|Decoration "For Beneficence"|
Image of the decoration
|Awarded by Russian Federation|
|Eligibility||Russian and foreign citizens|
|Awarded for||For acts of charity and good deeds|
|Established||3 May 2012|
|First awarded||3 May 2012|
|Total awarded||3 (As of May 2012)|
|Next (higher)||Cross of St. George|
|Next (lower)||Decoration For Impeccable Service|
The Decoration "For Beneficence" may be awarded for:
- Significant charity efforts to support children’s homes, nursing homes, orphanages, hospices or medical facilities in Russia;
- Public works aimed at improving the level of morality and tolerance in society, promoting human values and human rights, and combating the spread of dangerous diseases and habits;
- Contributions to the development of Russian science, culture, education or healthcare.
- Assisting Non-governmental organizations or religious organisations with socially significant activities.
- Efforts aimed at strengthening the institution of marriage and family.
The decoration is a round, silver-gilt medal 32 millimetres (1.3 in) in diameter with a raised rim on both sides. The obverse is colored with blue enamel. In the center is a golden image of a pelican, feeding its young. Surrounding the image is a gold oak wreath. The reverse bears the inscription "ЗА БЛАГОДЕЯНИЕ" ("FOR CHARITY") and the number of the award. The decoration is suspended from a 24 mm moire silk ribbon in blue with thin gold stripes at the edges. The gold stripes are 2 mm wide and 2 mm from the edges of the ribbon.
- "Executive Order establishing the Order of St Catherine the Great Martyr and the Decoration "For Beneficence"". eng.kremlin.ru. President of Russia. http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/3734. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Executive Order on awarding the Order of St Catherine the Great Martyr and the Decoration "For Beneficence"". eng.kremlin.ru. President of Russia. http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/3736. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Подписан Указ "Об учреждении ордена Святой великомученицы Екатерины и знака отличия «За благодеяние"" (in Russian). http://kremlin.ru. President of Russia. 3 May 2012. http://kremlin.ru/news/15192#sel=99:1,106:19. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
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