I support

  • Beretta Foundation

    Recent activity by the foundation: The prevention of skin melanoma

    Degree thesis by Beatrice Vivaldi for Dr. M. Ausilia Manganoni

    This project came about thanks to collaboration with Dr. Ausilia Maria Manganoni, Medical Director of the Dermatology Operating Unit and Head of Dermatological and Oncological Research at the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia. Dr. Manganoni needed a poster and a pamphlet on melanoma prevention. The 100x70cm poster was to be displayed on the walls at the hospital and it had to summarise the main details of skin melanoma and its prevention. Dr. Manganoni provided the text, which had to be divided into boxes based on the subject matter. Each box had to have its own title and some photographs or illustrations drawing the patient´s attention to the content. It was decided on a Bordeaux-red background to act as a strong contrast with the pale-coloured walls in the hospital. The second requirement was a small A5 pamphlet containing the same information as the poster, but in greater detail. Paler colours, reminiscent of the medical setting, were chosen this time. Here again, photographs and illustrations aided the reading and understanding of the contents. The material was printed and distributed to patients enrolled in the study, which was approved by the ethics committee. The project also includes an interview video to distribute on the web and a website, both of which are in the pipeline.


    The hospital poster

  • Essere Bambino

    The Essere Bambino [Being a Child] foundation was set up in 1989 to meet the various needs of sick children and their families. Based at the University of Brescia’s Paediatric Clinic, it is staffed by social psychologists who work alongside the medical team there.

    Recent activity by the foundation:
    Are you properly informed?

    The "Are you properly informed?"" project was launched in schools two years ago by Essere Bambino to provide youngsters with free information about sexually transmitted diseases.



    Teletutto, 4th November 2011
    About the Essere Bambino non-profit organisation
    ideo interview with Umberta Gnutti Beretta

    Guido Carli secondary school website, 20th May 2013
    Are you properly informed? Young people and sexually transmitted diseases
    Conference on 23 May 2013: Programme

  • Poldi Pezzoli Foundation

    Umberta Gnutti Beretta has been president of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum Restoration Club since honorary president and patron Countess Marta Marzotto appointed her as her successor. Umberta is a regular visitor to the museum, a renowned collector and sponsor of the restoration of Bellini’s Imago pietatis (click here for further details). Her job is to find people to sponsor restoration of the museum’s collection.

    The Restoration Club was founded specifically to fund the restoration and preservation of the works at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum that are most in need of intervention.

    It is mainly thanks to generous donations from numerous people that the Poldi Pezzoli Museum can survive and continue to grow, promoting the works of art on display and staging exhibitions, conferences, seminars and cultural activities for the general public. The museum counts on the generosity of everyone - businesses, associations and individuals - because even a small donation can go a long way.

    Yearly membership of the Restoration Club costs € 1,000. Anyone can join and support the restoration of individual works at the museum and there are various ways of getting involved: click here for further details.



    Corriere della Sera, 20th May 2013
    Brescia patronage helps Milan
    Umberta Gnutti Beretta, who has taken over from Marta Marzotto as Restoration Club president, relates her fundraising mission.

    La Stampa
    The lady who runs the restoration club

    Umberta with Countess Marta Marzotto

  • The Circle Italia

    Umberta Gnutti Beretta is a member of the The Circle executive board, a network of women who have pooled their skills and resources to support projects in favour of women living in need around the world.

    Set up in England in 2008, at the wish of Annie Lennox, it arrived in Italy in 2010 thanks to Antonella Antonelli and Livia Firth. The Circle is a group of women from different countries and areas (culture, art, entertainment, fashion, publishing, business, law), who bring ideas, skills and enthusiasm to fight poverty and injustice, by promoting fundraising, communication and awareness-raising campaigns.

    “Move yourself, get angry and be part of the change”
    Annie Lennox, founder of The Circle


    Women of The Circle Italia: Umberta Gnutti Beretta, Antonella Antonelli, Ilaria Venturini Fendi, Caterina Occhio, Enrica Maria Ghia

  • Fondazione I.E.O.

    Umberta Gnutti Beretta is on the board of Fondazione I.E.O. (European Foundation & Institute of Oncology and Cardiology), which was set up in 1994 to fund clinical and experimental research at the European Institute of Oncology. Over the years Fondazione I.E.O. has provided grants for young researchers and funded the purchase of cutting-edge machinery for the increasingly efficient diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and supported initiatives with the aim of progressively improving the prevention of tumours. The foundation has had a dual mission since 2014, supporting not only cancer research but also cardiovascular research, and has changed its name to Fondazione IEO-CCM. 


  • Fondazione Brescia Musei

    Umberta Gnutti Beretta has been on the governing council of Fondazione Brescia Musei since 2017, a foundation which promotes monumental and artistic heritage in Brescia through a structured programme of exhibitions and culture. The foundation looks after the Santa Giulia museum, the Roman archaeological park of Brescia, the Tosio Martinengo gallery, the Luigi Marzoli museum of arms and the Risorgimento museum through service contracts with Brescia City Council. 


  • I also support

    Dino Ferrari Center

    Umberta Gnutti Beretta is a member of the association “Amici del Centro Dino Ferrari”.

    Founded in 1984 by engineer Enzo Ferrari, in memory of his son Dino, the association supports and promotes scientific research through the Dino Ferrari Centre in the field of neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases.



    For several years Umberta Gnutti Beretta has supported AmfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, by promoting fundraising in support of research into treatment for HIV.


    Francesca Rava Foundation

    Umberta Gnutti Beretta supports the Francesca Rava Foundation, which helps needy children in Italy and abroad via long-distance adoptions, projects, campaigns to raise awareness about children's rights, and voluntary work.