The story of our crowdfunding drive for solidarity

Published on Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Together with FNOPI

Our crowdfunding activities have enabled us to provide support for the #NoiConGliInfermieri solidarity fund, which is organized by FNOPI (National Federation of Associations of Nursing Professions). In so doing we've been able to express our immense gratitude to all the nurses who continue to operate on the front line in the fight against the pandemic. 

“Being a nurse means a relationship of aid, in support of other people and of the entire community.”

– Nicola Draoli, Member of the FNOPI's National Council

Together with Banco Alimentare

The Covid-19 health emergency has led to a substantial increase in the need for food assistance. With the resources donated through our crowdfunding initiative, we have been helping to boost the work of Fondazione Banco Alimentare (the Food Bank Foundation). For more than thirty years, the foundation has been collecting foodstuffs and basic necessities and then distributing them to charitable organizations across the country that provide them to people and families experiencing hardship. 

“In this emergency, it is increasingly important to work as a network to ensure that no one is isolated and no one is left behind.”

– Giovanni Bruno, President of Fondazione Banco Alimentare

Together with FISH

The emergency crisis brought on by the pandemic had its greatest impact on those already facing difficulty in their lives. With the crowdfunding we have been able to provide support to the Federazione Italiana per il Superamento dell’Handicap (FISH – the Italian Federation for Overcoming Handicaps) and its member organizations, including the Agenzia per la Vita Indipendente (AVI – the Independent Life Agency), to provide solid support to those living with a disability every single day, so as to enable them to deal with the emergency and look towards the future with confidence. 

“A major challenge awaits us: everyone, bar nobody, has to be ready and fully committed to relaunching Italy.”

– Vincenzo Falabella, President of FISH

Together with Sant’Egidio

Since 2004 we have been collaborating with the Comunità di Sant’Egidio in Rome and in other cities in Italy as part of the “Viva gli Anziani!” project, which aims to alleviate the loneliness and poverty experienced by elderly people. Thanks in part to our crowdfunding initiative, the project has been able to boost its actions to support this segment of the population, which has been made even more vulnerable by the pandemic.

“Thanks to this crowdfunding initiative, we have been able to expand our network and increase the calls that we make each day to the elderly. We have implemented the program in two more cities, Parma and Padua, and in another three neighbourhoods in the municipality of Rome.”

– Massimiliano Umani, project coordinator of “Viva Gli Anziani!”, Comunità di Sant’Egidio

Together with Caritas

As a result of the pandemic, the number of families that have turned to Caritas for help has increased significantly. Thanks to the donations received via the crowdfunding campaign, we've provided support to the network of Caritas kitchens and Empori Solidali (Solidarity Stores) across the entire country. This gesture was borne out of a desire to share, to help the weakest members of society and to start afresh through the value of social cohesion. 

“It's important that the community rediscovers from within the strength to rebuild, starting by helping the weakest members of society while focusing on social cohesion, the primary driving force behind any post-emergency rebuilding process.”

– Don Andrea La Regina, Head of Caritas Projects