The Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation is one of the most important private foundations in Europe. Created in 1563, its mission is to foster the civil, cultural and economic development in the communities it operates in, pursuing goals of public interest and social usefulness. The income derived from its assets has been saved for centuries and is used for these institutional aims.

The Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation is active in research and higher education, social policies, health, artistic heritage and cultural activities. It is a member of European Foundation Centre (EFC) and ACRI, the Italian Association of Foundations of Banking Origin and Saving Banks.