The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center is a 50 acre property located at the heart of Lake Como in Northern Italy. The Foundation’s proud history with the Bellagio Center began in 1959, when Ella Holbrook Walker, the American Principessa della Torre e Tasso gifted it to the Foundation “for the promotion of international understanding.” For nearly 60 years the Center has supported many meaningful advances through its residency and conference programs and is globally renowned for fostering cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchange.
Each year the Bellagio residency program offers up to 120 best-in-class practitioners, scholars, writers, policy makers and artists from around the world month-long residencies to advance their work and engage with a diverse cohort of fellow though leaders. Former residents include Nobel Laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Mohamed Yunus, renowned authors Maya Angelou and Michael Ondaatji, and international policy makers such as Mary Robinson and Montek Ahluwalia.
The Center also hosts approximately 65 week-long international, cross-sectoral convenings per year organized by a variety of institutions from around the world, including several which are directly funded by the Foundation. The Center’s prestige and its prime location enable gatherings that bring together decision makers from across sectors and Bellagio has served as the launching pad for landmark initiatives such as the Green Revolution, the Forum for African Women Educationalists, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the field of impact investing