The Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation was set up in May 1994 as a non-commercial organization. Its Board of Trustees performing advisory and representative activities was composed of famous artists and renowned medical specialists, of well-known politicians and mass media leaders, economists and businessmen.

The principal goals of the Spivakov Foundation's activities are: to assist young people gifted in music and arts in the development of their talents and in the organization of their creative process in Russia and abroad; to preserve and develop cultural values and traditions and to provide comprehensive charity support.

The foundation helps young talented musicians, dancers, painters and authors, organizing for them master classes, concerts, tours and exhibitions. Pupils of the foundation participate in national and international competitions and festivals. Since 1994 the Spivakov Foundation is a co-organizer and a permanent participant of the International Musical Festival in Colmar, France.

Permanent support is given to specialized music schools in Moscow and St. Petersburg, in Siberia, Ural and Volga region, in Ukraine and Byelorussia, as well as to a number of art schools and art studios in providing them with necessary materials and school supplies.

The Spivakov Foundation participates in the programs contributing to the development of human personality, in the domains of education, science, culture and art.

The foundation carries out charitable activities in the sphere of children's health care; it supports orphanages, children's homes and children's hospitals.

The Spivakov Foundation is a partner of a number of national and international organizations working in the domain of musical culture. It participates in the UNESCO project "In Support of the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence". In 2000 UNESCO awarded to the Spivakov Foundation the honorary medal "For the contribution to the development of the musical culture of the 3rd millennium".

Branches of the Spivakov Foundation are functioning in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia and in Colmar, France, in Kharkov, Ukraine, in Croatia. Representative offices are opened in Ufa, Togliatti, Smolensk (Russia); in Kirghizia, in Uzbekistan and in Germany.

The New York Times has referred to the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation as a "Temple of Goodness and Light". It was founded in May 1994 as a non-commercial organization. The activities of the Foundation combine both humanitarian and educational targets: creation of better life conditions for orphans and support for sick children, assistance to children gifted in music and arts in their development and growth, acquisition of musical instruments for children, allocation of scholarships and grants, participation of young musicians in concerts and festivals, organization of master classes, tours and exhibitions for young artists.

Since 1994 the Spivakov Foundation has
  • rendered support for 12 000 children,
  • organized 6 327 concerts of its grant-holders in Russia and other countries all over the world,
  • arranged 1 045 art exhibitions,
  • attracted over 1 500 children for participation in the foundation's programs and projects, with 479 of them being award-winners of international competitions and festivals,
  • given 472 musical instruments as presents,
  • sponsored 97 complicated surgical operations and arranged comprehensive medical examination and medical care for over 200 children.
Organization of concerts for young talents is one of the most important activities of the Spivakov Foundation, such as series of concerts at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center, the State Armoury, the N. Roerich Museum, the Moscow Philharmonic Society, numerous concert halls over Russia, the CIS and the Baltic countries, in orphanages, boarding schools, retired-people homes, young delinquents rehabilitation centers. Pupils of the Foundation participate in charity concerts all over the world.

The Spivakov Foundation arranges artistic competitions, festivals, exhibitions, among which the "Moscow Meets Friends" International Festival with its selective competition of young musicians from different cities of Russia should be mentioned. A lot of exhibitions of young painters, sculptors, applied-artists and designers are permanently organized by the Foundation.

Under the auspices of Maestro Spivakov, the Foundation acquires and passes high-quality musical instruments on to young musicians. The Foundation allocates scholarships and bonuses to bursars of the Foundation, arranges financial assistance for children in need, covers medical treatment of indisposed children, and provides medical instruments and medicines.

Coaching and promotion of young talents is one of the main goals of the Spivakov Foundation. These activities involve master classes with leading musicians and teachers in Russia, sending young musicians to master classes and music schools abroad, CD recording and releasing, printing booklets etc.

For the three years of its existence the "Moscow Meets Friends" International Festival has hosted over 5000 participants from 62 countries. The Festival has emerged as a significant artistic event in the cultural life of Russia and got a wide response all over the world.