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About

About

We nurture local communities and sponsor charity projects
that foster global ocean conservation.

Once A Year is a non-profit organisation that believes that local communities are the best advocates of the waters they live by.

Why


We believe that acting locally is a socially beneficial way to tackle the global water emergency, and we commit to sponsoring at least one ocean conservation project per year.

Local environmental initiatives have the potential to succeed because the drive to live in a healthy and pleasant local environment intersects with ease of access for action. In this context, each valid idea can ignite spontaneous social cooperation and lead to gratifying achievements. Meaningful community efforts can durably shape the local relationship with the environment. Be it in a coastal village, or a hamlet on a glacier, any beneficial intervention will be carried along by water in its endless circulation around the globe.

Once A Year’s long-term vision is to disseminate a culture of care, curiosity and respect for the oceans by nurturing and supporting constructive and dedicated water advocates. A global network of local communities will be their supporting and inspiring base.

Why


We believe that acting locally is a socially beneficial way to tackle the global water emergency, and we commit to sponsoring at least one ocean conservation project per year.

Local environmental initiatives have the potential to succeed because the drive to live in a healthy and pleasant local environment intersects with ease of access for action. In this context, each valid idea can ignite spontaneous social cooperation and lead to gratifying achievements. Meaningful community efforts can durably shape the local relationship with the environment. Be it in a coastal village, or a hamlet on a glacier, any beneficial intervention will be carried along by water in its endless circulation around the globe.

Once A Year’s long-term vision is to disseminate a culture of care, curiosity and respect for the oceans by nurturing and supporting constructive and dedicated water advocates. A global network of local communities will be their supporting and inspiring base.

We value your contribution, and we will follow the project closely to assure that your gift will only serve the purpose of the initiative that is dear to you.

We scout new projects personally and select initiatives that are in line with our stated aims and values.

We are committed to our projects through every stage of their development. We analyse, support, monitor and report to you on all the relevant steps. Thanks to our direct engagement, your donation will not be wasted on middlemen or overheads: it will go straight from us to the project you believe in.

By acting systematically within the themes of water and local communities, we aim to accumulate valuable, transferrable knowledge and to establish a wide network of engaged stakeholders. It will be a space of mutual support and inspiration to foster single small projects and infuse a sense of purpose that, like water, reaches beyond any geographical restraint.

How


How


We value your contribution, and we will follow the project closely to assure that your gift will only serve the purpose of the initiative that is dear to you.

We scout new projects personally and select initiatives that are in line with our stated aims and values.

We are committed to our projects through every stage of their development. We analyse, support, monitor and report to you on all the relevant steps. Thanks to our direct engagement, your donation will not be wasted on middlemen or overheads: it will go straight from us to the project you believe in.

By acting systematically within the themes of water and local communities, we aim to accumulate valuable, transferrable knowledge and to establish a wide network of engaged stakeholders. It will be a space of mutual support and inspiration to foster single small projects and infuse a sense of purpose that, like water, reaches beyond any geographical restraint.

What


In 2021, we are sponsoring I AM WATER Ocean Conservation, a South African Charity committed to marine conservation through transformational ocean experiences. I AM WATER works with low income young people who, despite living walking distance from the shoreline, have never seen the underwater world. This charity’s mission is to foster physical and emotional connections with marine environments.

This year, I AM WATER is launching the Oceans For All Alliance (OFAA) project, which aims to train like-minded organisations around the world on its ethos, environmental educational content, child protection policy, methodology and operations. We are proud to grant funds to an initiative that wants to build a global network of Ocean Guardians.

What


In 2021, we are sponsoring I AM WATER Ocean Conservation, a South African Charity committed to marine conservation through transformational ocean experiences. I AM WATER works with low income young people who, despite living walking distance from the shoreline, have never seen the underwater world. This charity’s mission is to foster physical and emotional connections with marine environments.

This year, I AM WATER is launching the Oceans For All Alliance (OFAA) project, which aims to train like-minded organisations around the world on its ethos, environmental educational content, child protection policy, methodology and operations. We are proud to grant funds to an initiative that wants to build a global network of Ocean Guardians.

Domenico Iuliano and Paola RigamontiFounders:
As true Italians, Paola and Domenico have grown up with a strong attachment to the sea. This love for the sea has inspired them to start this new adventure, Once A Year, a foundation dedicated to the world’s oceans and their people. Besides their passion for the sea, Paola is interested in the arts and health food, while Domenico spends his time exploring numbers.

Who


Who


Domenico Iuliano and Paola RigamontiFounders:
As true Italians, Paola and Domenico have grown up with a strong attachment to the sea. This love for the sea has inspired them to start this new adventure, Once A Year, a foundation dedicated to the world’s oceans and their people. Besides their passion for the sea, Paola is interested in the arts and health food, while Domenico spends his time exploring numbers.

Who


Mirta LorenziniProject Manager: Mirta has a background in business and has spent 5 years working in the health and security sector. She joined Once a Year’s team driven by her passion for social and environmental sustainability and her desire to make an impact. She is excited to make use of her studies in sustainability and CSR to spread love and care for the ocean.

Who


Mirta LorenziniProject Manager: Mirta has a background in business and has spent 5 years working in the health and security sector. She joined Once a Year’s team driven by her passion for social and environmental sustainability and her desire to make an impact. She is excited to make use of her studies in sustainability and CSR to spread love and care for the ocean.