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Working together in emergency

«We are facing extraordinary difficult times and, more than ever before, we must join forces for the common good, support the most vulnerable in our communities and exercise responsibly in these crucial days.» - said Giovanni Fosti, President, Fondazione Cariplo

 

With this spirit in mind, Fondazione Cariplo has launched a special Fund committing the first 2 million euros, for the purpose of aggregating resources that will be used to provide assistance to the most vulnerable people and to support associations and nonprofit organisations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

A few days after, initiatives are multiplying at community level across Lombardy and the provinces of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Novara. The lead players in these efforts are Community Foundations, a beacon for their respective communities especially in these challenging times. Supported by institutions, businesses and individual donors contributing in different ways to combat the emergency, community foundations have promptly mobilized solidarity networks and prioritized use of resources.

Launched to catalyze and boost community resources, and spring-boarding efforts with a first contribution of around one million euros immediately released on 11 March, Fondazione Cariplo’s fund has already had a multiplier effect and the pool of financial resources has already reached 48 million euros.

 

Subsequently, ACRI - Association of Italian Foundations of Banking Origin, Fondazione Cariplo included, has launched a guarantee fund of five million euros to support nonprofit organisations impacted by the outbreak.

The overarching purpose of the fund is aptly described by the words of Giovanni Fosti, Fondazione Cariplo’s President who said "Alongside businesses also numerous nonprofit and volunteer organizations are struggling and this could jeopardise the provision of services. We believe it is absolutely urgent to catalyze resources to aid and draw attention to these organizations that play a key role for the services they provide to families and operate fundamental areas for our communities. The fund approved by our Board of Directors is a first action in which others may join: a first step to mobilize resources including those of other players and individuals willing to join us and collaborate with institutions and community foundations.”

In the current initial acute stage of the emergency, Fondazione Cariplo chose to give some 900,000 euros as an initial tranche of its financial contribution to the 16 local Community Foundations to jump-start or boost local funds supporting health or social assistance endeavors.

Pooling of resources is still underway.

Further down the road, Fondazione Cariplo shall address and assess, liaising with Community Foundations, the various needs and the most suitable actions to support local communities, re-start regular services and reinforce our communities’ cohesion.

«In these days, marked by the severity of pain and suffering that is being inflicted on so many people’s lives, two important words linger in our minds: responsibility and gratitude. Responsibility of each and every one of us, in the first place, to follow the guidelines and recommendations issued by the authorities. And gratitude to all those who are putting their health at risk in order to serve others.» - Giovanni Fosti, President, Fondazione Cariplo

 

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The initiatives in the communities

Bergamo Community Foundation

Building on an initial contribution of €50,000, the Sosteniamo Bergamo (Let’s Help Bergamo) Fund gathers resources to provide community care services for vulnerable people who cannot leave their home and other emergency help, including health protection, in collaboration with Caritas local diocesan branch. Financial resources raised are used to buy personal protective gear for everyone delivering meals and medicines to people in need, to enhance home assistance services for the elderly and expand home assistance for  people with disabilities and mental health conditions who can no longer be taken care of at day care centers as well as for people recently discharged from hospitals.

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Brescia Community Foundation

Started with the initial €50,000 contribution from Fondazione Cariplo and €100,000 added by the local foundation, the AiutiamoBrescia (Let’s Help Brescia) fund helps hospitals handle the Coronavirus emergency. In the few days since its launch, over 7 million euros have been raised and donations keep coming in. Donations can be made either into the dedicated bank account that was set up or through the IntesaSanpaolo Forfunding platform. 

For information and donations visit

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Como Community Foundation

With the initial €50,000 contribution from Fondazione Cariplo, the Como Community Foundation set up the Emergenza Coronavirus (Coronavirus Emergency) fund to support the local hospital. The response of the community has been remarkable: over €300,000 raised in just 3 days through donations made into the dedicated bank account or through a Crowdfunding platform. Information on how to give can be found at

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Cremona Community Foundation

Launch is pending

Lecco Community Foundation

Set up with an initial €50,000 contribution from Fondazione Cariplo and €100,000 given by the Lecco community foundation, the Aiutiamoci (Let’s help ourselves) fund supports local healthcare facilities. The community response has been tremendous as people spontaneously formed fundraising groups and donations have already topped €500,000. For more information and to donate visit

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Lodi Community Foundation

The Lodi Community Foundation launched the Emergenza Coronavirus nel Lodigiano Coronavirus Emergency fund for the Lodi area to support local nonprofits that are responding to the needs of the population, especially of the most vulnerable. Financial resources raised are funneled to aid nonprofits to meet running costs and the extraordinary expenses they incur in the current emergency to help people in need of assistance as well as to support their planning of future initiatives to mend broken connections within the community once the emergency is over. Financial resources are used for example to provide sanitizers and fuel for the Lodi branch of the Red Cross, food supplies for parishes, help for other organizations that are taking care of sanitizing work in the community or operating dormitories and shower units for people in need. The fund was set up with an initial €100,000 contribution from Fondazione Cariplo and €150,000 from the Lodi community foundations and has now reached some €300,000. For more information and details on how to donate visit

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Mantua Community Foundation

In Mantua, too, the local community foundation recently launched a Coronavirus Emergency Fund with an initial endowment of €100,000 to which Fondazione Cariplo and the community foundation equally contributed. Financial resources contributed to the fund will be used to buy equipment for the local healthcare facilities. For more information and details on how to donate visit

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Milan Community Foundation

With an initial contribution of €150,000 from Fondazione Cariplo, the Milan Community Foundation launched the Milano Aiuta (Milan Helps) fund to support hospitals handling the Coronavirus emergency and strengthen local services, care and home assistance for people discharged from hospitals, the elderly and families in distress, whose conditions are aggravated by the health emergency and should not be left alone.

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Monza & Brianza Community Foundation

The Monza & Brianza community foundation launched a Coronavirus Emergency Fund with an initial endowment of €100,000 to which Fondazione Cariplo and the community foundation equally contributed. The fund will support social services and the activities of non-profit organizations in the area, engaged in emergency activities and assistance. The fund's objectives include the purchase of DPI, the delivery of meals and medicines and assistance to the elderly and people with disabilities. New actions will gradually be taken in response to emerging social and health needs.

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North Milan Community Foundation

Thanks to Fondazione Cariplo’s contribution, this community foundation launched a €100,000 fund that will gather community donations to support the solidarity efforts already deployed by many nonprofits to protect and not leave alone those who are most vulnerable. The fund resources will aid those organizations that are providing services and taking initiatives that help the elderly, people with disabilities or illnesses who are isolated in their homes. For more information and details on how to donate visit

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Novara Community Foundation

The Novara community foundation made a great effort jump-starting its emergency fund with €200,000, to which Fondazione Cariplo contributed additional €50,000, to kick-off services for vulnerable people who are isolated in their homes and healthcare projects related to the current emergency. Later, the fund may also support efforts to mitigate the economic fallout of the lockdown on nonprofits. A fundraising appeal has been launched to engage the local community that has already shown its solidarity through a host of ‘silent’ actions.

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Pavia Community Foundation

With an initial contribution of €100,000 from Fondazione Cariplo, the Pavia community foundation launched an emergency fund to support local healthcare services. Fundraising is done in a variety of ways including through the “Rete del dono" platform. For more information visit

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"Pro Valtellina" Community Foundation - Sondrio

With an initial endowment of €70,000 (€50,000 from Fondazione Cariplo plus €20,000 from Pro Valtellina) the Sondrio-based Pro Valtellina community foundation set up the Aiutare ad aiutare (Helping to help) fund to support hospitals. For more information and details on how to donate visit   

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Ticino Olona Community Foundation

With an initial contribution of €75,000 from Fondazione Cariplo, the Ticino Olona community foundation launched a fund to support elderly care facilities/nursing homes. For more information and details on how to donate visit

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Varese Community Foundation

With an initial endowment of €100,000, to which the foundation and Fondazione Cariplo equally contributed, the Varese community foundation launched a fund to meet the needs of the local community. For more information visit

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Verbano Cusio Ossola Community Foundation

With an initial endowment of €75,000 of which €50,000 contributed from Fondazione Cariplo, the VCO community foundation launched the InsiemeVCO (VCO Stands Together) fund to support hospitals in buying equipments, support medical and nursing care and to help non profit organizations.
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