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Banco Santander announces the eleven winning projects in its 9th Call for Social Projects

  • Eleven winners were selected from the 320 initiatives carried out by 274 entities working on issues such as international cooperation, disabilities, health, social exclusion and education for children.
  • During the nine editions carried out to date, Banco Santander employees have backed 60 initiatives and supported over 30,000 people.

Madrid, 25 April 2017. At the ceremony held at Casa de América, Banco Santander Group Executive Chairman Ana Botín announced the 11 winners of the bank's 9th Call for Social Projects. The winning projects were selected from the 320 initiatives run by 274 social welfare entities. The bank's employees in Spain were entrusted with nominating projects and voting on the winners.

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  • 9th Call for Social Projects: The winners (watch / download)  
  • Banco Santander employees support eleven social projects (watch / download)  
  • Video materials (watch / download)
  • Ana Botín: "We are very clear that we are here to reach the progress of people, families and companies" (watch / download
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  • Ana Botín: "We are very clear that we are here to reach the progress of people, families and companies (ZIP 1,25 Mb)
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Each winning entity will receive €39,807 from the "Euros from your payslip" fund, created with the collaboration of 2,500 Santander employees. The bank also co-finances the projects selected by matching the amount contributed by employees. In 2016, a total of €437,880 was collected for the fund, which will directly improve the situation of 7,658 people. During the nine editions carried out to date, the Call for Social Projects has backed 60 initiatives and supported over 30,000 people.

Solidarity and service to society
Ana Botín applauded the participating organisations' commitment to helping others and expressed her contentment in "being their partner and doing our small part", in line with Banco Santander's mission: to help people and businesses prosper. This is something that the bank strives to do correctly: simple, personal and fair.

Ms. Botín also stated that Banco Santander's commitment goes beyond monetary contributions, highlighting the dedication, energy and time given by the bank’s employees, who supported over 260,000 people in 2016. Santander, whose strategic objectives include the commitment to help 5 million people between 2016 and 2018, assisted 1.7 million individuals during 2016.

Winning initiatives of Santander's 9th Call for Social Projects


Two projects were selected from each of the five categories: international cooperation, disabilities, health, social exclusion and education for children.

The winners in the international cooperation area were Asociación CIELO133, with its project to support the rights of Ethiopian orphans and abandoned children to receive ongoing education and healthcare and to live in a family, and Fundación Cerro Verde, which will collect, pump and supply drinking water.

In the disabilities category, the winners were Asociación Española de Esclerosis Lateral Amiotrófica (ADELA), with its "Cuidando de Ti" ("Taking Care of You") project to support families of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Fundación Anda Conmigo's "Therasuit – Adeli” intensive therapy and physical therapy maintenance initiative for children under 13.

In the health category, Santander will provide a grant to Fundación Unoentrecienmil to research childhood leukaemia at an international centre of excellence. The other winning project in this category was Fundación Abracadabra de Magos Solidarios' project to bring magic and encouragement to children with cancer, titled "Talleres juanitas, magia e ilusión para niños en tratamiento oncológico".

The winners in the social exclusion category were Fundación Amigos de los Mayores' "Grandes Vecinos" project to promote support networks among the elderly, and Fundación ADEMO's "Adriana" project to help people with intellectual disabilities secure gainful employment.

In the area of childhood education, the winners were Stop Violencia Sexual's "Menores: víctimas silenciosas del abuso sexual" project to provide information and social and psychological support for families affected by sexual abuse, as well as Fundación Amigo's "Conviviendo" Project to provide multi-activity support services to children between 10 and 18. A special award for ongoing service, which is given to the initiatives that have entered the competition for several years running, was granted to Fundación Soñar Despierto's "No importa que llueva" project.

Banco Santander is firmly committed to the communities where it operates. In 2016, the bank invested €209 million in the community, of which €157 million was earmarked for higher education -1,200 agreements with academic institutions- and €52 million to community support programmes, helping 1.7 million people. In 2016, Banco Santander was positioned as the top European bank on the DJSI, of which it has formed part since 2000. The bank has also formed part of the FTSE4Good since 2003. More information here

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