Fondazione CRT-Cassa di Risparmio di Torino is a private non-profit organization founded in 1991. For 25 years, it has been one of the “engines” of development and growth in Piedmont and the Aosta Valley in three main areas: Art and Culture, Research & Education, Welfare and Territory. It implements projects and resources in the promotion of the arts and cultural activities, the promotion of scientific research and training for young people, support for innovation and social entrepreneurship, assistance to people in need, the preservation of the environment, and the civil protection and first response systems. Particular attention is paid to internationalization, with the dual aim of strengthening local non-profit organizations through the opening to Europe and the world and, at the same time, attracting new projects and resources to the area. Fondazione CRT also embraces the so-called active philanthropy approach, including venture philanthropy and impact investing.
In 25 years of activity, Fondazione CRT has distributed resources totalling around 1.5 billion euro, which has permitted the realisation of over 37,000 interventions. Some detailed numbers: 2,500 historical, artistic and architectural assets have been restored, all of the cathedrals in Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta have been valued and connected, more than 5,000 scholarships made available to as many young talents to study and improve themselves in Italy and abroad, 650,000 students between 6 and 20 years old have been involved in free training activities, 460 ambulances made available to First Aid associations, and more than 1,800 interventions in favour of people with disabilities.
Fondazione CRT is present in European networks of philanthropy, including the EFC-European Foundation Centre and the EVPA-European Venture Philanthropy Association, and it implements projects in collaboration with international organisations including the United Nations.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.
The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition.
The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next fifteen years. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs.
Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in three thematic priorities, each of which represents different aspects of ISID: Creating shared prosperity, Advancing economic competitiveness and Safeguarding the environment.
Within the above programmatic focuses, UNIDO has developed a relevant international experience on youth entrepreneurship and job creation, recently opening to specific initiatives on social entrepreneurship.