The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated undertakes humanitarian, hospitaller and charitable projects and initiatives across North America and abroad, particularly in health, social, humanitarian and educational fields. The origins and principles, traditions and humanitarian goals of the Chivalric Orders of the Royal House of Savoy date back a thousand years, long before members of the Savoy dynasty became kings of a united Italy in the 19th and 20th centuries. The American Delegation of Savoy Orders’ charitable works in North America are directed by the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) in roster consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The Savoy Foundation has funded charitable grants to aid children’s causes; hospice care for the poor, sick and infirm; ambulance purchases for hospitals; emergency disaster relief efforts throughout the world; and cultural, educational and social initiatives. Members of the Italian Royal Family actively support, attend and lend their names through formal patronage of the Savoy Foundation's worthy events and causes.
While deeply rooted in the past, the Savoy Orders are actively engaged in the challenges of modern society. Every year the proceeds from the Foundation's annual fundraising events - Ballo di Savoia (Savoy Ball) and the Festa della Primavera (Spring Reception)in New York City and Notte di Savoia Los Angeles (Night of Savoy Los Angeles) are donated to hospitals, war veterans' disability programs, children's social assistance and other humanitarian causes. These events provide valuable support enabling the Savoy Foundation to carry out its charitable work to aid children’s causes, hospice care for the poor, sick and infirm, emergency disaster relief and educational programs. The generous participation of the Knights, Dames and friends of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus and the Order of Merit of Savoy fosters the continuation of the Savoy Orders’ role in humanitarian and hospitaller assistance and support for its cultural, educational and social initiatives.
Since it was founded in 1993, the Savoy Foundation has been committed to philanthropic initiatives, following the centuries old traditions of the Savoy Orders. The diverse charitable giving list includes contributions to support local, national and international charities focused on providing medical, educational and humanitarian assistance, as well as social assistance charities that provide services to those in need such as children's welfare and elderly hospice care and scholarship grants to support university students in the fields of arts, humanities and international studies.
Savoy Foundation President Joseph Sciame states, “Philanthropy is the cornerstone of the Savoy Foundation’s values and central to the philosophy of having a meaningful impact by taking meaningful action. Important charitable grants are distributed in the medical, educational and humanitarian assistance fields."
The Savoy Foundation contributed to the purchase of a hospital ambulance which bears the triple insignia of the Savoy Royal Arms, and the crosses of the Orders of Saints Maurice and Lazarus and the Order of Merit of Savoy. Other grants made through the Savoy Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund support emergency relief efforts throughout the world to victims of natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods. A list of beneficiary organizations supported through the Savoy Foundation's charitable contributions includes local, national and international organizations focused on health, human services charities, assistance to victims of hurricanes and earthquakes, and education.
Recent beneficiaries of Savoy Foundation grants have been the following:
Guide Dog Foundation-America’s VetDogs Program: to meet the needs of disabled veterans by providing guide and service dogs specially trained to provide balance, relieve stress or perform other tasks.
Catholic Relief Services Earthquake Response in Central Italy: for relief work in connection with Caritas Italy to meet the immediate needs of families and deliver food and basic necessities in connection with the earthquake response in Central Italy in the towns of Amatrice and Norcia.
Catholic Relief Services Hurricane Response in Haiti: for relief work in connection with Hurricane Response in Haiti by providing emergency shelter materials, drinking water, hygiene kits, cash to families to cover their most immediate needs and living supplies.
The New York Foundling’s Camp Felix Program: to improve the quality of life of children in disadvantaged circumstances, to gain self-esteem and to develop life skills with an overnight camp experience each summer, providing a week-long adventure to change their outlook on life, their future, and their sense of pride. Camp Felix is the only overnight camp for children in the child welfare system. The Foundling’s campers immerse themselves in activities that instill feelings of self-confidence, resilience, respect and community.
Savoy Orders Pigott Scholarships: to provide scholarships to college and university students studying in the fields of fine arts/humanities and international studies. International studies scholars participate in the Savoy Foundation NGO program at the United Nations.
Stuart House at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center: to serve the special needs of sexually abused children and their families by providing comprehensive state-of-the-art treatment to help child victims and their families cope with the traumatic effects of sexual abuse on children's physical and psychological health.
Providence Rest Nursing Facility: to provide short term and long term care for the elderly in a peaceful environment.
A representative list of grants made to these various causes is listed below:
Savoy Charitable Grant List
Archdiocese of New York
Boys’ Town of Italy, Inc.
Catholic Charities USA for Hurricane Relief Fund and World Trade Center Fund
Catholic Relief Services Philippines Typhoon
Doctors Without Borders, USA
HCEF Children's Education Fund
Italian American Committee on Education (IACE)
Tsunami Relief & Haiti Relief
Italian Red Cross
Latin Patriarchate’s University of Madaba Scholarships
Near East Catholic Welfare Association
The New York Foundling
New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
St. Brigid School Italian Language Program
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital