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Charitable Funds

 

The American Russian Aid Association, Otrada, Inc. is a 501c-3 non profit organization and all contributions are tax deducible to the extent permitted by law.  

 

In addition to various 'as needed' donations from the organization, ARAA-Otrada also maintains two permanent charitable funds:

 

The ARAA-Otrada Charitable Fund in Memory of St.Elizabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia

This Fund is dedicated to aiding orphanages, children's homes, old people's homes, needy families in the far corners of Russia, where the needs of families with handicapped children, large families and single mothers are as great as ever.  In the past, our fund has also helped make much needed repairs to an orphanage.  The Ladies Committee's various fund raising events help finance these charitable works.  If you are interested in helping with our efforts or to directly contribute with a tax-deductible financial contribution, please contact us at otrada385@gmail.com 

In 2017, the St Elizabeth Ladies Committee / Otrada donated the following:

  • $250 - to the Troika Dance Ensemble

  • $500 each to HOPP and ОРЮР (Washington Chapter)

  • $750 - to Hurricane Harvey relief: ½ to IOCC, ½ to the One America Appeal

  • $520 - to the St Elizabeth Convent Women’s Rehabilitation Center Church Construction Fund

  • $3,000 - (Proceeds from the Rummage Sale) to the St Elizabeth Convent as follows:

              $1,000 to the Boarding House for Children with Special Needs

              $1,000 to the Boarding Home #3 for Adults with Special Needs

              $500 for the Women’s Rehabilitation Center

              $500 for the Men’s Rehabilitation Center

 

In 2018, the St Elizabeth Ladies Committee / Otrada donated the following:

  • $500 - to the St Elizabeth Convent Boarding House for Children with Special Needs

  • $500 - to the St Elizabeth Convent Boarding Home for Adults with Special Needs

  • $1,225 - to the St Barnabas Education Center - Kenya Orthodox Mission 

In 2019, the St Elizabeth Ladies Committee / Otrada donated the following:

  • $500 to ZoeforLife! (Michigan Chapter)

  • 30,000 Rubles (~$500) to dobryaki.ru for their Box of Courage

  • $1,000 to the St Barnabas Education Center - Kenya Orthodox Mission 

  • $1,000 to The Decani Monastery Relief Fund

  • $500 to the Coastal Community Foundation of SC - Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund 

The ARAA/Otrada Prince Sergei Belosselsky-Belozersky Charitable Fund

As a result of a merger of the American Russian Aid Association and Otrada Inc in 1999, this Fund was established in memory of Prince Sergei Belosselsky-Belozersky the founder of the ARAA.  Interest earned from the Fund is used to meet the needs of the Russian people, people of Russian ancestry, and the people of the Orthodox Christian faith both in Russia and outside: through donations to qualified charitable non-profit and religious organizations; through disbursements to organizations that further the stated mission and goals of ARAA-Otrada; or directly to individuals in need of charitable assistance.  

In 2016, the Belosselsky Fund distributed the following:

  • Holy Trinity Monastery

    • $5k (Summer Liturgical Music Program)

    • $5k (General Repair Fund)

  • Russian Gift of Life - $10k

  • St John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund - $3k

  • Fund for Assistance to ROCOR - $3k

  • A family in need of charitable assistance - $3k

  • Ruskaya Zhyizin

    • $1k directed for the development of a website

    • $2k for general needs

  • Russian American Community Services  - $2k to the Bestow Mercy Program

  • RACH-C - $500 for the Russian American History Month

In 2017, the Belosselsky Fund distributed the following:

  • $10,000 to the Russian Gift of Live to help children in need

  • $5,000 to the St Peter and Paul ROC in Santa Rosa, CA to benefit parishioners impacted by the Wildfires

  • $5,000 to the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America (ROCOR) to provide Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

  • $2,500 to the Eastern American Diocese (ROCOR) to support the Costa Rica Mission

  • $2,500 to the Diocese of the South (OCA) to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Irma

  • $2,000 to the ORPR Scout Camp for the needs of the youth of the Chicago and MidAmerica Diocese (ROCOR): $1k to their general fund, and $1000 to their Bright Friday Fundraiser

  • $4,000 allocated to the Russian Orthodox Convent (Novo Diveevo) to support their sponsorship of the St Herman's Youth Conference (plus free use of the Belosselsky and Banquet Halls) and purchase gifts for the conference attendees

 

In 2018, the Belosselsky Fund distributed the following:

  • $1,000 to ОРЮР (Washington Chapter) to support their 2018 summer camp for children

  • $2,000 to Foundation of Russian History - Jordanville, NY to support their Last Days of the Last Tsar exhibition

  • $10,000 to the Russian Gift of Live to help children in need

  • $5,000 to The Benevolent Memorial Fund of St John - Western American Diocese - ROCOR - Kemerovo, Russia Appeal  

  • $1,000 to the Give Hope Foundation, Brooklyn NY - Homeless Outreach Program

  • $5,000 to the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem

  • $5,000 to the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad - 2018 Youth Conference

  • $2,536 to the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry of the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA

  • $2,500 to the Orthodox Christian Network a ministry of the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA

  • $5,000 to the Russian Humanitarian Mission in support of the Burn Center in Donetsk

  • $2,000 to the Brooklyn Homeless “Give Hope Foundation” 

  • $5,000 to the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) for Hurricane Michael relief

In 2019, the Belosselsky Fund distributed the following (so far):

  • $2,000 to the Brooklyn Homeless “Give Hope Foundation” 

  • $4,000 to Zoeforlife! 

  • $5,000 to the Russian Humanitarian Mission in support of the Burn Center in Donetsk

  • $2,536 to the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry of the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA

  • $5,010 to the Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund 

  • $1,000 to the Holy Trinity Monastery (Jordanville, NY) to support the Summer Youth Program

  • $4,000 to the Russian History Foundation (Jordanville, NY) in support of their Revealing the Divine exhibition

  • $800 to support and host the Rotary Children's Fund's international dance group

  • $1,500 to the Historical Studies of the Russian Church Abroad (Jordanville, NY)

  • $3,500 to the National Organization of Volunteers NORD- “Rus” to support a Scouting Seminar

  • $2,500 to the Synod of Bishops of ROCOR - to support the Hermitage of The Holy Protection (Buena, NJ)