Business Develops Charity Culture in Kazakhstan

Last September, the international Charities Aid Foundation published its regular annual charity rating, the World Giving Index 2017. It shows that over the past seven years Kazakhstan has risen significantly in the world charity rating – from 121st position in 2010 to 87th in 2017. According to the report, 40% of the Kazakhs prefer providing charity support in the form of alms, while only 31% of the country’s population donates through officially formed charity foundations.

It is difficult to explain for sure why there is such a gap –whether it reflects the distrust of the population to charity funds in general or this is because of difficulties faced by the ordinary Kazakhs when trying to interact with the foundations. On the way to improving the situation, the funds often go for cooperation with country’s business environment, arranging various coordinated charity event and projects.

For example, based on the results of the annual Charity Award "Altyn Zhurek" ("Heart of Gold"), in 2016-2017 its nominees donated moneyed assistance amounting to 29.4 billion tenge, which is 13.6 billion more than in 2015-2016.

"When arranging charity events, representatives of well-recognized brands answer for the fair practices with their own reputation, and thus they have higher credibility than little-known funds," says Anuar Utemuratov, President of Burger King® in Kazakhstan and the youngest son of influential Kazakhstani businessman Bulat Utemuratov. "We are aware of our role in the development of charity culture, and we want to involve as many Kazakhs as possible in transparent, open and honest acts of kindness and mercy," he emphasized.

The Utemuratovs are widely known in Kazakhstan for their sponsorship and charity efforts. Managed by Anuar Utemuratov, Burger King Kazakhstan cooperates with the local subdivision of Red Crescent and supports SOS Children’s Villages among other projects. The elder brother, businessman Alidar Utemuratov, focuses on innovative technology, telecommunications and IT-solutions, while helping with projects of the non-governmental foundation "Ana Yii" ("Mother’s home"). Finally, Bulat Utemuratov established his own charity foundation, Asyl Miras, rendering assistance to kids with autistic spectrum disorders and infantile cerebral paralysis, victims of natural disasters, medical facilities, perinatal and rehabilitation centers, orphanages and more.