The second edition of the “Guide to Community Foundations in Italy” delves into the reality and potential of community foundations in our country. Produced by Assifero with the support of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and the scientific collaboration of AICCON, the guide is a fundamental collection of stories, data, reports, and experiences that outline the current and future landscape of these foundations.
Community Foundations are increasingly established in Italy, showing growth both locally and nationally, thanks in part to investments from institutional donors, particularly in Southern Italy. The guide captures the voices of those who bet on challenging paths, innovating and facing challenges for sustainable impact.
Community Foundations, present in Italy for over twenty years, have played a crucial role in responding to environmental, economic, civil, cultural, and social challenges. These foundations have proven to be true platforms for social change, capable of shifting power and representation towards local communities, enhancing participation and active involvement. This transformative approach confirms their fundamental role in promoting sustainable local human development.
Community Foundations stand out as activators, catalysts, and propellants. As activators, they trigger and activate social capital, people, organizations, and community groups, facilitating grassroots participation. As propellants, they encourage collaborations across territories, triggering processes of innovation in various areas. Finally, as catalysts, they attract financial resources and expertise to realize the desires and ambitions of communities, building a vision of sustainable local human development.
The guide is an important resource for all those interested in the world of community philanthropy, offering a detailed and motivating overview of Italian community foundations, their goals, and the impact they are having on sustainable development and social innovation in Italy, with a contribution also from the Community Foundation of Agrigento and Trapani.