The Foundation is a non-profit organization that for the last 20 years has been working to promote the quality of life and the sustainable development of the territory of Padua and Rovigo. It is inspired by a a vision of an open, cooperating community aiming at innovation. It pursuits these goals with two different kinds of activities:

1 – It invests its big patrimony – over 1,7 billion euros – to produce income

2 – It uses the produced income to:

  • safeguard and increase its patrimony;
  • support, promote and plan projects mainly in the fields of scientific research, education, art and cultural activities, health and environment, assistance and protection of weak groups.

The government and control of the Foundation are exercised by 5 corporate bodies:

  • The General Council
  • The President
  • The Board of directors
  • The Board of auditors
  • The Secretary General

32 members work at the Foundation


Every year the Foundation drafts the Corporate Annual Report, a document in which all the activities carried out in the very last year are reported in details.



It disburses grants to non-profit organizations to support the carrying out of projects and initiatives by selecting among the demands that it receives:

  • In response to the publication of its own ban by which it solicits the submission of projects in specific fields of support actions.
  • Without any specific request. It carries out projects developed independently (“Its own projects”) that in some cases are managed directly by the Foundation personnel while in other cases are carried out in collaboration with other organizations. All these activities are carried out on the basis of the goals and strategies defined in the Long-term Programmatic Report and in the Annual Programmatic Report. These documents can be looked up in the website



In order to benefit from a grant it is necessary to:

- have legal status or be a member of the following registers:

  • Regional Register of voluntary Organizations
  • Register of Social Promotion Associations
  • Register of amateur sports societies and associations set up at the CONI – Italian National Olympic Committee

- be a non-profit organization;

- operate permanently in the areas of intervention of the Foundation and, particularly, in those ones which the support is directed to.

On the contrary, the following categories can’t obtain grants:

- Individuals (except for scholarships, for research and the like, which have to be awarded through competitions and a selection made by special committees);

- Parties, political movements, trade unions or charitable institutions and trade associations.



- By participating in the competitions

- By sending a formal request checking that the project for which the contribution is requested for is consistent with the guidelines contained in the Annual Programmatic Report.

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