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Solidarity Numbers: Fundraising in support of people affected by natural disasters.

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Telecom Italia and other telephony and communications operators have signed a non-profit memorandum of understanding with the Civil Protection.   

Telecom Italia and other telephony and communications operators – such as RAI, SKY Italia, Mediaset, La7, RCS, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Wind, Fastweb, H3G, Tiscali, Noverca, COOP, Postemobile, TWT, Uno Communications and Cloud Italia – have signed a non-profit memorandum of understanding with the Civil Protection Department to activate and disseminate solidarity numbers for fundraising in support of people affected by natural disasters.

Thanks to this Memorandum, when the Council of Ministers declares a natural disaster, telephone operators – when requested by the Civil Protection Department and after having evaluated the needs of the affected Regions – can make telephone numbers to be used for donations available in the shortest possible time. It will also allow communications operators to broadcast the news as quickly as possible, in a unified communication campaign with regards content and graphics, making fundraising easier and more effective.

The duration of the fundraising will be based on the needs in question up to a maximum of 45 days.

Based on the amounts collected, the affected Regions will present proposals for use of the funds to a Supervisory Committee, nominated each time and composed of people with unquestioned morality and experience. The amounts collected by telephone operators will be deposited into a non-interest-bearing account opened at the Central State Treasury in the name of the Department, which will then transfer the funds to implementing bodies after authorisation by the Supervisory Committee.

Thanks to the massive mobilisation of civil society, solidarity numbers have made it possible to support people affected by natural disasters through large-scale assistance and relief interventions.