ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The Nando Peretti Foundation was founded in 2000 as a philanthropic foundation, at the initiative of Elsa Peretti. The Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Elsa's father, Nando, a distinguished businessman who built Anonima Petroli Italiana (API) into one of the leading European oil companies. Over the past 15 years, the NPF has awarded grants to over 852 projects, for an overall estimated value of more than EUR 42 million with many more projects to come. The Foundation was thus able to reach and impact on 79 different countries all over the world. The NPF has granted resources to global issues such as the fight against deforestation, valuing and encouraging at the same time smaller, more specific and time-limited projects, such as the support to local disadvantaged communities. This two-fold approach towards the global and the local level is, perhaps, one of the strongest points of the Nando Peretti Foundation. We believe that the results of our action give credit to this approach.
Initially, the NPF's mission was characterized by two major commitments: an emphasis on environment and wildlife conservation, and a focus on humanitarian and charity programs, with a particular attention to first-aid interventions for relieving poverty and suffering. Over the years, the areas and the range of activities funded by the NPF's grants have been significantly expanded to match the widening of the overall philanthropic vision of the Foundation. As the requests for assistance have multiplied over the years, it has become evident that in order to make a difference in improving the general welfare of people, relieving immediate suffering was crucial, but not sufficient. A further commitment to improve people's opportunities and expand their choices was also needed. As a consequence, today the Nando Peretti Foundation awards grants to finance projects aiming at a wider variety of purposes than originally planned.
A major pillar of the NPF philanthropic strategy consists in projects aiming at the promotion of human and civil rights, with a special emphasis on the right to education, children's rights, and women's rights and dignity. Over time, The NPF has also supported the requests of unrepresented people, and oppressed minorities for defending their right to exist and the preservation of their culture. Furthermore, every year an important part of the Foundation's endowments are destined to the promotion of physical and mental health. A large number of medical and scientific research projects have been financed through dozens of grants in partnerships with some of the most important Italian and International Universities and Research Institutes. For the same purposes, the Foundation also supports more specific types of intervention, such as the building of entire hospitals or sanitary facilities, and the purchase of technological and medical equipment in advanced, as well as poor countries.
The Foundation's commitment for issues concerning the environment and wildlife conservation has remained unaltered over time, funding several public awareness campaigns, and projects for the conservation of endemic species. Over the past few years, the Foundation has also become increasingly engaged in the promotion of culture and the arts. From individual scholarships granted to talented artists, to the funding of public exhibitions and concerts, and to the recovery and restoration of ancient artistic works; today, the number and typology of activities in favor of the arts is increasing.
Nevertheless, the Foundation has deliberately maintained a focus on the economic and material support for those who live in extreme hardship or poverty, with the belief that this form of assistance is nowadays not only necessary, but also, unfortunately, rare. In 16 years, the NFP has achieved many tangible results. In particular, the construction of 20 new schools, 6 orphanages, and 4 hospitals in poor countries all over the world. The Foundation has also assisted 15 animal species at risk of extinction, while more than 50 medical and scientific research projects have been financed, ranging from the researches on rare diseases to those on infant leukaemia. None of the results the Foundation has achieved over the years could have been possible without our numerous partners with whom a long-term and trusted relationships has been built. Whilst strongly believing in partnership, the NPF particularly cherishes its independence and freedom, and above all, the freedom to rely on its own intuition to sometimes make bets on visionary or risky projects. Undeniably, all this implies a certain risk of failure. The NPF has demonstrated to be willing to take such risk. The Board's decisions are as informed as possible, but, ultimately, instinct plays a big role in the choices made and so far the outcome has validated them.
The President of the Nando Peretti Foundation is Elsa Peretti.
Elsa Peretti, born in Florence, is the youngest daughter of Nando Peretti. She was educated in Rome and Switzerland. Elsa's outspoken personality, intolerant of the conventions of her milieu, led her to seek a different approach to life. This search marked her restless youth, during which she lived in many different countries. Two places are particularly important to her: Barcelona, where she started her career as a fashion model, and New York, where she started what was to become her main activity: designing. After working with such leading fashion designers such as Giorgio di Sant'Angelo, Halston, and many more, she joined Tiffany and Co. in 1974. Since then she continues adding new items to her collection. The main source of inspiration for Elsa has always been nature. The same gift, which enables her to abstract the essence of a shape from the details surrounding it has brought her to develop a particular attention to life even in its humblest forms. Over time, this aesthetic enchantment grew into an active concern over the future of our planet. In this process, two major challenges stand out as the core of her struggle to give concrete help to our future: the protection of our environment and the empowerment of children by protecting their rights to education and health. At the beginning of the new millennium she realized what she considers today the most ambitious achievement of her life: to assemble a staff of motivated people in a Foundation passionate to take up these challenges.
In 2015 the name was changed to "Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation".
In 2013, Elsa was the first non-Catalan person to be awarded the National Culture Award by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CoNCA).
She has had links with Catalonia since the early 1960s and has had established relations with artists of her generation. She has provided a great deal of support to cultural, scientific, humanitarian and educational initiatives and for human rights through the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation and through the Spanish Elsa Peretti Foundation, always combining past and present, tradition and innovation. Through the Elsa Peretti Foundation she has promoted the visual arts and fostered the consolidation, protection and dissemination of the historical, artistic, cultural, architectural and craft heritage of Catalonia. In the last year she has worked on projects such as the renovation of the church of Sant Martì Vell, the management of the sixteenth-century historical documents of the town, the conservation of the photographic archive of Oriol Maspons and the conservation of the Roman city of Empúries.
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