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  Private grantmaking foundations are a fundamental         A LONG-STANDING TRADITION
resource to support the social, cultural, political and     AT ThE SERVIcE OF mODERN PhILANThROPY
economic development of a country since they deal
with needs left unattended by the public administra-        Fondazione Cariplo represents the historical con-
tion, the market or other nonprofit organizations or      tinuation of Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lom-
take an innovative approach to addressing the needs       barde, which was established in Milan on June 12, 1823
these entities tried but failed to satisfy.               to promote household savings in Lombardy, at the time
  It is precisely in this context that one should view    one of the most flourishing regions of the Austrian
the activities carried out by Fondazione Cariplo, one     Empire.
of the world’s main philanthropic organizations, which
took over the long-standing philanthropic tradition of      Officially, Fondazione Cariplo was set up in Decem-
Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde and now       ber 1991 when the “Amato-Carli” legislation laid the
manages the assets the latter accumulated over 180        groundwork for the reorganization of Italy’s banking
years.                                                    system. Under the Amato-Carli Act, Italian Savings
                                                          Banks had to segregate lending from their philanthrop-
                                                          ic activities by establishing dedicated foundations. Phi-
                                                          lanthropy thus became the mission of the newly estab-
                                                          lished foundations.

                                                                                                   A RESOURcE ThAT hELPS SOcIAL AND cIVIL
Telemaco Signorini, Non potendo aspettare, (oil on canvas, 1867), Fondazione Cariplo Collection

                                                                                                  ORGANIZATIONS BETTER SERVE ThEIR OWN

                                                                                                    The Foundation operates based on the principle of          2) foster the formation and consolidation of inde-
                                                                                                  subsidiarity and does not aim at taking the place of       pendent social entities that can autonomously take
                                                                                                  other public or private organizations. Conversely, the     care of community needs. Fondazione Cariplo funds
                                                                                                  Foundation sees itself as an entity that anticipates       organizations that later on may take off on their own
                                                                                                  emerging needs and is capable of providing novel re-       by gathering funds from other sources or operating in
                                                                                                  sponses to the needs that other players either failed to   the market.
                                                                                                  satisfy or just can’t meet.
                                                                                                    Fondazione Cariplo is thus a ‘go-between’ organiza-        3) contribute to solving the community’s problems
                                                                                                  tion - between public and private - that has the ability   acting as a catalyst for the parties involved.
                                                                                                  to respond to unmet need.                                    The Foundation therefore pays special attention to
                                                                                                                                                             projects and initiatives that leverage synergies through
                                                                                                    mAIN OBJEcTIVES                                          networks and alliances.

                                                                                                    The Foundation has three main objectives:                  The modernization process undergone by Fondazio-
                                                                                                                                                             ne Cariplo in the last few years turned it into an organi-
                                                                                                    1) contribute to the development of local communi-       zation that is in keeping with the times, staffed with
                                                                                                  ties, especially by funding innovative projects geared     young, specialized personnel, equipped with specific
                                                                                                  to the development of the community’s human capital.       operational strategies and the appropriate structures,
                                                                                                  Hence, Fondazione Cariplo gives priority to funding        tools and processes to guarantee high accountability
                                                                                                  specific projects rather than providing general aid to     and transparency standards in the implementation of
                                                                                                  organizations.                                             the modern philanthropy projects that can give ideas
                                                                                                                                                             a future.

  Since its establishment in 1991 Fondazione Cari-
plo has funded about 20 thousand projects with total
grants in excess of €1.7 billion to nonprofit organiza-
  These are significant figures, which are testament to
the Foundation’s generous philanthropic commitment          ENVIRONMENT                                             2%
in its various program areas. Specifically 36% of grants    ARTS AND CULTURE                                        36%
were made in the Social Services area, about 36% in         SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH                                     9%
the Arts and Culture area, about 9% in the Scientific
                                                            SOCIAL SERVICES                                         36%
Research area, 2% in the Environment area, 14% in
                                                            OTHER SECTORS                                           3%
philanthropy and volunteer work, plus grants made in
                                                            PHILANTHROPY AND VOLUNTEERISM                           14%
other areas.                                                                                                                                  mONITORING AND ASSESSmENT

  Currently the Foundation is funding about one thou-                                                                                         The Foundation is working also to set up a process      a useful tool to assess the effectiveness of the projects

sand projects per year that were selected from among                                                                                        to assess the implementation of the projects it funded.   implemented and work out future strategies.

all the applications for grants received based on their                                                                                     This is a brand new concept for Foundations as well as

viability and consistency with the strategies outlined in
the Foundation’s Action Plans, i.e., the practical guide-
                                                                                                                                            2008 GRANTMAKING ACTIVITY
lines that orientate the Foundation’s grantmaking. The                                                                      2008
                                                                                                                            211. 643. 417
                                                                                                                                             PROGRAm AREAS                                        n. grants                  millions euro                 %
projects submitted to the Foundation undergo a rigor-
                                                                                                                                               ENVIRONMENT                                             175                             13,7               6,5
ous selection and assessment process, entailing also                                                        2007
                                                                                                            179. 854. 605
                                                                                                                                               ARTS AND CULTURE                                         512                           55,5               26,2
an international peer-review.
                                                                                                                                               SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH                                     149                             41,7              19,7
  Over the last five years, total grants increased by                                       164. 538. 758

                                                                                                                                               SOCIAL SERVICES                                         330                            66,7               31,4
almost 50%, with a steady growth also in scientific re-                     2005
                                                                            155. 852. 538                                                      OTHER SECTORS                                             15                             5,5               2,6
search and the environment that had always been pro-
                                                            2004                                                                               PHILANTHROPY AND VOLUNTEERISM                            79                            28,7               13,6
gram areas receiving a smaller share of grants.             135. 382. 802
                                                                                                                                             TOTAL                                                    1.260                          211,6                100


  To outline its overall strategy Fondazione Cariplo         better respond to its stakeholders’ needs, the Founda-        ARTS AND cULTURE
relies on a strategic planning support team named            tion designed its organization around four main areas of      This program area relates to the cultural heritage in    forming arts field, the Foundation’s goal is to increase
Osservatorio whose objective is to capture society’s         activity, each one with dedicated staff. These four areas   general, i.e. archeological, artistic, architectural and   opportunities for artistic expression for people of all
changes and evolving needs and to identify the Founda-       are the Environment, Arts and Culture, Scientific Re-       environmental assets, libraries, historical archives       backgrounds and broaden public participation, espe-
tion’s next steps. The general strategy is then set out in   search and Technology Transfer, and Social Services.        and museums. Due to the magnitude of the problems          cially among the underprivileged.
the Multi-year Framework Plan and broken down into                                                                       in this field, the Foundation gears its action to promo-
the specific objectives set out in the Action Plans. To                                                                  ting “best practices”, which set an example. In the per-

                                                                                                                          ARTS AND cULTURE AREA’S DATA
                                                                                                                          2006                              2007                      2008                        Total
                                                                                                                          395 > grants                      506 > grants              512 > grants                1413 > grants
                                                                                                                          53,5 > millions €                 52,5 > millions €         55,5 > millions €           161,5 > millions €

  In this program area, the Foundation promotes new          energy, renewable energy sources, and sustainable
project models based on the principles of environmen-        mobility in urban centers. An additional objective is to      SOcIAL SERVIcES
tal sustainability and favors a participatory approach       develop, organize and spread knowledge in this area           Supporting social innovation means taking care of        bor market, the disabled, social housing, intercultural
to establishing and implementing said models. In the         for policy-making, citizen/consumer lifestyles as well      the individual as a whole, taking care of the diverse      education, International cooperation, social cohesion
last few years, the Foundation’s work in this area re-       as business production and innovation processes to          needs they have. In the area of social services, the       and inclusion.
volved around conserving and capitalizing on environ-        become more sustainability oriented.                        Foundation resolved to commit to certain focus areas
mental resources at the local level, the rational use of                                                                 such as the protection of children, access to the la-

 ThE ENVIRONmENT AREA’S DATA                                                                                              SOcIAL SERVIcES AREA’S DATA

 2006                               2007                       2008                        Total                          2006                              2007                      2008                        Total

 108 > grants                       166 > grants               175 > grants                449 > grants                   205 > grants                      230 > grants              330 > grants                765 > grants

 6,8 > millions €                   8,3 > millions €           13,7 > millions €           28,9 > millions €              33,5 > millions €                 42,9 > millions €         66,4 > millions €           142,8 > millions €
    FROm STRATEGY TO AcTION                                                                                                 FONDAZIONE cARIPLO GRANTmAKING

  ScIENTIFIc RESEARch                                                                                                     FIXED-DEADLINE cALLS FOR PROPOSALS                         mINOR LANDmARK GRANTS
  The Foundation aims at creating a favorable envi-      entific communication. Thus, the Foundation can war-             These are the main vehicle to solicit applications for     These are grants that fund local projects handled by
ronment for scientific research, technology transfer     rant none of its projects is a duplicate and it fulfills its   grants annually. These calls set out a deadline for the    local Community Foundations. The local Community
and the development of applied research findings,        role as a catalyst, multiplying resources and their ef-        presentation of grant applications by nonprofit organi-    Foundation issues calls for proposals, examines appli-
by backing synergic actions geared to the creation of    fectiveness.                                                   zations.                                                   cations and finally proposes selected grantees. The ul-
networks and partnerships, the participation in inter-                                                                                                                             timate decision on grantees and grant amount is made
national projects, the development of human capital,                                                                      OPEN-DEADLINE cALLS FOR PROPOSALS                        by Fondazione Cariplo.
the production of better knowledge and improved sci-                                                                      These are calls under grantmaking lines which span
                                                                                                                        at least 3 years. Applications can be submitted at any       cONTRIBUTIONS TO LOcAL PROJEcTS
 ScIENTIFIc RESEARch AREA’S DATA                                                                                        time. This gives organizations time to design projects       These are contributions to small projects. Fondazio-
 2006                            2007                       2008                         Total                          that are more innovative and in line with the Founda-      ne Cariplo assigned the management of these grants
 60 > grants                     181 > grants               149> grants                  390 > grants                   tion’s groundbreaking intent. Prior to submitting the      to Community Foundations and still directly manages
 22,9 > millions €               48,5 > millions €          41,7 > millions €            113,1 > millions €             application, applicants are required to present a pre-     only contributions the city of Milan (and part of the Mi-
                                                                                                                        liminary project that is be examined and discussed with    lan province).
                                                                                                                        the relevant Program Officer. The organization then
                                                                                                                        decides whether to accept the recommended changes,           PERmANENT GRANT LINES
                                                                                                                        if any, and amend the project accordingly, withhold the      These are grants made to support the activities of
                                                                                                                        application or submit the application for the project in   key local nonprofit organizations, which embody excel-
                                                                                                                        its original version.                                      lence in their respective field.

                                                                                                                          mAJOR LANDmARK GRANTS                                      SPONSORShIPS
                                                                                                                          These are grants whereby Fondazione Cariplo co-            Sponsorships are decided directly by the Founda-
                                                                                                                        funds key initiatives in Lombardy and the provinces of     tion President to support cultural initiatives or events.
                                                                                                                        Novara and Verbania. Each year two different provinces     Sponsorships may involve the pledging of money or be
                                                                                                                        are selected as grantees in accordance with a specific     mere endorsements. If money is pledged, the amount is
                                                                                                                        schedule. The Foundation earmarks €7.5 million to          generally modest.
                                                                                                                        each of the two provinces annually.

  Though still pursuing its philanthropic mission by                             for their design, management and assessment. Some
funding nonprofit organizations, Fondazione Cariplo                              projects entail cross-functional, multi-disciplinary
has gone beyond traditional grant-making. In fact,                               team work.
some time ago the Foundation resolved to promote,                                  From being a ‘passive’ grant-making entity Fonda-                          LAIV - Italian acronym for “Live Performing Art      ART GATE. A project designed to facilitate people’s en-
design and implement its own projects in partnership                             zione Cariplo has thus become an active player pione-                        Lab”. This project aims at fostering the learning    joyment of the large Fondazione Cariplo’s art collection
with other entities and acting as a catalyst for financial                       ering innovative projects that create knowledge and                          and practicing of performing arts by getting Lom-    through an innovative interactive virtual gallery.
resources. Because of their significance, originality or                         offer duplicable models.                                                     bardy’s senior secondary schools closer to music
specificity, these projects are given special importance                                                                                                      and theatre organizations.

among the various activities carried out by the Founda-                                                                                                                               Work and Psyche. A project aimed at developing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and disseminating an innovative model to help
tion and involve large financial and human resources
                                                                                                                                                              Mobility Management project for Milan’s uni-         an increasing number of people with psychiatric
                                                                                                                                                              versities. This project promotes awareness of        disorders find and hold a job.
                                                                                                                                                              alternative mobility solutions and offers a con-
                          Cultural Districts. A project that aims at capital-                           a home’ to Lombardy’s emergent performance            crete proposal to help solving traffic and pollu-
                          izing on cultural assets at the local level as a le-                          companies specializing in theater production, re-     tion problems.                                       Ager - Agro-food and Research. This project
                          ver to promote the economic, social and cultural                              sulting in establishing new Resident Theaters.                              was promoted by a partnership among Founda-
                          development in the region by creating cultural                                                                                                              tions of banking origin that over a three-year
                          districts.                                                                                                                          NOBEL - Operational Network for Excellence in        period will allocate €23 million to fund scien-
                                                   Interculture. This project aims at promoting the      Lombardy’s Biomedicine. €12 million in three         tific research in the agro-food sector (fruits &
                                                                                                        integration of foreign students in local schools      years for the networking of the best technology      vegetables, cereal crops, grape-growing and
                          EST - Educating to Science and Technology is                                  by experimenting and assessing solutions as           and talents and thus boost biomedical research.      wine-making, animal husbandry).
                          a project conducted in cooperation with local                                 well as disseminating best practices through the      The project is carried out in collaboration with
                          science museums aiming at sparking an interest                                networking of schools and organizations.              Fondazione CariTRO.
                          in science in elementary and middle school stu-                                                                                           Foundations4Africa. Under this project, €10 mil-
                          dents in Lombardy and in the provinces of Novara                                                                                    Social Housing. This project aims at providing a     lion will be allocated to promote development in
                          and Verbania.                                                                 Malawi. This long-term project carried out in         tangible solution to the housing needs of the less   Senegal and Uganda. The project will be conduct-
                                                                            cooperation with IntesaSanPaolo aims at eradicating   fortunate by giving them a chance to live inde-      ed jointly with three other foundations of banking
                                                                                                        the plague of AIDS and at promoting development in    pendently on their own. To pursue this project,      origin and in cooperation with major NGOs operat-
                          Être - Italian acronym for “A project with                                    one of the world’s poorest country.                   Fondazione Housing Sociale was established.          ing in the two African countries.
                          resident theaters”. This project aims at ‘giving                                                                             

                         Housing Emegency. A project testing a new                                  Scuola 21. This project targeted to secondary
                         approach in the provision of emergency ac-                                 schools aims at leveraging education to
                         commodation as an alternative to dormitories                               provide a new response to the problems
                         with the objective of rehabilitation and social                            of sustainability engendered by the man-
                         inclusion of the individuals in need.                                      environment interaction.
                         TTVenture. This technology transfer vehi-
                         cle aims at funding the transfer of research                               Audit GIS. A project geared to promote energy
                         breakthroughs to businesses with the objec-                                savings by raising people’s awareness by making
                         tive to bring together research centers, busi-                             publicly available the outcome of the energy audits
                         nesses and investors and provide financial                                 of small and medium-sized buildings (previously
                         backing to high-tech projects developed un-                                funded by the Foundation under a dedicated
                         der joint ventures formed between universi-                                call for proposals) of small and medium-sized
                         ties and businesses.                                                       buildings via online interactive maps.

                                                                                                                                                             Fondazione Cariplo won the 2008 Annual Report Oscar, the prestigious award
  cOmmUNITY FOUNDATIONS                                                                                                                                   organized by FERPI (Federazione Relazioni Pubbliche Italiana) that in the last 45
                                                                                                                                                          years has been given to organizations that achieved excellence in communication
                                                                                                                                                          and transparency.
  Through community foundations Fondazione Cari-                           Community Foundations have spread rapidly and as
plo intends to foster the development of independent                       many as 19 were established in our country, of which 15
entities that promote philanthropy and the culture of                      set up by Fondazione Cariplo itself. Community Foun-
giving locally. That is why in 1998 Fondazione Cariplo                     dations serve the public good by promoting innovative
launched the Community Foundations project which                           projects in the program areas identified by Fondazione
                                                                                                                                                             Fondazione Cariplo was granted the C2E, “Committed to Excellence”, certification
led to establishing these foundations in all of Lom-                       Cariplo and by getting other public and private institu-                       by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM). C2E is the first of the
bardy’s provincial capital cities, as well as in Verbania                  tions to co-fund the projects.                                                 three steps in the journey to excellence that was initiated by the Foundation with the
                                                                                                                                                          launch of a number of continuous improvement projects.
and Novara. Since the launch of the project in 1998,
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