The Grand Master meets Pope Francis

In November 2022, PVBLIC Foundation hosted its annual private meeting with the senior leadership of Scholas Occurrentes and His Holiness Pope Francis, creator and promoter of the foundation, to officially bless and celebrate the Transforming Education Donor Fund’s support of global education projects. The Grand Master of the Order of St Lazarus, HE Don Francisco de Borbón von Hardenberg was present, accompanied by PVBLIC Foundation Executive Chairman, Sergio Fernández de Córdova de Veyga, and PVBLIC Foundation President Stephen Keppel.

The meeting at the Vatican discussed creating a partnership across the five continents and 43 countries where the Order of Saint Lazarus is currently active to support the global education programs of the Scholas Occurrentes Foundation and PVBLIC Foundation via the Transforming Education Donor Fund.

Reflecting on the meeting, the Grand Master observed:
Throughout the ages, the Papacy has been enormously significant worldwide. It is a distinct privilege for the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, with its ecumenical character, to be part of this initiative, helping to map out this new global collaboration with the Transforming Education Donor Fund Program. Through this alliance, the Order of Saint Lazarus will address its ongoing obligation to assist disadvantaged people throughout the world. Participating in this ambitious humanitarian project is a privilege but also an enormous responsibility to future generations.


PVBLIC Foundation is an innovative non-profit organization that mobilizes media, data, and technology for sustainable development and social impact around the world. The Foundation connects public, private, and non-profit sectors, plugging innovations into social agendas and helping governments, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations amplify their impact through original programs, creative partnerships, and strategic donor funds. The foundation has managed programs and partnerships that have reached more than a billion people in 125 countries and inspired global action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Scholas Occurrentes Foundation is an international Organization of Pontifical Right present in 190 countries. Since its inception in Argentina, Scholas has developed a global presence integrating more than 400 thousand educational centres and reaching more than one million children and young people around the world. Its mission is to answer the call to create a culture of encounter and bring young people together in an education that generates meaning.

PVBLIC Foundation has been collaborating with Scholas Occurrentes since 2019, managing the Transforming Education Donor Fund program bringing together heads of global Family Offices to educate, engage and activate across select opportunities.

Transforming Education Donor Fund is a joint partnership that raises funding to support Scholas’s educational programs around the world. It aims to combine art, sports and technology in order to promote culture through education, bringing together global agendas and empathy among humans to build a better tomorrow, starting with our youth. The Education Transformation Fund is a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) that can be supported with any asset contribution – cash, stock, or other assets. The Transforming Education Donor Fund was created and is governed by Scholas Occurrentes Foundation and PVBLIC Foundation.