Initiatives and projects
Special Olympics Italia
Snaitech, through the iZilove Foundation, shares with Special Olympics Italia two overarching aims within a program of social responsibility: increasingly raising the public’s awareness on the matter of intellectual disability through solid promotional campaigns throughout Italy and sharing the same values (integration, participation and enthusiasm) as its corporate mission.
In this regard, sports have on numerous occasions have proven to offer great opportunities for growth, accomplishing one’s goals and aggregation, not to mention pure fun and entertainment. With Special Olympics Italia, Snaitech intends to launch this new great challenge: to draw its own audience closer to the matter of intellectual disability using all of the communication tools at its disposal. The opportunity to feel a sense of belonging to a group that shares common values is a concept which has been completely espoused by Snaitech. And it dedicates its utmost passion and commitment to this mission.
The first step in this journey together was taken in February 2017, when Snaitech opened its fund-raising campaign for Italian athletes in tandem with the National Winter Games of Bormio (5-10 February 2017) and launched, using its own communication means, the “#IoAdottoUnCampione”. In 2018, during the XXXIV National Summer Games, Snaitech has hosted the Opening Ceremony at the Snai Sesana Racetrack of Montecatini Terme and thanks to the corporate volunteering program “My Special Days”, over 130 employees offered a concrete support to the manifestation, thus experiencing the true meaning of the term “inclusion”. In 2019, the partnership with the Special Olympics crossed national borders during the Abu Dhabi Summer World Games, during which Snaitech supported two athletes, Sara and Marco, thanks to the "#ioAdottoUnCampione" awareness campaign. In the same year, iZilove Foundation also supported the YAP (Young Athletes Program) project, dedicated to children from 2 to 7 years with intellectual disabilities. In 2020, the collaboration with Special Olympics Italia continues with the Sappada XXXI National Winter Games and the Smart Games, the first remote sporting event organised during the Covid-19 health emergency, also supported in 2021 at the second edition.
Francesca Rava Foundation – N.P.H. Italia Onlus
The Francesca Rava Foundation is an Onlus, established in 2000, with the mission of helping disadvantaged children in Italy and in the world and represents in Italy the organization N.P.H. – Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Our little brothers) an international humanitarian organization which for the last 60 years has rescued orphans and abandoned children. Our partnership with the iZilove foundation has the goal of supporting foster homes in Milan, Rome and Lucca (which are the locations of Snaitech’s three offices). In particular, the project entails support for sports activities (swimming, basketball and horse-riding therapy), as well as therapeutic/psychological and scholastic activities for children who have been removed from their families and are hosted in foster homes, as well as for needy families, through the organization of events for children in the area dedicated to children at Snai San Siro Racetrack or through special internal initiatives such as, for example, “Children in the Office” and fair Christmas markets. In 2020, during the health emergency, the project focused on the 'SOS-SPESA' local area initiative, donating basic necessities, protective equipment and home schooling devices to the three family shelter homes. In 2021, iZilove Foundation supported the "Isole Fiorite" project, a horticultural therapy workshop dedicated to children in the communities of Milan, Rome and Florence, with a calendar of appointments dedicated to biodiversity and respect for the environment. In addition, as part of the project dedicated to family homes, support was given to the SOS Scuola initiative, which guaranteed training and rehabilitation courses.
Renato Piatti Foundation
The Renato Piatti Foundation develops projects and provides services to more than 500 persons affected by psychological disorders, with the aim of supporting their families, helping them to recover their skills and favouring social inclusion. Through the iZilove Foundation, Snaitech supported the Piatti Foundation again in 2019 and undertook various charitable initiatives with them, including the Milonga Solidale, hosted at the Snai San Siro Hippodrome, and the Christmas markets held at the Snaitech headquarters in Milan, an opportunity for all employees to purchase gifts and thus make a concrete contribution to the projects run by the Foundation. In 2020, through iZilove Foundation, Snaitech supported "Toc Toc", a remote tele-rehabilitation project that involved 150 children and their families. In 2021, iZilove Foundation supported Fondazione Renato Piatti with the project "Aula Magica", a multisensory space in which, after a design and renovation, rehabilitation interventions will be carried out for about 90 children hosted by the Autism Center of Milan.
Building the Future Foundation
For the fourth consecutive year, through iZilove Foundation, Snaitech supports the Costruiamo il Futuro Award, a charity project of the Costruiamo il Futuro Foundation, which, since 2001, has been promoting research activities, meetings, exhibitions and training, favouring the participation of young people with the intervention of business, artisanal and cultural community leaders. In particular, the Award concretely supports the commitment and projects of the sports associations of Milan and its province, which dedicate their work in particular to children and young people, generating positive environments capable of educating through sport.
The mission of Care&Share is to provide education and assistance to poor and needy Indian children. Its attention is focused on poor children in rural areas and in the slums of the city of Vijayawada (which is in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh) and naturally on assistance and education initiatives for street children hosted in our two facilities Daddy's Home and Butterfly Hill. Through its «Scholarships» program, iZilove Foundation intends to ensure the continuation of studies to deserving students at three Colleges in Vijawavada, ensuring that they are given the opportunity to complete their studies and begin a new life with a solid educational background. In 2019 Snaitech renovated a primary school and an Anganwadi Centre in the village of Panasapalli, a government centre offering free healthcare, nutritional support and recreational and school activities to women and children. In 2020 the iZilove Foundation supports the renovation of the Prem Nikethan, a rehabilitation institution for children with motor and/or psychological disabilities. In 2021, iZilove Foundation supported Women4Change, a project that aims to help Indian women, who are often invisible and victims of discrimination, by offering concrete tools for their independence. The initiative has helped 32 Indian women to start their own tailoring business. Each of them received a sewing machine and participated in a dedicated training course.
Our partnership projects with Telethon in support of research against rare genetic diseases have employed a range of different fund-raising channels: through the network spanning the entire national territory or the website snai.it, through a direct donation by the company, or the direct involvement of our entire personnel through "payroll giving” through which each employee is free to donate 1 hour of work or to personally make a donation through his or her paystub. In 2020 the iZilove Foundation supported Telethon during a league football match, dedicating the sidelines to the fundraising campaign for research into rare genetic diseases.
MIP – Politecnico Di Milano
Snaitech, thanks to the collaboration established with the MIP - Polytechnic of Milan, also confirms its commitment to Italian cultural heritage in 2021. On the occasion of the second edition of the Master Executive MaBIC Master Executive, the iZilove Foundation supported the training of four deserving candidates belonging to three cultural entities territorially linked to the three offices of the Group: "Triennale Milano", "MAXXI Foundation National Museum of the 21st Century Arts" and "Promo PA", which organizes the Lubec cultural event in Lucca. The MaBIC Master is aimed at professionals already engaged in the cultural sector and its goal is to train high-profile figures in the field of Cultural Heritage, providing management and organisational skills within a global vision of international engagement.
Providing highly populated neighbourhoods of services and tools for interventing in case of cardiac emergencies on site: this is the aim of the collaboration between DiagnostiCare Onlus and iZilove Foundation. "Cardio-protected neighbourhoods" project, implemented in three neighbourhoods of three municipalities in the Lazio region, includes the purchase and installation of defibrillators, the training of voluntary rescue teams and the activation of a telephone line to be used in case of emergency. The initiative aims to guarantee everyone the right to health, medical care and prevention.
Banco Alimentare of Lazio
Fighting food poverty and waste, supporting the recovery and redistribution of surplus food: with these objectives, iZiliove Foundation has started a collaboration with Banco Alimentare del Lazio. The support has guaranteed the purchase of goods and instrumental services intended to strengthen a warehouse managed by the non-profit organization, previously used only for the storage of foodstuffs. The new center has been transformed into an operational reference point for the delivery of food to 342 charitable structures in the area.
The "Palestra dei Fighters" is a virtual area created from the need to train the skills and motor abilities of young people with Infantile Cerebral Palsy and to provide families with a team of specialists in a single online environment. The project, created by FightTheStroke and supported by iZilove Foundation, is the result of years of studies in the field of adapted physical activity and focuses on the benefits of personalized online training, so as to encourage full participation even remotely of all people with disabilities, motor, sensory or intellectual-relational, young and adults.
Unione Italiana Lotta alla Distrofia Muscolare - Pisa section
For iZilove Foundation sport means inclusion, team spirit and involvement. From this reflection was born the collaboration with the Italian Union for the Fight against Muscular Dystrophy - Pisa section for the project "Sbocciando – Liberi di essere campioni", dedicated to the promotion of the sport of bowls in the territory of Pisa in its Paralympic version. With the support of iZilove Foundation have been purchased sports equipment useful to achieve the discipline and has been supported the campaign to raise awareness and information in the area.
Make-A-Wish Italia Onlus, through a network of more than 250 active volunteers, receives referrals from the most important Italian pediatric hospitals and fulfills the wishes of children and young people aged between 3 and 17 years, affected by serious diseases. iZilove Foundation has supported the non-profit organization to fulfill the wish of a child affected by a serious disease, giving him the new computer he had been dreaming of for a long time. For him it is a virtual door to the outside world and also a way to face with more strength his condition that unfortunately forces him to stay at home.