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Number of community foundations: 52 (2024)
Oldest community foundation: Community Foundation of Lecco (1999)


58,9 million (2023, Eurostat)


Assifero was established in 2003 with the mission to promote an Italian institutional philanthropy that is visible, informed, connected, effective, and acknowledged as a strategic partner in sustainable human development. In Italy, community foundations face different challenges in every region, but the biggest obstacle for all of them is to gain trust in institutions and institutionalized philanthropy. Assifero believes that learning and sharing experiences are essential for community foundations, which is why they promote partnerships on projects as well as peer-to-peer learning meetings and an annual Italian meeting for community foundations. The first national conference on community foundations was launched in November 2017.