Cuomo Foundation

2001 – 2021


“We recently received this testimonial from a past Alfredo Cuomo Scholarship recipient, and it highlights and reinforces the significance, importance and purpose of providing financial support, assistance and encouragement to individuals without resources , to enable better futures for the many not the few…”


– Maria Elena Cuomo

Founder & President
Cuomo Foundation

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“I just wanted to tell you that the Cuomo foundation has helped me to pursue my career and to obtain an identity for myself”

“Currently I am working as a Senior Software Analyst at Agilysys Inc. I attended St Joseph’s Higher Sec School in Kovalam and graduated in 2013.

A Cuomo Foundation-funded IPCC Scholarship researcher has been recognised in the prestigious international journal SCIENCE

On October 29, 2021, the journal “Science” published a paper titled “Exceptional increases in river sediment fluxes in increasingly hot and humid Asian highlands” by Dr. Dongfeng Li and his scientific team.

The IPCC Scholarship Programme Awards 2021/23 research students announced at a special ceremony in Monaco

The newly selected class of 2021/23 PhD student researchers for the IPCC Scholarship Programme arrived in Monaco to receive their certificates.

The Positive Impact of The Cuomo Foundation’s Scholarship Programs in Tamil Nadu, South India

2012 Alfredo Cuomo Scholarship Program Since 2004, the Cuomo Foundation has provided scholarships for further education to the most promising students from the schools it funds in Tamil Nadu, South India. So far, more than 500 young adults have successfully entered...

Cuomo Foundation supports the Zeine Associations’ latest social action aid to assist IDPs in Burkina Faso

The Zeine Association in Gorom-Gorom is a grassroots organisation that actively promotes social projects to benefit its largely agricultural farming community. The market town of Gorom-Gorom is the capital of the province of Oudalan, in Northern Burkina Faso. A...

Partial Reopening of Schools and Colleges in Tamil Nadu, India

As per the order of Tamil Nadu government, the schools and colleges across the State were reopened on Sep 1 following strict health guidelines.

Brazilian researcher, funded by the Cuomo Foundation, expands his PhD research with a new initiative to protect public health.

While the enormous impact of deforestation and fires in the Amazonian rain forest on biodiversity, climate change, and the economy is well known, the broader impact on public health has received less attention. As a result of this observation, Igor Oliveira Ribeiro, a...

Alfredo Cuomo Higher Sec. School joins the “FIT INDIA School” movement

The FIT INDIA Movement was launched as a Narendra Modi government initiative in 2019 ,with the aims of encouraging physical education and activity in the daily lives of Indians especially the young. To support this mission the FIT INDIA SCHOOL certification promotes...

19th edition of the “Premio Roma Danza” focusses again on Video -Dance

Professoressa Enrica Palmieri- Director - National Academy of Dance, Rome - 12/07/2021Founded in 2001 by the Accademia Nazionale di Danza (AND ) and granted patronage of Roma Capitale, the Premio Roma Danza event has become one of the most prestigious annual...

The “Itinéraires artistiques de Saint-Louis” of Senegal sponsored by the Cuomo Foundation

The 7th edition of the Itinéraires artistiques de Saint-Louis, delayed by the global Covid health situation, was finally able to officially open to the public on 5 June,2021. The Art exhibition takes place in the picturesque coastal city of Saint-Louis, Senegal and...

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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.


The Foundation headquarters were established in Monaco in 2001 and supports many of the Principalities’ charitable organisations and activities.


The Foundation began in Tamil Nadu with its first educational actions in 1999 and continues to be central to its work today.


The Foundation has a long history of support for Arts & Culture especially in the City of Rome.


The Foundation in collaboration with key partners has achieved its most ambitious medical and social welfare project until now.


The Foundation is actively involved and supports actions in the fields of educational and social welfare, environmental research, arts and culture in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

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