Mission

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation was created to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy and distress due to illness and social exclusion. We do this by promoting and supporting projects in Italy and abroad that help overcome these barriers and drive people to express their full potential.

Vision

“Our faith in love and justice calls upon us to build a better world than the one we have found. It calls upon us to give back to the world all the good things we have received, so the less fortunate or most vulnerable members of our society get a chance to achieve a life full of opportunity and beauty. So those who take up the challenge will find concrete opportunities and the energy required to thrive in their own lives.” Andrea Bocelli

Our story

The Foundation was established in July 2011 inspired by the desire of Maestro Bocelli and his family to give back a measure of the love and support that they had received over the course of his career spent traveling around the world.

Believing that “unity signifies strength and that we can do much alone, but much more together,” it was natural to transform this concept into a structured approach by establishing a Foundation that could provide tangible aid to others.

Today,the Andrea Bocelli Foundation strives to be a living laboratory. One that is made up  of many individual, yet generous members who come together from every corner of the world to work drive our mission and impact forward.

Combining forces is the successful mission that lies behind this exciting project: to tangibly help our neighbors, by achieving the priceless privilege of making ourselves useful by providing the best possible quality support.

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2021July
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2011July 14th

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation is born

 In Lajatico was founded the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. The President’s role was entrusted to Dr. Laura Biancalani.

2011July 14th

2011November

“MIT 5th Sense” project

The Foundation officially launched , during its visit in Los Angeles, and gave the start to the program Challenges with the “MIT 5th Sense”.

2011November

20126th and 10th July

Work days for Challenges and Break the Barriers programs

The Foundation organized in Pisa the first two days of work related to its intervention programs: Challenges and Break the Barriers. International exponents of the world of scientific and technological research, as well as of the social business.

20126th and 10th July

2012July

Fundraising initiative for “La Lucciola”

For the occasion of the Teatro del Silenzio, the Foundation launched its first fundraising initiative in the favor of the Day Center for people with disabilities “La Lucciola” of Stuffione di Ravarino, badly damaged by the earthquake in Emilia in May of that year.

2012July

2012September

Virginia project inauguration

The Foundation inaugurated the Virginia project conceived to implement the department of Neonatology of the Pediatric Hospital of St. Damien in Tabarrè, Haiti.

2012September

2012October

Haitian children visiting the Foundation

A delegation of children coming from Haiti accompanied by Father Rick Frechette met the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Founder and his family in Forte dei Marmi.

2012October

201224th December

Christmas Dinner for homeless guests

At the reception shelter San Paolino in Florence, in collaboration with Caritas the Andrea Bocelli Foundation organized Christmas Dinner for homeless guests.

201224th December

2013April

ABF for Syria Emergency

The Foundation responded to the International humanitarian appeal to send help, to the Syrian people on the run and cooperating with UNHCR supported the purchasing of basic necessities for the refugee camps.

2013April

2013May 1st

Opening of the childhood school Sacro Cuore” in Finale Emilia

The Foundation participated to the opening of the childhood school Sacro Cuore” in Finale Emilia rebuilt after the earthquake thanks also to the contribution of its Founder Maestro Bocelli.

2013May 1st

2013June

Meeting with Pope Francis

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Founder’s family met Pope Francesco on a private audience, and started a collaboration with the Papal Charities Offices related to common projects in Italy to support people in need.

2013June

2013June

ABF in Haiti

 A delegation of the Foundation went on a mission to Haiti to identify and plan new development projects. Then the President Biancalani visited the MIT in Boston to supervise the progress of the project “MIT 5th Sense”.

2013June

201326th June

Meeting with Pope Francis on a private audience

 The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Founder’s family met Pope Francis on a private audience, and started a collaboration with the Papal Charities Offices related to common projects in Italy to support people in need.

201326th June

2013July

Wheat 2013-2014 Haiti project opening

As a part of the Break the Barriers Program opened the project Wheat 2013-2014, Haiti by means of which the Foundation supports the work of teachers in the schools of St. Philomene, St. Agustin and Notre Dame du Rosaire as well as the drinking water distribution service in the slums of Citè Soleil.

2013July

201325th July

 Andrea Bocelli received the Humanitarian Award

Andrea Bocelli received in Hamburg the Humanitarian Award of the Lions International for the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.

201325th July

2013September

First day of the ABF Volunteers.

The Foundation opened the first day of the ABF Volunteers.

2013September

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Laura Biancalani received the ARNo award

The President Laura Biancalani received the ARNo award for solidarity.

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20136th December

MIT-ABF partnership evening

An evening dedicated to the partnership MIT-ABF and to the 10th Anniversary J-Pal (The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) at the Grey House, the MIT President home, in Cambridge, Boston.

20136th December

20136th December

ABF-MIT Seminars

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the MIT presented in Boston two seminars related to the two intervention programs Challenges and Break the Barriers. For their cultural, innovation, and development value, they were included in the official Program for the celebrations of the Year of Italian culture in the United States.  Web link

20136th December

2014April

Edu Project

ABF opened along with the Fondation St. Luc in Haiti the EDU project for the conversion of the street schools of St. Augustin, St. Philomene and Notre Dame du Rosaire into functional structures with large classrooms, computer labs, a library, and canteens, in order to raise the level of education and services to that of national and international standards.

2014April

2014June

Construction of the new St. Philomene school begins

Laying of the foundation stone of the new school of St. Philomene in Kenscoff.

2014June

2014September

Celebrity Fight Night Foundation in Florence

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation welcomed in Italy the delegation of the Fondation St. Luc and together they participated to the events organized by Celebrity Fight Night Foundation in Florence.

2014September

2014November

2nd truck for ABF Water Truck project

ABF continues its project of drinking water distribution in the slums renewing the project “ABF Water Truck” and increasing the number of trucks from 1 to 2.

2014November

2014December

Iraq Emergency

ABF responded to the International appeal of UNHCR in support of refugees from Iraq contributing to the purchase of electric blankets and tanks to transport water.

2014December

2014December

Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Berti received the UNCA prize

Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Berti received from the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon the UNCA prize for their humanitarian commitment through the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.

2014December

2015January

Andrea Bocelli received the Crystal Award

Andrea Bocelli received, in Davos, for his humanitarian work with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award.

2015January

2015April

Inaugurazion of St. Philomene and Notre Dame du Rosaire schools

ABF and its Founder inaugurated in Haiti the schools of St. Philomene and Notre Dame du Rosaire.

2015April

2015May

3.COM Project

The development of “3.COM” project started in Haiti with specific intervention in the communities of Kenscoff, Croix-des-Bouquets and Abricot with the aim of giving access to water, electricity and agri-economic development.

2015May

2015June

 Inauguration of St. Augustin school

Inauguration of St. Augustin school giving access to education for more than 750 children.

2015June

2015September

World Meeting of Families

Andrea Bocelli Foundation in Philadelphia for Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families.

2015September

2015September

2nd edition of the Celebrity Fight Night

2nd edition of the Celebrity Fight Night. Over a hundred donors and many international guests together to support the projects of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

2015September

2015October

EXPO Milano 2015

ABF and MIT as civil society participants in EXPO 2015 in Milan together for a workshop entitled “Working together to grow food for the body, the mind, the heart. The resources of the human potential

2015October

201615th March

Launch of the “Voices of Haiti” Project

ABF and the Fondation St Luc have introduced music into the curriculum of the ABF-FSL schools and created a choir of 60 talented students: all to offer an additional element to enhance their potential.

https://voicesofhaiti.org/

201615th March

201620th June

Launch of the “ABF Mobile Clinic”

Every 3 months, 2 doctors and 3 nurses travel to the 5 communities in which ABF works to provide basic healthcare and offer prevention activities to students, their families and members of the communities.

201620th June

201722nd March

Launch of the ERCI-EDU project

The Foundation supports the linguistic and cultural integration of the Elpidia Project by providing the digital tools for its work.

201722nd March

2017December

Rebuilding of the St. Augustin School in Haiti – after Hurricane Matthew

Restoration and reinforcement work on the foundations and roof.

2017December

20182nd May

Inauguration of the “G. Leopardi” middle school in Sarnano

ABF opens its first rebuilding project following on from the 2016 earthquake and inaugurates the new school facility in just 150 working days.

PROJECT DETAILS

20182nd May

201815th June

Inauguration of the Ecole Manitane School in Dame Marie, Haiti

In June, the Foundation – along with the Fondation St Luc – inaugurated the fifth school built to accommodate up to 400 students.

201815th June

201929th May

The Music Festival in Sarnano “YES, LET’S MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER”

A year after the inauguration of the new school building, the Foundation organizes a day dedicated to music with the community, the students of Sarnano and those who come from the areas of the earthquake crater.

201929th May

201926th June

Inauguration of the “E. De Amicis” elementary school and pre-school in Muccia

On June 26, after 150 days of construction work, the new school in Muccia was inaugurated, which houses special classrooms dedicated to music, art and sustainability.

PROJECT DETAILS

201926th June

201913th November

Launch of Voices of the World & ABF at the UNESCO “Symphony 2030: Creative Art Education for Inclusion”

ABF signs a partnership agreement with UNESCO in order to promote music as an additional element for expressing one’s potential and as a tool to facilitate inclusion and integration.

201913th November

201923rd November

Scholarship for the “Royal College of Music” with the Community Jameel

Established to offer access to one of the most prestigious training and specialization courses in the world to talented young people.

201923rd November

201926th November

ABF Music Lab – Zerosei Center in Lajatico

ABF shapes the spaces of the school by inserting the role of an atelerista to provide musical and artistic workshops.

201926th November

202016th March

“ABF with You, for the COVID-19 emergency”

ABF decides to launch a fundraiser to support hospitals in the areas in which it works.

202016th March

202027th April

ABF With You, to Shape the Future”

The Foundation launches the project dedicated to the digitalization of education.

PROJECT DETAILS

202027th April

20207th September

Launch of H-Labs: ABF for Hospital Schools

The Foundation signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Italian Ministry of Education and the Italian Pediatric Hospitals Association (AOPI) network to create digital workshops and suitable educational spaces within children’s hospitals.

20207th September

20201st October

Inauguration of the “Franco Corelli” Music Academy in Camerino

Despite the enforced stop to work due to the COVID-19 emergency, ABF kept its promise to build the new facility within 150 days.

PROJECT DETAILS

20201st October

202124th January

Inauguration of ABF’s new headquarters in “San Firenze” & the ABF GlobaLab

ABF moves its new headquarters to the second floor of the San Firenze Complex, dedicating a section to creating the vocational workshops for young people aged 16-25 years.

202124th January

20215th May

“Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Award” given to Pope Francis

ABF’s Founder Andrea Bocelli, Vice-Chair Veronica Berti Bocelli and President Laura Biancalani present the “Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Award” to His Holiness Pope Francis as a symbolic gesture of our esteem and admiration.

20215th May

2021July

10 years of ABF

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary of “Empowering People & Communities” with a celebratory video-mapping show projected onto the facade of the San Firenze Complex.

WATCH THE VIDEO

2021July

20211st September

With You, to Shape the Future – Let’s Rebuild the San Ginesio Vocational School

ABF launches its 4th rebuilding project after the 2016 earthquake that hit Central Italy, which follows on from the schools in Sarnano, Muccia and Camerino.

WATCH THE VIDEO

20211st September

Board of Directors

Our board oversees the Foundation’s strategic direction. It, approves activity guidelines , oversees fund granting, establishes the criteria for promoting and developing initiatives, and ensures financial sustainability and transparency.

Boardsof Auditors

Controlling body whose task is to verify general accountancy, regular book-keeping and matching balance with accountancy. Its members are enrolled in the Auditors’ register:

The Team

ADVISORY BOARD

ABF AMBASSADOR

The Country Ambassadors are people who have been chosen for their reputation or recognized talent and expertise in the social world, the arts, culture, and science. They are men and women who have a deep desire to help our Foundation and who give part of their time to promote fund raising or help in identifying and supporting projects in line with the aims of our Foundation.

ABF Advocate

ABF Advocates are Italian and international celebrities – artists, writers, athletes, and other public figures – who support the Foundation’s mission and make their platform and talents available to ABF in order to support its work and spread its results and goals. ABF Advocates are engaged on a free basis and do not receive any renumeration for their work. Their participation is motivated by our shared values, intentions and the desire to contribute to the creation of projects to empower people and communities.

Annual report

Governance, projects and main figures of ABF mission: empowering people and communities

Our Values

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation works in strict adherence to a selection of key values, which can be summed up in the following five “Cs”:

Courage to believe in change
Care or caring for people that we support, becoming aware of their needs and unexpressed strengths
Concreteness in providing tangible and measurable solutions
Competence to ensure our actions are efficient
Cooperation to bring together aspiration and requirements, through philanthropic aid activities so that anyone, young or old, can participate and make their own small contribution leveraging human, material and/or economic resources.

The key value that sums up our 5Cs is TRUST. The trust we aspire to and the trust we ask for, the trust we give, and the trust we live by.