Message from the Chair
From a Welfare State to a ‘Civil’ Welfare model
Fondazione Terzo Pilastro and the role of the Mediterranean region.

Third Pillar: the non-profit world is the only valid alternative to the Crisis of the State
and the market and to meet the community’s inevitable needs.

(Mediterranean Region – The East)

From the Mediterranean Basin to countries in the Middle and Far East, with no territorial operating restrictions…
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(Southern Italy)
Commitment to the social needs of the territory combined with an increasingly wider, global vision of the world… read more >>


700.000 euro for Families in Difficulty from Fondazione Terzo Pilastro

A real and immediate solution to meet the basic needs of Italian families who have  been hit by the economic crisis generated by the lengthy lockdown due to COVID-19: this is the honourable initiative launched by Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale, which places 700.000 euro at the disposal of seven cities in Southern Italy to be distributed in food vouchers, thanks to the generous vision of the Chairman, Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, who has always been sensitive to the needs of the most vulnerable classes of society.

A tête-à-tête with Emanuele

Interview with the patron of arts and philanthropist, protagonist of important gestures of solidarity during the COVID-19 crisis, in view of restarting exhibition activities

Art, Environment and Landscape with the artist Bellobono

The Linea 1201 project, a travelling residency programme by the artist Angelo Bellobono started on the 22nd of June at the Capanna Moulin on the top of Monte Marrone in the Mainarde massif between Lazio and Molise, which from June to September will stop at four “Base Camps” selected as significant places of geological diversity and their characteristic geographic and symbolic positioning.

The ECRFM allocates €1.3 million to Cancer Research

Friday July 24th 2020 has been definitely a day to remember for the Maltese cancer research field. Nearly 1.3 million grant was offered by the Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation Malta, to fund two research projects to be performed in a cutting-edge laboratory that has just been installed in University of Malta.

Rowing down the Danube 2020

A challenging undertaking, rowing around 200 kilometres down a likewise challenging river, on the stretch between Linz and Vienna.  This time there are athletes who speak different languages and para-rowing athletes. However, the undertaking was successful last year and encouraged the coaches Riccardo Dezi and Giulia Benigni, President and Vice President of the Circolo Canottieri Tre Ponti member of the FIC-Federazione Italiana Canottaggio to attempt to row down the Danube with an INCLUSIVE and INTERNATIONAL group

Youths in the Digital Era, at the Università Europea di Roma

At the opening ceremony of the academic year 2019 – 2020 of the Università Europea di Roma  held on the 20th of February 2020 titled ‘Youths in the Digital Era’ the Rector Professor Father Pedro Barrajón Muñoz, L.C., the President of the  Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization the Most Reverend Rino Fisichella, Professor Emmanuele F.M. Emanuele Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale and the Professor of Clinical Psychology Benedetto Farina, delivered their addresses.

Message from the Chair

From a Welfare State to a ‘Civil’ Welfare model
Fondazione Terzo Pilastro and the role of the Mediterranean region

Terzo Pilastro: the non-profit world as the only valid alternative to the crisis of the State and the market, to meet the inescapable needs of the community.

Fondazione Terzo Pilastro - Internazionale operates in the fields of Health, Scientific Research, Aid to the Underprivileged, Education, Art and Culture and, in the latter sector, acts as a trait d’union between Mediterranean cultures.

Since the Foundation was established for the purpose of paying more attention to the neglected regions of Southern Italy and the Maghreb most of its activities were initially performed in Southern Italy and the Mediterranean Region. In the past two years it has also been engaged in boosting philanthropy and culture in the Near and Middle East.

In fact, everything beautiful surrounding us originated in the Mediterranean region: poetry, literature, art, education, monotheistic religions, philosophy and democracy.  I have focused on this environment ever since I was young.  Some say this is because my personality was certainly influenced by the great leading figures in the history of humanity who lived in Sicily, my homeland, such as Roger II and above all Frederick II, who preferred to be called King of Sicily rather than Holy Roman Emperor or King of Germany and loved the Mediterranean region immensely.  This man embodied all the excellences of human intellect: he was an eminent jurist, a legislator who reformed the administrative structure of the State, a man of letters, poet and a farsighted philanthropist with progressive ideas.  He started the process of integration between the Greek, Latin, Arab and Jewish cultures and even invented a Romance language, to enable communication between the various ethnic groups, and reached agreements, without bloodshed, whereby Christians were allowed to enter Jerusalem… and much more.

Since it was established, Fondazione Terzo Pilastro has accomplished many projects in this regard: first and foremost it has opened several representative offices in the regions of interest (Catania in Sicily; Cosenza in Calabria; Naples in Campania; Rabat in North Africa; Madrid in Spain and finally in Malta), in order see first-hand the local entities and create strategic operative centres in the relevant regions.  Furthermore, over the years the Foundation has created and completed, in a progressively more structured and systematic way, many education or cultural projects of high socio-economic value in most of the Mediterranean basin and subsequently increasingly more towards the East until reaching Russia and China even becoming directly involved, with efficacy, in the neediest countries.  Please refer to the two activities macro-sections named National (Southern Italy) and International (the Mediterranean region and the East), for a detailed and complete survey of the international projects completed by the Foundation in the last decade.

All of these important projects received impressive feedback even if the current, widespread geopolitical crisis is objectively holding back the Foundation’s operations.  We hope that this is just a temporary crisis so we may resume the course we have started as soon as possible, even in the most troubled spots.

Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele
Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale