Fondazione CRT is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1991, for 28 years it has been one of the driving forces for development and growth in Piedmont and the Valle d’Aosta, active in three macro-areas: Art and Culture, Research and Education and Welfare and Environment. Fondazione CRT projects and resources target various sectors: the preservation and promotion of artistic heritage and cultural activities, scientific research, youth education and training, support for innovation and social entrepreneurship, assistance for the vulnerable, environmental safeguarding and civil protection and first response systems.
To date Fondazione CRT has distributed resources worth €1.9 billion, allowing the implementation of over 40,000 interventions in the local area. The foundation provides not just financial support but also assistance with project management, listening to the needs of associations, institutions and non-profits.
Fondazione CRT is active in the leading international philanthropy networks, including EFC (European Foundation Centre) and EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association), and collaborates on projects with the United Nations, with the objective of not only strengthening local non-profit organizations by helping them open up to Europe and the world but also at the same time attracting new talent and resources to the local area.
Fondazione CRT has spent €100 million on regenerating the OGR, the Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Turin, its biggest direct investment in a single project and one of the leading examples of venture philanthropy in Europe. These former train maintenance workshops, built in the 19th century and covering 35,000 square meters in the heart of the city, have been transformed into an international hub for innovation with three animating forces: art and culture; scientific, technological and industrial research and food.
A series of images illustrating Fondazione CRT’s projects and intervention areas: the restoration and promotion of local artistic and historical heritage, from royal residences and collections to the Restauri Cantieri Diffusi funding scheme; support for live performance with the Not&Sipari project and for the museum system with Esponente; assistance for civil protection systems with vehicles, equipment and intervention projects in small towns and villages and the provision of ambulances for voluntary health organizations; welfare projects targeting disability, children and loan-sharking; the promotion of research, innovation and training of human capital from primary school with the Diderot project to postgraduate level with the different components of the Talenti project; and the major OGR renovation project, which transformed an example of industrial architecture into a new innovation and creativity hub in Turin.