Evgeny Lebedev


Saving Africa's Elephants

Evgeny is a patron of Space for Giants, an international conservation charity based in the UK and Kenya that protects African elephants from poaching.

In 2014 The Independent titles and Evening Standard ran a campaign that raised over £500,000 for the charity, which was used to train wildlife wardens and buy new conservation areas in which elephants could live.

Evgeny is also spearheading the Giants Club, an initiative that he founded with Space for Giants to bring together global leaders committed to conservation, visionary leaders of African states, and enlightened heads of major businesses operating in Africa, in order to save the continent’s remaining elephant population.

Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

The Dispossessed Fund

Evgeny is patron of the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund. This was launched by the newspaper after a series of shocking exposés revealing the depths of hidden poverty in parts of London. Readers responded strongly to the series with offers to donate to help alleviate the problem.

The Evening Standard originally used the Dispossessed Fund to raise £1 million to donate to small, grassroots charities in the capital. It has now raised more than £10 million and distributed funds to 650 charities helping an estimated 100,000 Londoners in need.


Charity appeals run annually across The Evening Standard and Independent

Homeless Veterans

Last year, working with ABF The Soldiers' Charity and Veterans Aid, the papers raised over one million pounds for soldiers in the UK who had fallen on hard times.

Elephant Appeal

In 2013, working with Space for Giants, the papers raised over half a million pounds for the Independent's Elephant Appeal, to help stop poachers slaughtering elephants for their ivory.

Child Soldiers

In 2012, working with UNICEF, the papers raised over quarter of a million pounds to finance rehabilitation centres in the Central African Republic for former child soldiers to be given psychological care.

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Combatting Childhood Cancer

Evgeny was chairman of the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation. Founded in 2006, the foundation was started  to help children with cancer. It aims to remove financial, national and political barriers to treatment, both life-saving and life-enhancing, in Russia and Britain. It has now raised over £10 million.

Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala

Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala: In 2011, over £1 million was raised by 300 guests at Evgeny’s house in Hampton Court, for the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation and the UK’s leading cancer charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Step by step results are improving… in the level of care, quality of life and positive outcome of treatment. The step provided by the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation is beyond measure. — Dr. George Mentkevich