Founded in 2006, the mission of the BNL Foundation is to support, promote and develop initiatives in the field of social welfare, particularly community and health, through interventions based on the supply of goods required for the community-focused work of the non-profit organizations it supports.
To date, the prime focus of all the Foundation’s initiatives has been on providing support to the poor, marginalized and disabled, but nearly 30% of the initiatives have been dedicated to children. The focus on the weakest areas of our country means that about 15 – 20% of available funds are allocated annually to the South of Italy.
Finally, the Foundation remains committed to supporting the operations of non-profit organizations working in areas where major disasters strike in Italy and around the world: from the earthquakes in L’Aquila and Haiti to the floods in Pakistan.
The “Mano Amica” (Helping Hand) project
An important and ongoing aspect of the Foundation’s work is represented by Mano Amica, a scheme aimed at supporting community initiatives of non-profit organizations, to which employees of the Bank and the BNP Paribas Group in Italy dedicate their time and resources voluntarily.
The scheme, which operates within the Group in several other countries (“Coup de Pouce” in France and “Apoyamos tus ideas” in Spain), is becoming one of the common threads running through the community work of BNP Paribas’ Corporate Philanthropy.
Thanks to almost EUR 620,000 disbursed in the first 4 years of operation a community network has been created involving employees in 158 projects.
Community of Sant’Egidio
The BNL Foundation’s work with the Community of Sant’Egidio in Rome is one of the more than 100 projects that it has supported in recent years. In this community more than 250,000 people, over a 20-year period, have been helped to have a hot meal, a bed for the night and even a home for those who no longer have one.
Not only has the BNL Foundation assisted with the rebuilding of the “Mensa dei Poveri” (Soup Kitchen) but also with redeveloping a home for the self-sufficient elderly and refurbishing premises required for additional “active monitoring” of the elderly in the city’s neighbourhoods.