Russian Children's Welfare Society

The Russian Children’s Welfare Society is a public charity exempt from income, gift, and estate taxes under section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its federal tax identification number is 13–5562332.

What Your Donation Can Do...

will provide one child with school lunch for a full academic year.

will cover a blood sugar monitoring device that will serve 25 orphans with diabetes.

will provide a new bed for a child at an orphanage. Many orphans sleep on beds that were purchased 20-25 years ago and no longer meet sanitary or safety requirements.

will cover a sewing machine for an orphanage allowing teens to make their own clothing and obtain vocational training skills.

will cover an annual supply of vitamins for 50 orphans.

will cover an industrial washing machine for an orphanage that takes care of over 100 children, where laundry is still done by hand.

will cover an annual scholarship for an orphanage graduate. Learn more...

will restore the life of a child with severe facial deformity. There is a waiting list at the Moscow Center for Children's Maxillofacial Surgery for children in need of reconstructive surgeries. Learn more...

will cover a minivan for an orphanage in a rural area, providing kids with an opportunity to visit distant educational, cultural and/or medical facilities.

  • Your efforts will benefit a worthwhile cause — helping disadvantaged children in Russia
  • Exposure to prominent Russian business owners, celebrities, and dignitaries
  • Networking opportunities with Russian-American organizations
  • Exposure and advertising in New York, London, and Moscow
  • Major Sponsors receive placement on RCWS websites and inclusion in press kit
  • Advertising in promotional activities for sponsored event
  • Elegant and exclusive events to entertain clients, contacts, employees, etc.


Attend Our Fundraising Events:

RCWS organizes fundraising events to support our ongoing programs. What began in 1965 as a small tea dance to raise money for Russian children has grown into one of New York’s most important Russian-American events. It is attended by over 800 guests from the realms of art, business and diplomacy.

Past Petroushka Ball events have featured Opera greats such as Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Elena Obraztsova, Maria Guleghina, Rollando Villazón, Paul Groves, Matthew Polenzani, Elina Garanca, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Diana Damrau, Kate Lindsey, Piotr Beczala, Maija Kovalevska as well as soloists from the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, the Bolshoi Theater, the Novaya Opera and the Spivakov Foundation.

Contact our office at 212-473-6263 or for tickets, ads, auction donations and special sponsorships.

Get Your Company Involved:

We are seeking corporate sponsors to help fund RCWS programs in Russia. By supporting RCWS, our sponsors provide invaluable aid to hundreds of disadvantaged children in Russia who rely on our help. It is our policy to channel 100% of approved direct donations to the designated programs.

Your company can support our organization by participating in RCWS special events. Sponsorship of the Petroushka Ball presents an effective opportunity for corporate visibility, offers network opportunities with prominent Russian-American businesses, and is an excellent way to entertain clients and employees. RCWS prominently features sponsors in its public relations materials throughout the year.

Help orphans and sick children in Russia by purchasing an advertisement in Petroushka Ball program, making a contribution, ordering dinner tickets, providing in-kind donation for the auction/ raffle or supplying products for the gift bags. Please contact our office at 212-473-6263 for further information.

Volunteer at RCWS:

We are grateful to all of the RCWS volunteers who generously devote their time and energy. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at to learn how you can help.

Matching Gift Program:

An Employer Matching Gift program enables corporations and their employees to collaborate in their charitable giving. Your contribution could be doubled if your employer participates in the Matching Gift Program.

Ask your Human Resources personnel for a Matching Gift Program application form and the company’s guidelines for participation.

Tribute Donations:

You can make a donation in memory of someone or to commemorate someone’s birthday, graduation, anniversary, wedding or other special occasion. A tribute letter will be sent to the person (s) you designate and an acknowledgement letter will be sent to you. This letter will serve as your tax receipt.

Contributing Stock:

Consider donating appreciated stocks or mutual funds. Minimizing capital gains and income taxes as well as obtaining a possible income tax deduction for the full value of the security are just some of the advantages of contributing stock.

For more information contact us at 212-473-6263 or

Donations in Lieu of Gifts:

You could help children at risk in Russia by asking guests to donate to RCWS instead of buying you gifts. Be it a birthday, wedding or Christmas, all occasions are welcome.

Please contact us at 212-473-6263 or, if you have any questions or would like to include RCWS brochures with your invitations.

Include RCWS in your Will:

Leaving a gift to charity in your Will (bequest) is a wonderful way for your generosity and kindness to last beyond your own lifetime. Without this precious income, many of the vital projects supported by RCWS would not be possible.

Next time you update your Will or a Trust, consider RCWS for a lasting legacy of helping children at risk in Russia.