"Call for Europe" initiative supports 48 projects across 12 UniCredit countries
In December 2020, UniCredit Foundation launched for the second year the "Call for Europe" initiative with the aim to identify and support social projects helping children in the different European countries where UniCredit operates outside of Italy. The Group's banks were asked to provide UniCredit Foundation with a shortlist of relevant local projects in each country by the end of February 2021 and an expert jury appointed by the Foundation selected the winning initiatives to be granted a total of 30,000 euros per country split among the winning projects.
48 projects were selected to receive the Foundation's support this time across 12 UniCredit countries: Germany, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. This included initiatives focused on supporting children's education and learning, fostering inclusion, and providing dedicated facilities for their activities and health needs.
Maurizio Beretta, Chairman of the UniCredit Foundation, commented: "The Call for Europe initiative allows us to continue to raise awareness of children's needs in our territories across Europe further encouraging all our local banks to actively monitor and engage with relevant solidarity projects in their communities. This is in line with our shared goal of supporting the needs of all the local communities where we operate and constantly working to generate a positive social impact in our countries."
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UniCredit Foundation stays committed to supporting the communities in all the markets in which UniCredit is present. Last year, in response to the coronavirus emergency, the Foundation made significant donations in the various markets of the Group to support hospitals as well as different non-profit organisations on the front lines in the fight against the virus. This included contributing a total of over 1.2 million euros alongside funds raised from UniCredit employees to support three of the Italian hospitals most involved in the battle against COVID-19, 1.2 million euros donated for coronavirus emergency initiatives in Italy and 190 000 euros donated in support of fundraising initiatives in other Group countries in Europe.