The importance of social responsibility is key to our team, which undertakes pro bono work (i.e., free of charge and without expectation of future payments) to support those individuals and organisations that provide a socially productive activity. These projects represent 5% of the company’s total workload.
Our permanent pro bono client is the Sunflower Charity Foundation, an organization that helps children affected by immune system disorders.
MGAP provides and arranges the following for the Sunflower Fund:
- Donation agreements (money donations, toys and furniture donations for furnishing children’s playrooms in Russian hospitals)
- Contracts for the sale and delivery of medicine for treating children
- Agreements with employees
- Documentation for the Sunflower Fund charity events
- Documentation for the Sunflower Fund support for children undergoing treatment in Russian hospitals
MGAP also provides legal advice to the Sunflower Fund on matters of legislation, litigation, and law enforcement.
MGAP helps parents of children under the Fund’s care to lodge legal complaints against Russian government and regional authorities refusing to provide free-of-charge medical or drug support to Russian citizens. Our team of experts helped provide free-of-charge medicine to children suffering from life-threatening immune system disorders in regions of the Russian Federation, including the regions of Bashkortostan, Kalmykia, Udmurtia, the Perm Territory, Lipetsk, Yaroslavl and Chelyabinsk.
The Sunflower Charity Foundation
Founded in 2006, the Sunflower Charity Foundation works to save the lives of babies and children up to 18 years of age suffering from immune system disorders. The money, raised by the Foundation also through the organization of weekly art activities, special events and concerts, is used to purchase expensive pharmaceutical drugs to fight, among the others:
- Primary immunodeficiency
- Severe combined immunodeficiency
- Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
Application to the resources of the Fund can be done only by doctors who are treating patients having a proven medical history.
Since its inception, the Sunflower Fund has helped hundreds of children. This was made possible through the help and support of Russian companies and individuals. All funds donated to the Sunflower Fund are used for actual child treatment, while the Fund’s administrative costs are covered by other sources.
- MGAP assists in incorporating and running The Alexander Piatigorsky Trust
MGAP has recently incorporated The Alexander Piatigorsky Trust registered as a charity.The Trust is created in honour and memory of the recently deceased Alexander Piatigorsky, one of Russia’s most important philosophers and the author of “Remember the Strange Person“ (1999) and “An Ancient Man in the City“ (2001) amongst many other outstanding works.Over the last year, MGAP’s Managing Partner, Sergei Gratchev was involved as both secretary and student in Piatigorsky’s last philosophical classes held in London. Sergei kept invaluable records of these classes which now form part of the philosopher’s legacy. One of the Trust’s aims is to make information about the philosopher and materials from the final classes available to everyone.If you have any questions or would like to learn more about The Alexander Piatigorsky Trust please contact Sergei Gratchev.
- The illegal reduction of salaries in cutting a bonus paid to class teachers
MGAP helps a group of teachers from the city of Korolev to make an appeal again the General Procurator of the Russian Federation regarding the carrying out of law enforcement procedures on the territory of Russia. MGAP advocates as part of their Pro bono work, helped the teachers file a complaint against the General Procurator of the Russian Federation asking him to reconsider the illegal reduction of salaries in cutting a bonus paid to class teachers, and to take measures to punish this action by the Procurator.
- The unique methodic of correction pedagogics
Author the unique methodic of correction pedagogics asked MGAP about pro bono legal advice including answers to the questions about intellectual property protection and legal aspects of her methodic creation for publish about correction pedagogics. This methodic is complex linguistic and audio materials for special needs children. By dint of use this material could make the grade in children’s speech defect. MGAP has prepared agreement which provides her intellectual property protection for publish her methodic (including audio materials).
- Aldeburgh Documentary Festival
Aldeburgh Documentary Festival has been being in England more then 10 years. The main Festival's targets are promotional documentary movie, young filmmakers, promotional alternative young international documentary movie in England. More then 3 years MGAP has been providing pro bono legal support for Aldeburgh Documentary Festival: support of Russian filmmakers' workshops on Festival, providing legal advice of migration legislation (questions of arrival and departure in UK of other countries’ citizens and tangible mediums with projects of Festival's participants. MGAP has provided legal support of Sergei Mirishnichenko’s (Ostrov studio) and Sergei Dvortcevoi’s (filmcompany KinoDvor) workshops within the framework of Aldeburgh Documentary Festival. It was good opportunity for English people to see Russian documentary films and for Russian documentary films was being participant of English festival.