On this day, the FC Barcelona Foundation was officially constituted with a multi-faceted board and the intention to represent the widest spectrum of what FC Barcelona means, integrating people from all fields of arts and culture, as well as from civil society and experts in the management and development of foundations. The Foundation was made possible thanks to the contributions (limited to 9,000 pesetas per person) of almost 25,000 people.
From 2003, the Foundation took a complete turn and began focusing on serving as a social institution. It was sensitive to the changing times and oriented its work on the needs of the community. Overseas, the Foundation started heading in another direction, and also an unprecedented one, by working in liaison with NGOs.
On September 7, 2006, the FC Barcelona Board of Directors and the Barça Foundation signed a historic agreement with UNICEF at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Barça shirt would be emblazoned with the UNICEF logo. This gesture was accompanied by an annual donation of 1.5 million euros and the commitment to adhere to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. To make the structure of this redefined model coherent, FC Barcelona decided to allocate 0.7% of its ordinary income to the Foundation.
A GESTURE OF SOLIDARITY
Sandro Rosell proposed a motion, which was passed, that all professional athletes and coaches at the club should voluntarily donate 0.5% of their income to the Foundation. This charitable gesture was the first of its kind in the football world.
In 2016, a new Strategic Plan was launched that outlined innovative proposals for a sports club, and which focused on three main areas: the prevention of violence, the fight against social exclusion and educational access and reinforcement. The purpose of this new strategic approach was to achieve social change through sport in order to thereby contribute to a more egalitarian and inclusive society.
Based on the new Strategic Plan, various programs would be launched, mainly focused on children, such as those on the Prevention of Bullying, Youth Violence, the Integration of people with disabilities or children in vulnerable contexts. Support was also provided to sick children via the Paediatric Emotional Wellness program. Another of the Foundation's main areas of work has been the Refugees program, which seeks to improve the emotional well-being of refugee children and encourage their integration into local communities.
The 2020 pandemic led to the launch of a series of actions overseen by the Foundation to help combat the serious situation. One of the most important was the transfer for a year of the rights to the Camp Nou's name to the Foundation in order for it to sell them and dedicate the proceeds entirely to research projects and action programs.
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