The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation

Member

Elsa Peretti, born in Florence, is the youngest daughter of Nando Peretti. She was educated in Rome and Switzerland. Elsa's outspoken personality, intolerant of the conventions of her milieu, led her to seek a different approach to life. This search marked her restless youth, during which she lived in many different countries. Two places are particularly important to her: Barcelona, where she started her career as a fashion model, and New York, where she started what was to become her main activity: designing. After working with such leading fashion designers such as Giorgio di Sant'Angelo, Halston, and many more, she joined Tiffany and Co. in 1974. Since then she continues adding new items to her collection. The main source of inspiration for Elsa has always been nature. The same gift, which enables her to abstract the essence of a shape from the details surrounding it has brought her to develop a particular attention to life even in its humblest forms. Over time, this aesthetic enchantment grew into an active concern over the future of our planet. In this process, two major challenges stand out as the core of her struggle to give concrete help to our future: the protection of our environment and the empowerment of children by protecting their rights to education and health. At the beginning of the new millennium she realized what she considers today the most ambitious achievement of her life: to assemble a staff of motivated people in a Foundation passionate to take up these challenges.

In 2015 the name was changed to "Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation".

Mission

The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation commits its resources mostly to small and specific projects for the benefit of local, disadvantaged communities that also address issues of global relevance. The purposes of the foundation are exclusively charitable, scientific and educational.

In particular, the NaEPF provides grant support in the following areas:

- Environmental and animal protection, with focus on the area of organic farming, climate change mitigation and wildlife preservation;
- Social inclusion and social welfare, including relief of poverty with a focus on elderly and children;
- Global education;
- Humanitarian or disaster relief;
- Promotion and protection of human rights and the rule of law, with a special consideration to women's right to education and equal treatment;
- Health, medical care and scientific research;
- Arts, culture or historical preservation

Geographic Focus

Worldwide

Programme Areas

- Environmental and animal protection, with focus on the area of organic farming, climate change mitigation and wildlife preservation;
- Social inclusion and social welfare, including relief of poverty with a focus on elderly and children;
- Global education;
- Humanitarian or disaster relief;
- Promotion and protection of human rights and the rule of law, with a special consideration to women's right to education and equal treatment;
- Health, medical care and scientific research;
- Arts, culture or historical preservation

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