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Naked Heart Foundation www.nakedheart.org

Our mission is to provide a safe and inspiring environment in which to play for every child living
in urban Russia.

This is clearly a huge task,
but one that we are slowly fulfilling:
one screw,
one bar,
one fence,
one slide,
one swing,
and one community at a time.

We believe that play is a necessity, not a luxury, and that
every child should be given a secure environment in which
to play.
Please join us in making this dream come true, for all
Russia's children.
Natalia Vodianova

The Naked Heart Foundation’s story is the story of Natalia Vodianova, our founder and benefactor. Natalia grew up in poverty in Nizhny Novgorod – Russia’s 4th largest city, population 1.27 million – with her mother and two sisters, one of whom has cerebral palsy. Natalia experienced at first hand the effects of play deprivation, working to help pay the bills from a young age, and too afraid to play out on the street. It was these childhood experiences that in 2005 pushed Natalia to found the Naked Heart Foundation to bring safe outdoor play into the lives of underprivileged children in her home country. As one of the world’s most successful models and a mother to three children of her own, Natalia vowed to become a bridge between the international fashion world and the needs of Russian children.

The Naked Heart Foundation began, in 2006, with a single play park in Nizhny Novgorod, Natalia’s home town. We have today built thirty-nine play parks (each up to 2,000 metres squared) and smaller playgrounds in thirty Russian cities. To read more about our play facilities, please go to our play parks.

The organisation
Beginning as a one-man team in 2006, we have tried to stay true to our roots and remain streamline today, with two employees in the Russian Federation and two employees working internationally on fundraising and communications. Founder Natalia Vodianova and a small team of devoted trustees are actively involved in the day-to-day running of and fundraising for the organization. In addition, we receive pro-bono legal support from Salans internationally, and Clifford Chance in Moscow.

Legal status
The Naked Heart Foundation is a registered charity in the UK and the US and a non-commercial organization in the Russian Federation. Details of our registrations can be found below.

UK: The Naked Heart Foundation is a company limited by guarantee incorporated under the laws of England and Wales on 26 June 2007 with company registration number 6293334. It is registered with the Charities Commission of England and Wales with number 1122345.

US: The Naked Heart Foundation is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as of 11 May 2005. The Foundation was incorporated on 10 September, 2004 pursuant to Section 402 of the Not-for-Profit Corporate Law of the State of New York.

Russia: The Children's Relief Foundation "Fond obnazhennye serdtsa" is a non-commercial organization without membership established in accordance with the Civil Code of the Russian Federation on 22 March 2006

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