Cuomo Foundation


“Premio Roma Danza” International Dance Competition

“Premio Roma Danza” International Dance Competition

ITALY | ART & CULTURE Premio Roma DanzaAn annual international dance competition organised by Accademia Nazionale di Danza.Cuomo Foundation, the main sponsor of the international dance competition During an informal meeting, some links were formed between the...

Our Projects

from around The World 

The Cuomo Foundation is a philanthropic organisation based in Monaco with a global outlook.

Its aims are to empower the young and enable the disadvantaged through supporting actions and creating partnerships in education, medical and socioeconomic development, environmental research, culture and the arts.

Its current activities are in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America with thousands of beneficiaries.


Home to the Cuomo Foundation headquarters, the Principality has regularly beneffited from the Cuomo Foundation’s contribution, right from 2001, its founding year.


For the Cuomo Foundation, it all began in South India, when Alfredo and Maria Elena Cuomo had a first-hand experience of the utmost beauty and the distress of the region.


The Cuomo Foundation is particularly active in Italy in the fields of Arts and Culture


A land of sentimental predilection for the Foundation, Senegal has seen the implementation of its most ambitious project to-date.


Beyond Europe, the Cuomo Foundation is active today in Asia, Africa and Latin America in the fields of education, social welfare, environmental research and the arts.

Evolving with

An Ever-changing World

The Foundation was established in 2001 in Monaco by an Italian couple, Alfredo and Maria Elena Cuomo, who originally had one simple vision—to help support vulnerable children in India to gain access to educational attainment and better life chances.

Alfredo Cuomo, born in Rome, was a Fulbright student scholarship recipient who made his reputation as a producer in the international film industry. Maria Elena Cuomo, also a Roman, graduated from La Sapienza University of Rome with a special interest in Latin and Greek culture and enjoyed a successful career in the global banking business. 

Both enthusiastic art collectors and adventurous explorers, in particular, of India and Africa, they had reached a point in their lives where they wanted to affirm and create positive philanthropy to those less fortunate.

In early 2000’s, working in the Tamil Nadu state of Southern India, the Foundation built schools, dormitories and sanitation buildings in Chennai, K.G.Kandigai, Kovalam, Mambakkam and Sendivakkam. 4,600 primary and secondary school-age children attend the schools daily. Since 2001, over 500 scholarships have assisted students to attend colleges and universities.

Other initiatives and partnerships were launched and upheld aplenty in Monaco, Europe and in many parts of the world. 

Following the passing of Alfredo Cuomo in 2009, Maria Elena Cuomo challenged the Foundation and herself to evolve and further expand its aims, achievements and partnerships.

Since its beginnings in India, the Foundation has extended its outreach and is now active globally in the fields of education, social welfare, environmental research and the arts.


A brief presentation
of our actions worldwide

Latest News

Premio Roma Danza 2020 competition offered lifeline by going online!

Due to the current global health pandemic and the enormous restrictions and uncertainties that the crisis has created, the difficult decision has been taken that the 2020 Premio Roma Danza competition organised by the National Academy of Dance in Rome will still go...

The Foundation launches emergency response in Tamil Nadu to assist vulnerable families during Covid-19 crisis

Like in many part of the world, people in Southern India are homebound amid the current health crisis. The unprecedented context has drastic consequences on the economy of households. The situation is all the more alarming in rural areas where the majority of workers...

“Dance and Distance” – keeping performance alive during lockdown

This year, The National Academy of Dance in Rome held its International Dance Day 2020 in a unique way. Unable to stage its performances in the usual theatrical manner the academy held a 24hrs nonstop dance marathon by live streaming on various social platforms....

Lock down Does Not Mean Let down For Foundation!

Actions in the Principality and globallyAlways remaining in close contact and communication with both its partners and beneficiaries, the Cuomo Foundation has been even more attentive during this confinement and current global health crisis. IN MONACO A partner of the...

Covid-19 Breakout in Burkina Faso

A report compiled by the Zeine Association, Gorom-Gorom

Testimonial of Ana Carolina Amarillo, Researcher

Ana Carolina Amarillo (Argentina), Researcher on the effects of climate change, is a Cuomo Foundation Fellow

Cuba’s EICTV placed in isolation

Since 2016, the Cuomo Foundation awards scholarships to students of the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television (EICTV) of Cuba. Faced with the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the activities of the film school are currently at a standstill. Here is a testimony from San Antonio de Los Baños.

The CCPC helps reinforce the Senegalese hospital capacity in response to the COVID-19 emergency

In the face of the health emergency affecting the entire planet, the Cuomo Cardio-Pediatric Centre in Dakar is preparing to play an active role in Senegal, where 38 positive cases have been detected to date. The CCPC thus aligns itself with the Senegalese hospital...

El Vedado, Tradición y modernidad en la arquitectura habanera 

El Vedado: Tradition and Modernity in Havana Architecture

Covid -19 Outreach Program in Sendivakkam

The International Women’s Day is celebrated today and tomorrow at the Alfredo Cuomo Hr. Secondary School, Sendivakkam. A series of outreach programs are thus being conducted to raise awareness among children on various current issues concerning the youth, especially the female.


“This Is Our Time”

Cuomo Foundation / IPCC Scholarship Program on Climate Change Research