PROJECTS IN THE WORLD

The maps shown below provide the locations of the projects financed by the Foundation, both in Italy and the rest of the world. Emergency initiatives are marked in red, completed projects in yellow and projects still underway in blue.

 
 

RESULTS 2016

Prosolidar’s activities are summarised herein with graphic presentations illustrating the relative incidence of the fields in which its projects are concentrated. The figures refer to the calendar year 2016.

An overview of the projects was obtained by classifying each initiative financed under the following categories:

SECTOR OF INTERVENTION: the operating sector in which the project’s objective is to be achieved, such as:

  • Food, Water, Hygiene
  • Economic Activities, Infrastructures, Environment
  • Calamity, Emergencies
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social and Human Rights

BENEFICIARIES: those whom the project is designed to help:

  • Children, Young People
  • Vulnerable categories
  • Community
  • Women
  • Sick, Disabled
  • Refugees, Immigrants

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: the part of the world in which the project is performed (indicated in detail for projects in Italy)

The data used as the input for drawing up the graphs were the amounts disbursed from January to December 2016.


 

 
 
 
 
As far as the intervention area is concerned  It should be noted that the distribution among the various sectors is more uniform than in the past. This distribution, In the beneficiaries' analyses, the financing provided by type of beneficiary. Of note is the significant attention paid to children and young people.
The first funds collected for the earthquake in central Italy were meant for the construction of a school, and so they too were placed under the category of Children and Young People.
 

 
 
 
 
 
In the Geographic distribution worldwide, the significant portion disbursed in Europe is due primarily to projects located in Italy (93 out of 98), for which a more detailed geographic distribution is provided in the next slide.
The Miscellaneous category is for projects located on more than one continent.
The fact that the largest share went central Italy is due primarily to the funding gathered for earthquake response.

 

Levels of project financing were established to analyse the distribution of the projects by amount. The percentages of total financing accounted for by the different categories proved to be fairly uniform, whereas the distribution by number of projects showed noteworthy divergences.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 

Unlike the preceding graphs, these regard the percentage of the total project cost covered by the financing.
Of particular note is the fact that 1/3 of the funding efforts cover 100% of the related project cost. Another very significant category is financing that covers from 20% to 50% of the total project cost, while financing for up to 20% accounts for only a negligible portion

 


Since the beginning of the Foundation's work, 145 projects have been completed, of which distribution is shown over the years. There is a progressive increase in completed projects.


 
 
 
 
 

RESULTS 2015

The financial analysis of the projects regards the 2015 calendar year as opposed to the balance-sheet year, for administrative reasons, and yet it still illustrates the volume of the Foundation’s annual activities.

The projects were classified to obtain an overview, with the classification for each initiative based on the following criteria:

AREA OF INTERVENTION: meaning the sector in which the project was to have an effect, based on which its objective was set. For example: food, water-hygiene, health...

BENEFICIARIES: those for whom the project was undertaken: children, the sick...

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: the part of the world in which the project was carried out (with a detailed look at Italy)

The following graphs used as input the figures for the contributions disbursed for each project by the date of 31 December 2015.


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Another result analysed was the cost range in euro for each financing effort, to get an idea of the economic distribution of the projects. The analysis of the distribution by financing levels was carried out, instead, on the basis of earlier figures for the amounts committed to each project, regardless of whether or not they were actually disbursed; this result was visualised both in terms of the number of projects and on an economic basis. As can be observed, though there are noteworthy differences in the distribution of the numbers of the projects, the distribution of the amounts is fairly even.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 
Prosolidar takes part in the financing of projects to varying extents. Levels have been established for the percentages of financing, compared to the total project; this analysis is also carried out on the amount committed to each project. The graph gives an idea of “the financing policy”: more than half the projects received financing for over 80% of the overall cost, while one-third of the projects received financing covering between 20% and 50%.
 

 

Since it began its activities, the Foundation has completed 97 project whose distribution over the different years is illustrated, pointing to a gradual increase in the number of projects completed.

This demonstrates that there was ongoing improvement in organisational capacity, even though the only figure provided is the number of projects. Then again, the administrative effort for the smaller projects is the same, if not greater.

 

 

PROJECTS

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 > HOW TO PRESENT A PROJECT

Projects must always be presented in an electronic format, based on the following outline:

  • Form 1: a concise summary that contains all the information needed to understand the project, it must be filled out by everyone, and everyone must present all the annexes called for. DOC FORMAT
  • Form 2: more detailed, takes a closer look at the operations and activities to be carried out. It must be filled for all the projects of significant complexity that have a total cost (and not a request for a contribution) of more than 40,000 euro. Prosolidar always reserves the right to request that this report be complied, should it deem this necessary, even in the case of projects with a cost of less than 40,000 euro. DOC FORMAT
  • Budget: the form provided may be modified to meet the needs of each project, by inserting more lines, for example, but the initial outline should be maintained. Care should be taken with formulas to be included on lines that are added. The file has a number of sections, all of which must be completed. EXCEL FORMAT
  • Declaration: this document must be filled out and stamped with the seal of the legal representative. A copy scanned in the PDF FORMAT must be sent together with the project reports.
  • Project Report: a summary chart that should be filled out on the basis of form 1. DOC FORMAT
  • Annexes and photos: specified on form 1, they must be set in a separate folder entitled ANNEXES, controlling their size in advance. The photos must be in the JPG format and of limited size.

It is absolutely compulsory that the files be renamed in the following manner (not in any other way from what is specified): yyyy_mm_dd – Form I – ASSOCIATION NAME.doc date in the format yyyy mm dd, with the name of the association as the title of the form, EXAMPLE 2011_03_12 –Form I - Emergency . doc

Documentation that constitutes a full and integral part of the operating agreement that the association shall be called upon to sign, together with Prosolidar. The associations are urged to examine it before presenting a project, so as to be fully aware of what the Foundation requires.

  • Guidelines for reporting and the documentation to enclose. A document that illustrates the procedures for reporting on and managing the project. Reporting not done in accordance with what is specified shall render the related spending inadmissible.
  • Guidelines for communication and visibility. The recommendations on visibility were drawn up to ensure that projects financed by the Prosolidar Foundation indicate in a visible manner the support provided.
  • A compressed folder containing the documentation for reporting on and managing the project (to be examined before presenting the project to the Foundation).

Once the project has been approved, all the pages of the Guidelines must be initialled and the ORIGINALS must be sent to the Foundation. The various controls that the Foundation reserves the right to carry out, and with which the associations must cooperate, include on-site monitoring, which can consist of both controls of technical–accounting content and assessments of the consistency of the approved project with its actual performance. This control may also be carried out at a subsequent point in time, following completion of the project, in order to determine whether, even with the passing of time, efforts have remained consistent with the original objectives.  

  • At the request of associations that wish to present a project, meetings or telephone conversations may be held to provide information and clarification
  • Projects are examined by the structure primarily to determine if the presentation forms have been filled out correctly and completely. There may be interaction with the associations during this phase, in order to clarify any doubts that may arise
  • Once it has been determined that the documents are formally correct, they are all given a temporary serial code, ordered progressively, so that they can be identified and then sent altogether to the Board.
  • The structure will subsequently draft, for the Chairman’s office, a succinct analysis of each project, complete with the relevant annotations
  • During the second phase, the projects are presented for examination by the Chairman’s office, which draws up a list, assigning to each project an assessment of its eligibility for financing and, if necessary, reservations regarding further more in-depth evaluation
  • All the projects are examined by the Chairman’s office, which expresses an opinion based on its evaluation of: 
    • need, urgency, seriousness, as well as the unique or exceptional nature of the problem to be addressed
    • capacity to achieve the proposed objectives
    • sustainability of the project over time
    • incidence on sectors that receive little assistance, viewed from an economic and territorial perspective as well
    • innovation, social and environmental impact, effectiveness
  • The decision is also based on the social impact of the initiative in and of itself.
  • Each project is assigned a final number, ordered progressively, followed by the year to which the project pertains (for example: 01/2013)
  • n the last phase, the projects are proposed by the Chairman’s office to the Board of Directors, which, under the by-laws, makes the eventual decision on the financing
  • The list of approved projects shall be posted on the website
  • The financing approved shall be disbursed once an operating agreement has been signed by the parties to specify their reciprocal obligations, along with the timing and procedures for the payment of the sums, plus whatever else proves necessary for the management of the relationship

THE FOUNDATION

WHO WE ARE

 

The PROSOLIDAR FOUNDATION – A NON-PROFIT ENTITY is a bilateral organisation established under the initiative of the National Fund of the Banking Sector for Projects of Solidarity – a non-profit entity, and a bilateral organisation, from which the Foundation has inherited its cultural heritage and founding principles.

The PROSOLIDAR FOUNDATION is a secular, independent organisation recognised as a non-profit entity and active in both Italy and the rest of the world. It is the first and, as things stand today, still the only instance, even on the international level, of an organisation founded by the sectoral social partners and financed through "match-gifting", meaning joint, equal contributions workers and employers. The contribution of each individual is equal to 6 euro a year.

Within the Foundation, all the union organisations of the banking sector are represented on a equal basis (through their national secretaries offices), as well as all the member banks of the Italian Banking Association, together with the Italian Banking Association itself.

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The IBAN code for making ordinary deposits is IT87K0627003274CC0800139456. When specific funding drives are organised, the related deposit procedures will be indicated on each separate occasion.

 

OUR HISTORY

 

THE PROSOLIDAR FOUNDATION was founded in 2011, but its history has deeper roots, being the outgrowth of an initiative of the "National Fund of the Banking Sector for Projects of Solidarity – a non-profit entity", from which the Foundation inherited its cultural heritage and its founding principles, as well as its financing procedures. The Fund was established on 13 January 2005 under a memorandum of understanding signed by all the unions of the banking sector and by the Italian Banking Association and later supplemented with a subsequent agreement of 5 July 2010. The Fund was the outcome of years of activity with projects of solidarity that the proponents eventually decided to place on a permanent basis. Here are some figures on the projects carried out by the Fund prior to the establishment of the Foundation:

   2007  2008  2009 2010  2011
Number of projects
financed
8 8  8  20 41
Amount  616.334 € 419.476 € 345.000 € 1.103.305 € 2.507.224 €

 

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THE MISSION

 

In compliance with cultural and ethical principles of pluralism, cooperation and peace between the peoples of the world, as well as justice and solidarity, and in the service of a human community founded on the values of fraternity and equality, on respect for human and social rights, Prosolidar pursues only objectives of social solidarity, achieving through concrete, practical initiatives the goals contemplated under art. 3 of the company by-laws. Whether in Italy or abroad, operating without any constraints whatsoever, Prosolidar contributes to enact projects of solidarity promoted by non-profit organisations, and support, among other efforts, structural and infrastructural projects meant to bring into being initiatives whose progress can be measured and which will last over time. To this end, Prosolidar operates without locking itself into specific thematic approaches or geographic areas of preference for its efforts: its approach has allowed to support initiatives of solidarity in the broadest sense of the term, including assistance to the types of small-scale organisations that all too often find themselves outside of the “big league” of non-profit circuit. The Foundation follows stringent criteria in selecting its partners and defining its objectives, which must fit into the satisfaction of as far-reaching a need as possible, benefitting not only direct recipients and their families, but the community as a whole.

 

SECTORS OF THE EFFORTS (ART. 3 OF THE BY-LAWS) 

 

The Foundation, in accordance with its mission it has set :

  • Promotes and supports initiatives in favour of populations in difficulty, especially in developing countries;
  • supplies economic assistance in favour of collective bodies and groupings;
  • finances the performance of short and medium-term programs, including those in the field of research directly or indirectly pertinent to its objective, as stated under its by-laws, doing so, through suitable national or international bodies or organisations;
  • promote initiatives geared towards favouring the on-site training of the citizens of developing countries in the fields of social affairs, education, welfare and healthcare;
  • supports initiatives designed to create the conditions for economic development through professional training and investments in production designed to help communities reach economic self-sufficiency and security in terms of food supplies;
  • signs working agreements with public or private bodies or enterprises for the supply to the aforementioned subjects of services in the fields referred to above;
  • handles the selection, training and employment of volunteers, including those engaged in civil service, to be assigned to activities of international cooperation for development;
  • promotes initiatives geared towards favouring the involvement of volunteers and participants to be assigned to activities of international cooperation for development.

 

THE FOUNDATION AND ITS STAKEHOLDERS

 

Prosolidar interfaces with everyone involved in its activities, and especially with all the individuals or groups, plus all the organisations and institutions that represent them, whose interests are influenced, either directly or indirectly, by the Foundation’s activities.