov Foundation
President, Board Member
and co-founder of the Rybakov Foundation
We are convinced that a tradition of developing society with our own hands needs to be cultivated in school, since it is precisely here that children and teenagers spend the majority of their time, where their identities are formed, and where opportunities are opened up to them. That is why the focus of our work is school as the center of society. A good school is not just the walls, facilities, or impressive exam results.

A truly good school consists of an emotionally healthy and fruitful socio-educational environment. We help to create this kind of environment and we also encourage others to create school societies that teachers and school administration can attend, along with pupils and parents, grateful graduates, entrepreneurs, active local residents, and representatives of the authorities. A school society is an environment where everyone can show their initiative, participate in a common task, and come to believe in their own strength. This is how we are defeating social apathy. And we are implementing our mission: to establish a tradition of developing society with our own hands.
The aim of the Rybakov Foundation is to search for strong leaders, who are capable of creating and implementing socially significant projects that the school community can participate in. This is how the Rybakov Foundation's network of effective partnerships is developing. We are creating a new environment of interaction between various like-minded people, who are prepared to jointly implement socially significant projects. The Rybakov Foundation is a foundation for people, a foundation for doers. A foundation for those who do not wait for tomorrow, but have a sense of their own responsibility for the development of society and are acting on it today.

Igor Rybakov,
Chairman of the Board and
co-founder of the Rybakov Foundation
Igor Rybakov and Ekaterina Rybakova
We are convinced that a tradition of developing society with our own hands needs to be cultivated in school, since it is precisely here that children and teenagers spend the majority of their time, where their identities are formed, and where opportunities are opened up to them. That is why the focus of our work is school as the center of society. A good school is not just the walls, facilities, or impressive exam results. A truly good school consists of an emotionally healthy and fruitful socio-educational environment. We help to create this kind of environment and we also encourage others to create school societies that teachers and school administration can attend, along with pupils and parents, grateful graduates, entrepreneurs, active local residents, and representatives of the authorities. A school society is an environment where everyone can show their initiative, participate in a common task, and come to believe in their own strength. This is how we are defeating social apathy. And we are implementing our mission: to establish a tradition of developing society with our own hands.

Ekaterina Rybakova,
President, Board Member
and co-founder of the Rybakov Foundation
Igor Rybakov
Chairman of the Board and co-founder of the Rybakov Foundation

«The role of the entrepreneur is to give the world what the world is currently lacking for growth and prosperity. That is my mission»

A Russian entrepreneur, venture investor and philanthropist. He is one of the richest people in Russia, according to Forbes magazine's list (78 place). He is the co-owner and co-owner of TechnoNICOL, which brings together 54 factories located in 7 countries, of Rybakov Foundation, Equium business-club and SOK smart office. He is co-founder of Larix, an international venture capital fund, and PryTek, an international business integrator. Total resources under the management—200 mln, over 50 projects have been invested. Being the investor of World Chess, he is developing and spreading chess to the masses. Igor Rybakov is a popularizer of philanthropy in Russia and co-founder of the Legacy Endowment Foundation—an international organization for developing personalized solutions for launching and implementing philanthropic projects. The first Russian blogger-billionaire, the author of the Youtube channel, Instagram и Telegram (@rybakovigor).

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Ekaterina Rybakova
President, Board Member and co-founder of the Rybakov Foundation

Ekaterina was born in Nizhny Tagil in a family of metallurgical engineers. She studied at the physics and technical school at MIPT (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) and was accepted to the Faculty of Radio-frequency Engineering of Ural State Technical University. Later she decided to change her study selection and entered St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design. Then she got a second degree in Costume Design in Moscow. After her first child was born she left the profession and focused on the family. Now Igor Rybakov and Ekaterina Rybakova have four children – two daughters and two sons. Ekaterina supported her husband in his philanthropic activities, becoming a co-founder and president of the Rybakov Foundation.

Our team
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In 2019, the co-founders of the Rybakov Foundation set up an annual prize of $1,000,000 for the most inspiring example of an implemented project that promotes school is the center of society. The aim of the prize is to spread the idea of developing society with our own hands and to showcase role models who embody this idea. Nominations for the Rybakov Prize can be made by associations or societies that bring together decision makers, entrepreneurs, teachers, leaders of academic institutions, graduates, and pupils. Applications will be accepted from September onwards.
Rybakov Prize 2020
Time remaining until
applications will be accepted:
In 2019, the co-founders of the Rybakov Foundation set up an annual prize of $1,000,000 for the most inspiring example of an implemented project that promotes school is the center of society. The aim of the prize is to spread the idea of developing society with our own hands and to showcase role models who embody this idea. Nominations for the Rybakov Prize can be made by associations or societies that bring together decision makers, entrepreneurs, teachers, leaders of academic institutions, graduates, and pupils. Applications will be accepted from September onwards.
Rybakov Prize 2020
In 2019, the co-founders of the Rybakov Foundation set up an annual prize of $1,000,000 for the most inspiring example of an implemented project that promotes school is the center of society. The aim of the prize is to spread the idea of developing society with our own hands and to showcase role models who embody this idea. Nominations for the Rybakov Prize can be made by associations or societies that bring together decision makers, entrepreneurs, teachers, leaders of academic institutions, graduates, and pupils. Applications will be accepted from September onwards.
Rybakov Prize 2020
Time remaining until
applications will be accepted:
The competition starts on September 23th
Time remaining until applications will be accepted:
How it all began
The competition starts on October 14th
Time remaining until applications will be accepted:
It is an all-Russian competition that has integrated the #iTeacher and TOPSchool competition programs. The latter is an environment for the exchange of experiences regarding the topic of transforming school into the center of society. The competition identifies the best examples of active school communities and their leaders: head teachers, teachers, parents, and graduates.
All-Russian L.S. Vygotsky Competition is an environment conducive to the exchange of pedagogical experience in the field of the child-centered preschool education.
How it all began
Всероссийский конкурс им. Л.С.Выготского
The competition starts on September 23th
Time remaining until applications will be accepted:
How it all began
The competition starts on October 14th
Time remaining until applications will be accepted:
It is an all-Russian competition that has integrated the #iTeacher and TOPSchool competition programs. The latter is an environment for the exchange of experiences regarding the topic of transforming school into the center of society. The competition identifies the best examples of active school communities and their leaders: head teachers, teachers, parents, and graduates.
All-Russian L.S. Vygotsky Competition is an environment conducive to the exchange of pedagogical experience in the field of the child-centered preschool education.
How it all began
Всероссийский конкурс им. Л.С.Выготского
The competition starts on September 23th
Time remaining until applications will be accepted:
How it all began
The competition starts on October 14th
Time remaining until applications will be accepted:
It is an all-Russian competition that has integrated the #iTeacher and TOPSchool competition programs. The latter is an environment for the exchange of experiences regarding the topic of transforming school into the center of society. The competition identifies the best examples of active school communities and their leaders: head teachers, teachers, parents, and graduates.
All-Russian L.S. Vygotsky Competition is an environment conducive to the exchange of pedagogical experience in the field of the child-centered preschool education.
How it all began
Всероссийский конкурс им. Л.С.Выготского
The competition starts
on September 23th
Time remaining until
applications will be accepted:
How it all began
The competition starts
on October 14th
Time remaining until
applications will be accepted:
It is an all-Russian competition that
has integrated the #iTeacher and
TOPSchool competition programs.
The latter is an environment for the
exchange of experiences regarding the
topic of transforming school into
the center of society.
The competition identifies the best
examples of active school communities
and their leaders: head teachers,
teachers, parents, and graduates.
All-Russian L.S. Vygotsky Competition
is an environment conducive to the
exchange of pedagogical experience
in the field of the child-centered
preschool education.
How it all began
Всероссийский конкурс им. Л.С.Выготского
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Finance
Operational management
Program
The Foundation's Board
Board of Trustees
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Edward Ostrobrod
Member, Board of Trustees
Oscar Hartmann
Chair, Board of Trustees
A Russian entrepreneur, venture investor and philanthropist. He is one of the richest people in Russia, according to Forbes magazine's list (78 place). He is the co-owner and co-owner of TechnoNICOL, which brings together 54 factories located in 7 countries, of Rybakov Foundation, Equium business-club and SOK smart office. He is co-founder of Larix, an international venture capital fund, and PryTek, an international business integrator. Total resources under the management—200 mln, over 50 projects have been invested. Being the investor of World Chess, he is developing and spreading chess to the masses. Igor Rybakov is a popularizer of philanthropy in Russia and co-founder of the Legacy Endowment Foundation—an international organization for developing personalized solutions for launching and implementing philanthropic projects. The first Russian blogger-billionaire, the author of the Youtube channel, Instagram и Telegram (@rybakovigor).
Igor Rybakov
Chairman of the Board
and co-founder
She was born in the city of Nizhny Tagil to a family of metallurgical engineers. She studied at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology's Physical Technical School and then went to the Ural Polytechnic Institute's Radio Engineering School.
A few years later she graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design, and then in Moscow she earned a second degree in costume design. Now Igor Rybakov and Ekaterina Rybakova have four children–two daughters and two sons. Ekaterina supported her husband in his philanthropic activities, becoming a co-founder and president of the Rybakov Foundation.
Ekaterina Rybakova
President, Board Member
and co-founder
Dimitry Dikman is the founder and CEO of Group 36—a company that provides strategic consulting services for NPOs. Under Dimitry's leadership, Group 36 supports Russian and international charitable organizations in developing strategies, management structures, and evaluating the effectiveness of their activities.
A construction engineer by training, during his career Dimitry built international structures from scratch, led a number of companies in various business areas in both Russia and the United States, and implemented large investment projects. From 2008 to 2014, Dimitry was the Executive Director of the Genesis Charitable Foundation, where he currently is the Chairman of the Grant Committee and Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
He is the author of the book on strategy in charity called "From Intentions to Results".
Dimitry Dikman
Board Member
Ekaterina Rybakova
Dimitry Dikman
Communications
Edward Ostrobrod
Igor Rybakov
Dimitry Garin, Julia Marusik, Ekaterina Rybakova, Svetlana Erofeeva, Dimitry Dikman, Elena Morozova — Rybakov Foundation
Oscar Hartmann
Projects that have been initiated and supported by the Rybakov Foundation
Projects that have been initiated and supported by the Rybakov Foundation
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