Roberto Bazzoni Onlus - United States, Inc.
"Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries - but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity. Whether through democracy, strong public education, quality health care, or broad economic opportunity - reducing inequity is the highest human achievement."
Bill Gates, Founder, Microsoft
On November 12, 1999, a United Nations plane carrying 24 people, 21 of whom were on humanitarian missions, crashed on a mountainside near the village of Slakovce, 25 miles north of Pristina, Kosovo. Roberto Bazzoni, an orthopedic technician and the son of Sebastiano Bazzoni from Pioneer's parent company, UniCredito Italiano S.p.A., was on board. An Onlus (the Italian word for charity) was created in his memory on March 17, 2000, with the mission of humanitarian assistance for persons who lost their legs due to land mine and other war-related incidents in the Balkans. With funds generated from the Italian Onlus, a hospital was built and training program completed.
On September 28, 2001, the US Onlus, a supporting organization to the Italian Onlus, was formed. With a sister Onlus in Dublin, the project scope has broadened to support the Luisa Guidotti Hospital, an Italian-run hospital for children with AIDS in Zimbabwe. It is in keeping with the spirit and mission of Roberto Bazzoni Onlus that innocent victims of AIDS became the focus of the fight to cure and prevent this killer through the Onlus's efforts on both sides of the Atlantic.
In March 2012, the directors of the Roberto Bazzoni Onlus – United States, Inc. expanded its purpose to include funding Massachusetts charitable organizations in addition to its continued support of Luisa Guidotti Hospital in Mutoko, Zimbabwe which provides assistance to persons with HIV/AIDS. As a result, the organization's name was changed to Pioneer Investments Charitable Foundation, Inc. Pioneer Investments Charitable Foundation, Inc. supports a broad range of charities with its primary focus on organizations that help women, children and families. Funding for Pioneer Investments Charitable Foundation, Inc. is derived from the proceeds of its annual golf tournament.