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Get to know the Benfica Foundation

The Benfica Foundation was constituted in January 27th, 2009, in pursuance of a resolution by its Founder and Institutor, Sport Lisboa e Benfica, and was recognized as Private Institution of Social Solidarity and Collective Person of Public Utility by the Portuguese Government on January 14th, 2010.

The Benfica Foundation aims at designing, planning and implementing various projects of social, educational, environmental and healthcare nature as a way to contribute to the life quality of human beings, particularly youngsters at risk, and promoting inclusive sports as postulated by international organizations.

Below is an extract of the founder’s message:

Benfica exists on behalf of people and it was precisely for them that its Foundation was established. The Benfica Foundation must position itself as an institution bringing together many wills, such as companies, financial institutions, municipalities and even other foundations.

We must not give up building a more just, caring and generous society. Benfica was, is and will always be a socially concerned club! Therefore, combating social problems must be our priority, children being our primary focus. Primary but not exclusive, as the problems of social exclusion, extreme poverty and marginalization affect everyone.

(Luís Filipe Vieira, President of the Benfica Foundation)

The Foundation plays an important role in Portuguese society since its first times, with increasing implementation inside and outside the country, and is directed by nature, mission and its founder's historical tradition to the European communitarian context.

Its actions seek to bring solutions to such European challenges as the North-South dialogue and the relations with Africa, Latin America and other international institutions like the UN (UNDP), World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, ILO and IOM.

In its brief history, the pairing Benfica Foundation - Sport Lisboa e Benfica evidenced technical and fundraising capacities for humanitarian causes, having mobilized around 52,000 spectators in one event. The Benfica Foundation developed a unique partnership with the United Nations via the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and, as a result, held the VII Match Against Poverty in Lisbon, in cooperation with Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Altogether, about €537,000 were collected and delivered to the UNDP in order to mobilize civil society in raising funds for the people of Haiti, after the humanitarian disaster subsequent to the earthquake of January 12th, 2010.