We are writing this extraordinary message today to inform you of an important decision that the Foundation has taken recently.

We are sure you all are aware of the catastrophic situation in South Sudan, the youngest country in the world. Since its independence from Sudan in 2011, the country has suffered one of the worst humanitarian crises in history. Today, from a total of 12 million people, more than 6 million are refugees in other countries or have fled from their homes and are sheltered in camps for displaced persons.

In February 2017, famine was officially declared: in South Sudan people die of hunger and war.

With an unprecedented decision, the Board of the Foundation, answering a request from our President, has decided to support a humanitarian intervention plan in South Sudan that will begin immediately and will involve eight partner organizations active on the field.

It is a complex and very demanding financial commitment that necessarily implies the compression of most of our ordinary activities and the suspension of our Online Application System until further notice. For this reason, all projects submitted and awaiting evaluation will not be evaluated.

We are aware that our decision, which is unexpected due to extraordinary events, will upset your plans. However, we ask you to stand with us and with South Sudan at this time. Now is the time to focus attention on an area of ​​the world nobody speaks of and where, in 2017, unthinkable atrocities are committed to a resigned population decimated by hunger and epidemics.


The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation greatly regrets to inform all potential applicants that the current suspension of the Online Application System has been extended to December 2019.

This decision was taken to allow the Foundation to evaluate its current emergency assistance commitment for South Sudan and carefully consider any future engagement in the country.

In the next months the NaEPF will also revise its internal priorities and objectives in order to better align its grant-making with its mission and vision.

Please be advised that until the new opening date, we will not accept unsolicited applications.

Please check this page for any news, updates and information on openings.

Yours sincerely

The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation

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