BackgroundThe Foundation is the heir of an Institution established in 1489 by the Republic of Lucca. As a “Monte di Pietà” (Pledge Bank), with the aim to fight the existing usury.
In 1977 became also a bank of public law and carried on both activities: credit and charity.
Through a legislative process lasted from 1990 to 1999 the Institution was divided in two private bodies: the “Banca del Monte di Lucca spa” (Bank of the Mount Ltd.), which has only a financial task, and the Foundation Banca del Monte di Lucca, which has only a philanthropic task.
MissionTo produce or to support projects (about the hundreds a year) in the fields of education, solidarity, economics, arts (any artistic and cultural heritage and activities), in order to foster a complete and sustainable (economic and at the same time cultural and social) development of territories and communities.
Geographic focusProvince of Lucca, Italy
Programme areasThe foundation focuses on the following areas:
- Art, archaeological, historical and cultural heritage
- Philanthropy and Volunteerism
- Education and training
- Local Development