In 1902, with a 400,000 lire donation, Ferdinando Bocconi founded the University that bears the name of his son Luigi, who was killed in the Battle of Adwa. It was a visionary philanthropic gesture from a great entrepreneur ahead of his time.
Later, Ettore and Javotte Bocconi, the family’s last heirs, decided to leave their entire family estate – both financial assets and real estate – to the University, providing the resources needed to become one of the leading players in our country’s social and cultural development.
Though it has always been a private institution, Bocconi has constantly promoted and implemented equal opportunities for students, from generation to generation, advancing social mobility and opening doors to all deserving students, regardless of their financial background.
Today, Bocconi continues to invest in people: students, faculty and researchers.
By following the example of our Alma Mater’s founder, the Bocconi Alumni Community aims to promote development and fundraising projects at the University among its Alumni because it believes in the crucial role that education and knowledge play in the growth of individuals, collective progress and the improvement of society.
Did you know that Bocconi allocates €28million per year to scholarships?
But the goal to reach by 2020 is even more ambitious: to invest €30 million annually in student aid. This will only be possible with the help of those who understand the importance of supporting young people and the future, rewarding responsibility and merit, and creating knowledge and opportunity.
The Within Our Reach fundraising campaign has the objective of raising a total of €120m by 2020. As of today, we have raised €92m: we have come a long way, but there is still lots to do and we need everyone’s support.
To that end, the Alumni are at the forefront, motivated by the spirit of giving back and a pact between generations. Many Alumni and people close to the Community, either on an individual level or within a group – Chapter and Topic Groups– are already counted among our valued donors.
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