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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

Our Annual Report 2021 is out

Nobody could have guessed that after the last two devastating years of the worldwide Covid epidemic, we would now be facing the serious possibility of a third world war in 2022.

How can we make sense of everything that has occurred?

As I write this introduction and try to focus on our positive actions in 2021, I would also like to take this opportunity to reflect on what the Cuomo Foundation has managed to accomplish in its 20 years of service globally…”

Maria Elena Cuomo
President – Cuomo Foundation

Latest News

The Foundation continues its commitment to the arts by supporting the 20th edition of “Premio Roma Danza” at the National Academy of Dance in Rome.

The prominent international dance competition "Premio Roma Danza" was held at the National Academy of Dance, located in Aventino hill, one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was founded, from July 8 to July 12. All the numerous prizes were funded by the Cuomo...

Foundation supports new research in the ‘Third Pole’ by Chinese IPCC Scholarship awardee

[Photo: Dr Dongfeng Li collects data in the Tibetan highlands using a drone and real-time kinematics © Dongfeng Li] Dr. Dongfeng Li of China is a previous recipient of the 2017-20 IPPCC Scholarship Programme, having received funding from the Cuomo Foundation for his...

Cuomo Foundation principal sponsor of 8th edition of “Les Itinéraires Artistiques de Saint-Louis 2022”

Founded in 2013 by the artists association Ndar Creations and under the auspices of the Senegalese Ministry of Culture, this annual Saint-Louis cultural exhibition has quickly established itself as a major event on the Senegalese art scene.

Joyeuses Pâques

Sœurs Mue « Une nuit, ma sœur le serpent a rampé jusque sous ma porte, je lui aurais tordu l’oreille comme elle m’a gobé l’orteil. J’ai une sœur comme ça. Plutôt velue mais que tout le monde appelle le serpent. J’aurais pu faire une très bonne bluffeuse ! Alors...

Cuban renewable energy project continues to grow and be supported by the Foundation

In 2016, the Cuomo Foundation announced a collaboration with Las Tunas University in Cuba to establish a Renewable Energy Training Centre within the university. The programme aims are to develop and train local populations and assist their communities to encourage...

Foundation funded IPCC doctoral scholar Dr Dongfeng Li’s research cited in latest IPCC report

The International Panel of Governmental Climate Change (IPCC) released the second part of its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) on 28 February, 2022. Entitled Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, the Working Group II contribution to the Sixth...

Amazonas communities help monitor real-time air quality

A climate change project funded by the Cuomo Foundation A former Cuomo Foundation-funded IPCC Scholarship recipient, whose PhD thesis "The impacts of forest fires on the air quality of a tropical megacity" was completed between 2019 and 2021, has launched a new...

Cuomo Foundation participates in panel discussion at Health & Wellness week – Expo2020, Dubai

A live-streamed, virtual event held on 1 February bringing together health experts from around the globe. Professor Gilles Dreyfus, Medical and Scientific Director - Centre Cardio-Pédiatrique Cuomo participated in the talks. 1 février 2022 Topics covered: Partnerships...

The grand dame of DORA murals at the Royal Court of Tiébélé honoured as a ‘Living Human Treasure’

[Photo: Mrs Kayè Tintana in front of her decorated home, in the Royal Court of Tiébélé, Burkina Faso photo © 2016 Cuomo Foundation] One of the oldest members of the community of the Royal Court of Tiébélé has been honoured and designated a ‘Living Human Treasure’ by...

Monaco Conference on Autism and Mental Disability – third edition

[Photo :Mr Francisco A. Diaz Lison, Director General of the Cuomo Foundation with Mrs Muriel Natali-Laure, President of the Monaco Disease Power Association - 27 November 2021, Monaco] The association Monaco Disease Power organised the "Third Monaco Conference on...

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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.


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