The Saby Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Kazakhstan. It is on a mission to promote public awareness of local charitable ventures and make philanthropy both effective for those benefiting from it, and attractive to potential sponsors. Dedicated to the most vulnerable population sectors, the foundation helps disabled people, and disadvantaged young people achieve a brighter and more secure future.
All programs run by the foundation are based on the belief that philanthropy should help people improve their own lives rather than presume to solve problems for them. Main areas of activity include: academic support, vocational education and medical assistance for orphaned or abandoned children and young people; financial help and enrichment for gifted children; funding and guidance for innovative business initiatives; upgrade and renovation of educational infrastructure and medical facilities
All programs funded by the Saby Charitable Foundation focus on uplifting Kazakh society, healthcare and economy. The Saby team selects partners and projects at their discretion, guided by the foundation’s values and the needs of their target audiences. Anyone interested in receiving or providing support through the Saby Foundation can read more and make contact via the foundation’s website.
In addition to these programs the foundation also holds an annual competition called Build Your Business in which young entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses are invited to pitch their ideas with the goal of winning a generous non-reimbursable grant. The event was initiated by the foundation’s co-founder Kenes (Kenges) Rakishev, who also takes an active part in the selection process. Since the program’s initiation in 2013, the Saby Foundation has granted a total of more than US$1 million to over 40 participants.
The Saby Charitable Foundation was founded in 2002 by Kenes (Kenges) Rakishev and his wife Assel Imangalievna Tasmagambetova. Since it was launched, the foundation has developed a start-up competition and eight core programs – all ongoing. In 2018, the foundation’s annual budget was recorded as exceeding US$17 million.