How We Work

Fondazione CON IL SUD operates through three main tools, in the six regions of Southern Italy:

  • “Exemplary” projects
    Initiatives whose innovative content, organisations involved, impact and territorial significance can turn them into benchmarks for social infrastructure.
  • Community foundations
    Non-profit entities that are the “expression” of local realities, whose capacity to raise funds to be invested for social purposes in the local territory represents an extraordinary subsidiarity. Absent from the Southern Italian panorama until 2009, the first five community foundations were established in Salerno, in Messina, two in Naples and in Val di Noto (Sicily), with the support of Fondazione CON IL SUD.
  • Volunteer programmes and networks
    Inzitiatives meant to strengthen the impact of the volunteer networks already operating in the territory.


Ongoing Monitoring

In its seven years of activity, the Foundation has constantly monitored the progress of the initiatives financed, offering support to the ones underway and controlling the effects of the ones concluded through direct contacts with project managers, inspections and field visits.

The monitoring and assessment process of the financed projects is both a manifestation of attention towards the contribution recipients and an act of responsibility and guarantee towards stakeholders as regards the correct use of resources and achievement of the Foundation’s institutional purposes.

By targeting the great local potential, the Foundation has stimulated the exploitation of intangible elements such as good faith, cooperation, responsibility, human capital – all fundamental pieces to strengthen the social infrastructure of the “Mezzogiorno”.

The results were not long in coming: giving lie to some clichés, Southern Italy proved to be lively, enterprising and protagonist, responsible; and it has all it takes to try out and pursue independent paths of growth and redemption.

Other News

27 October 2020

“The light inside” available on Prime Video

The documentary about the relationship between parents in prison and their sons is directed by Luciano Toriello and produced by Apulia Film Commission and Fondazione CON IL SUD.

ROMA - 13 March 2020

Cultivated lands: 9 projects of renaissance

Nine initiatives are giving new life to the lands and people. It's Cultivated Lands, a 3 million euros call promoted by Fondazione CON IL SUD and Enel Cuore Onlus.

CASTELBUONO (PA) - 8 October 2019

A journey to Castelbuono (VIDEO)

A short video to get to know all the protagonists of the revolution started in Castelbuono.

ROME - 10 April 2019

17 Initiatives on Mafia Confiscated Assets

The projects, selected by CON IL SUD Foundation and Peppino Vismara Foundation, aim to reclassify mafia confiscated assets by making them opportunities of development.

ROME - 27 September 2018

Discovering the change

The event is an occasion to discover or learn about particular experiences, organisations, people who are marking a turning point in the way development is approached in Calabria.

ROME - 18 September 2018

Brains to South

Promotion of Best Talent in Scientific Research 2018

POLISTENA (RC) - 30 August 2018

The building of solidarity

Thanks to LiberaMente Insieme project, in Polistena, the symbol of criminal power becomes a place of hope and rebirth.

ROME - 8 May 2018

10 projects against migrant exploitation

The initiatives will be supported with a total of 3.5 million euros assigned to projects against trafficking, sexual exploitation, and in favor of social and labor integration. 

10 May 2017

Biodiversity in the urban park of Lama Balice

Lama Balice is different from the other Apulian regional protected areas which are specifically and geographically isolated, in fact, gaining the morphology of “hybrid Park”, it can expand the meshes of ecological networks around a strong man-made core like the Metropolitan City of Bari, strongly influencing urban development.

24 October 2016

Italian Professor Receives Fulbright Foundation for Southern Italy Award

Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, a visiting assistant professor of Italian in the Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences was recently awarded one of four Fulbright, Fondazione CON IL SUD (Foundation for Southern Italy) awards.

19 September 2016

A multicultural store in Southern Italy

Its name is “Open” and it’s a new special store that promotes intercultural exchange between small foreign traders and local partners through work and social cooperation.

2 March 2016

Jobs for refugees in Godfather country

D.r.a.g.o.” is a project which is giving work and hope in Sicily for people coming from wor-torn countries. The project is promoted by the Association Laboratorio della Legalità and it is supported by Fondazione CON IL SUD. The story on the British newspaper The Guardian.

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