Open Society Foundation (OSF) is a liberal global network based in New York and founded by the investor and philanthropist George Soros. OSF has been working since 1993 to build alliances across the borders to support open, tolerant and dynamic societies whose governments are accountable for their actions and open to the participation of all people. OSF promotes respect for human rights, minorities, the law, diversity of opinions while also supporting democratically elected governments and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. They help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in economic, political and social systems and safeguard fundamental rights, while battling corruption and fighting for freedom of information. OSF implements initiatives to advance justice, public health, education and research through invitations to tender and by funding organizations that support their mission.
Fondazione con il Sud is a private nonprofit organization. It was created to foster social infrastructure in Southern Italy (so-called “Mezzogiorno”), with specific attention provided to the regions which fall under priority objective number 1 as per EC Regulation no. 1260 of the 21 June 1999. By establishing relationships and synergies with various local entities, based on subsidiarity and social responsibility, the founders commit to seeing the development of solidarity networks in local communities.
Pio Monte della Misericordia is a charity organization founded in 1602 by seven Neapolitan noblemen that were well aware of the extreme poverty and the needs of a population in need of help and solidarity on every level. They decided to donate part of their riches to assist the unblessed and devoted their lives to good works. The organization is still active and Pio Monte della Misericordia, its Heads and its Associates continue, after four centuries, to carry out practices of assistance and charity in many ways, such as individual donations to solve difficult situations, managing and giving economic support to shelters, associations and different kinds of organizations intended for people in need..