The Agnelli Foundation is a non-profit, independent social sciences research institute.
It was established in 1966 in Turin (Italy) – where it is headquartered – by will of Gianni Agnelli, for the centennial of the birth of Fiat’s founder, Senator Giovanni Agnelli.
Its charter states its mission is to “research in depth and spread knowledge about the conditions on which Italy’s economic, scientific, social and cultural progress depends”, and to work to support scientific research.
As a research foundation, it promotes and carries out studies, surveys, reports and experimentations in the field of education, from an inter-disciplinary perspective and applying rigorous quantitative methods.
It is mostly active in Italy, but always with an eye to the European and global context.
It plays an active role in the country’s cultural and political debate, to (i) contribute to the understanding of changes in Italian society, and (ii) advocate for public policies that support growth for the country and, in particular, for young people. It dialogues in complete autonomy with civil society and the cultural field, with political and economic players, and with public institutions at both the national and local level.
It is present on both traditional and social media.
Since 2008, the Agnelli Foundation has focused its activities and resources on education (school, university, lifelong learning) as a critical factor for economic progress and innovation, social cohesion and people’s development and empowerment.
It has the improvement of public education at heart, and studies it under three fundamental aspects: equality, in terms of everyone’s essential right to study, effectiveness, in terms of quality of learning outcomes, and efficiency, in terms of best possible use of resources.
It strives to contribute to the renewal of didactics with experimental projects on the field, in collaboration with schools, students and teachers. It dialogues with families and offers them information tools to support their choices in education. It promotes a closer relationship between school and workplace.
The Agnelli Foundation publishes its own Social Report since 2010.
Board of directors
Simone Avogadro di Collobiano
Giorgio Barba Navaretti
Tancredi Campello della Spina
Management and staff
Gianfranco De Simone
The Agnelli Foundation’s headquarters are a place of innovation, open to citizens, schools, new ways of working, technologies and experimentation. A place where ideas are created and exchanged.
In May 2017, the Agnelli Foundation returned to Via Giacosa 38 after an extensive renovation of the historical building where it had been headquartered between the 1970s and 2011.
The building – once home to Senator Giovanni Agnelli – had been transformed and extended by architect Amedeo Albertini first, and by Gabetti & Isola in the 1980s.
Now, thanks to a project by architect Carlo Ratti, the building has stepped up to current changes in work styles and is open to the city, enhanced by technological solutions, designed to serve various functions and highly energy-efficient thanks to the innovative option of individual heating and air conditioning settings.
The garden was redesigned by French landscape architect Louis Benech.
In its renewed headquarters, the Agnelli Foundation develops its research programmes and activities for education, also offering students and teachers innovative workshop rooms.