The Zimin Foundation is a philanthropic organization established by the entrepreneur and engineer Dr Dmitry Borisovich Zimin (1933–2021) and his son Boris Zimin, with the aim of advancing science and education for the benefit of humanity.
Dr Zimin was a founder and honorary president of Vimpelcom (the Beeline brand ), the first Russian company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, through an IPO back in 1996, and which has since become VEON group.
After retiring and selling his controlling stake in Vimpelcom, in 2001, Dr Zimin devoted himself to philanthropy, transferring 90% of his wealth to an endowment. For over a decade starting in 2002, his philanthropic activities focused mainly on Russia and were facilitated through the Dynasty Foundation. The Dynasty Foundation was managed by an independent Board, on which the Zimin family was represented by Dr Zimin and his son Boris.
Throughout its existence, the Dynasty Foundation supported thousands of students, young scientists, and teachers; more than 100 popular science books were published, and a plethora of events aimed at popularizing science were organized and supported.
In 2015 the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation labelled the Dynasty Foundation as a “foreign agent”, and the Board and the Zimin family made the difficult decision to wrap up the Foundation’s activities. Since then, the Zimin Foundation has continued the Zimin family’s philanthropic activities. While the Zimin Foundation continues the legacy of the Dynasty Foundation, its programmes are not focused on Russia, and the Foundation operates globally.
After Dr Zimin’s death, on 22 December 2021, his son Boris became the leader of all of the Zimin Foundation’s philanthropic activities.