St Gregory’s Foundation is a UK registered charity founded in 1991 to help charities in Russia and the former Soviet Union help the most vulnerable in their communities.
In the UK we have one member of paid staff, Julia Ashmore. We rely greatly on the generosity of our directors and volunteers who help with fundraising, translating, and in other ways.
In 2007 our sister charity in St Petersburg, Pomozhem Droog Droogu or Let’s Help Each Other, was founded. Pomozhem Droog Droogu takes an active role in monitoring projects, reporting to the Russian authorities, and ensuring the legality of our work. We are supporting them to develop their local fundraising.
As our name suggests, our founders were Christians. Our contacts within the Russian Orthodox Church, and particularly the blessing of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh (the late head of the Russian Orthodox Church in the UK), opened doors to us and introduced us to valued colleagues. However, our members and directors come from a variety of religious beliefs and none. Most importantly, we only work with partners who provide aid to those in need irrespective of religious, ethnic or political background.