An initiative for those in need
The San Leone Magno Solidarity Fund, established at the Foundation, is the result of an agreement signed in November 2012 by FMSI and the former alumni association San Leone Magno (Rome).
The Fund is intended to finance:
1. Grants for students in difficulty, deserving of the educational offer opportunity of the Istituto San Leone Magno, the Marist school in Rome;
2. Solidarity projects, generally promoted by the Marist Brothers of the Mediterranean Province.
The Fund is nurtured by the Alumni Association, by the Foundation itself, and by private individuals close to the Marist area. Among the latter, the “Artisti da sé” amateur theater company distinguished itself for its generosity.
The project of a solidarity fund has been proposed to FMSI by the Association of Alumni San Leone Magno to help all those who, while showing a strong interest in the educational value of the Marist schools, cannot access it due to financial difficulties. Furthermore, the fund lends itself to managing the charitable initiatives traditionally promoted by former students and the Istituto San Leone Magno in an organized manner, with the guarantee of transparency from a non-profit organization.
FMSI has welcomed with interest the proposal for collaboration with the Association of Alumni because promoting young people’s access to the Marist school is a way to implement the statutory provision to pursue social solidarity goals “through the Marist charism” and allows the Foundation greater visibility in the school and the potential for developing animation activities for solidarity.
The San Leone Magno Ex-Alumni Association was established in Rome in 1929 and is a member of the Federation of Former Alumni Associations of the Mediterranean Marist Province. In recent years it has regained its strength, inserting itself as support in various educational activities of the school and making available the various professional skills of which it is rich. The Solidarity Fund took charge of some charitable activities traditionally supported by San Leone Magno. As each member of the Association remains grateful and enthusiastic of the Marist education, another aim of the Fund is to make it accessible to children and young people who would not have this opportunity.