The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation was founded in early 2010, under the aegis of umbrella organization, the Fondation de France. It was created in memory of Daniel Carasso – founder of Danone and his wife, Nina. It is a family organization that is independent of the food company. On its Executive Committee sit its president, Marina Nahmias, family members, and friends chosen for their competence. The Executive Committee is supported by a Finance Committee that is made up of Executive Committee members and external members. It handles all matters related to investment of the endowment and revenues. The Foundation is steered by an Executive Director who is assisted by a team.
To help it accomplish its mission, the Foundation draws on the support of a number of consultative committees that are currently being formed. Their mission is to conduct strategy watches and – in some cases – shortlist projects, with the Executive Committee having the final say.
The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation was established in 2010 in memory of Daniel Carasso, founder of Danone in France and Dannon in the USA, and his wife Nina. The Foundation is a family organization, totally independent from the Danone group. On its Executive Committee sit its president, Marina Nahmias (daughter of Daniel & Nina), her family and individuals with expertise in their fields of work. Under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation works to fund projects in two areas of great importance for human development:
Food to sustain life.
Art to nourish the mind.
The Foundation’s scope of intervention is primarily France and Spain. It is nevertheless prepared to take action in other countries in response to emergency situations – particularly environmental crises – by supporting projects that come within its ambit.
The Foundation seeks to use its financial support to:
Facilitate encounters and opportunities that bring together fields of enquiry whose paths do not always cross and make the previously impossible possible.
Spotlight innovative action and capitalize on good practices in order to share them as widely as possible.