Tolstoy Foundation

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The Tolstoy Foundation is a non-profit charitable, philanthropic organization. It was established on April 26, 1939 by Alexandra Tolstaya, youngest daughter of the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, and her old friend Tatiana Schaufuss. Its headquarters are in Rockland County, New York in Valley Cottage.


Its original purpose was to help Russian refugees from Europe and Soviet Union. Later, the foundation played an important role in helping Soviet displaced persons, dissidents and former Soviet citizens to settle in the West. Presently among its goals the foundation lists education and training programs worldwide. Tolstoy Foundation has many branches of humanitarian organizations: it has elderly care homes, homes for orphaned children, free cultural institutes and kindergarten and education institutes.



The position of President was eliminated in 1996





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