Worry more about your self-awareness than your reputation. Because your self-awareness is what you are; your reputation is what others think of you. And what others think of you is their problem.

Charlie Chaplin

Founded more than 25 years ago in Bergamo, the San Michele Arcangelo Foundation represents the synthesized crossroads of a group of Organisations which feels strongly about Education, Training, Employment, Research and Sustainability.

The most concise and aware formulation of the nature, purpose and working directions of the Foundation can be found in Article 2 of its Statute.

OPERA (Charitable Organisation)

The SMA Foundation is an Organisation meaning it is an entity that is structured and managed according to business logics but on a non-profit basis, with social utility purposes, to which any operational gains are redirected.

CATHOLIC ROOTS

The Foundation, with its Catholic roots regarding the experience from which it originates, addresses the religious sense of humankind, meaning, that core of unshakeable aspects and needs – of truth, justice, happiness, love – which constitutes the “heart” of the human being.

THE PERSON

The purpose of the Foundation is to promote the overall realisation of individuals, accompanying and supporting them, with the comprehensive acquisition of the criteria for personal action, the natural propensity towards self-fulfilment, the summit of which is freedom understood as the total satisfaction of one’s desires.

BEAUTY

The Foundation’s activities are characterised by:
– the introduction to truth through the experience of beauty, present in nature and in human cultural, technical and artistic expressions;

PARTICIPATION

The participation of partners, collaborators, users, families, businesses, institutions, the community at large, in building the Organisation and achieving the common good;

TRANSPARENCY

Transparency of internal and external relations, management activities and information, to encourage sharing of the Foundation’s objectives;

MODERATION

A style that is based on moderation, an attitude that indicates the preeminence of others as a good for oneself and is expressed in an essentiality and discretion that are attention and service aimed at others;

SUSTAINABILITY

Commitment to development according to a logic of sustainability, inspired by the criteria of an integral ecology, which unites the human, social, economic and environmental dimensions;

WORLD

Opening up to the world understood as an intrinsic dimension linked to action and a commitment to promoting and supporting international experiences and collaborations.

The activities are based on five essential principles:
EDUCATION – TRAINING – EMPLOYMENT – RESEARCH – SUSTAINABILITY

San Michele Arcangelo Foundation, founding partner of all the Group’s Organisations, stands as guarantor of the purpose, method and steering and appoints the statutory bodies of each of them.

“The Holy Spirit does not reign in abstract disembodied spirituality – which many moralists love – but seeks the mire of our sins to absolve us and put us back on our feet. Indeed, its most moving kenosis consists precisely in immersing itself within our limitations and sins to free us from any bondage from within.”

Card. Marc Oullet

THE FOUNDER

“It runs in the family”, as he likes to say (his father had started a school-workshop in the 1950s), Daniele Nembrini has been involved in vocational training since the late 1990s. He is married and the father of three children.

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THE IDENTITY OF THE ORGANISATIONS

The Organisations in the San Michele Arcangelo Foundation, which are rooted in Catholicism, did not, paradoxically, come into being to respond to the needs of others, but first and foremost to our own: to the need for meaning that we all have. And so we try, as best we can, to respond to the needs of others – which we recognise, in the end, as identical to our own.

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ORGANISATIONS

From this endeavour, a constellation of ever-changing Organisations originated with a common goal: to accompany the people we meet, from compulsory school children and young graduates to adults, to develop their talents through work.

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