What we do

The Foundation's activities focus on empowering young people worldwide through access to education and creativity. Helping children in need is our main objective. But it was equally important to Sir Peter and the Ustinov family to give young people, over and beyond basic care, the means and opportunities which enable them to take their future into their own hands. We help children all over the world regardless of their social, cultural or ethnic origins. The foundation cooperates and supports carefully selected, experienced and trusted local partners in order to achieve this goal.

Education against poverty and need

The Peter Ustinov Foundation provides help where it is most needed: it supports street children and orphans, children who are socially disadvantaged due to poverty or educational deficits and are therefore excluded from society. It provides medical care in some of the poorest regions of the world, ensures the transport to school or simply  adequate nutrition in the affected regions. It offers children an alternative to a life on the street and gives them a perspective for a dignified future life.


Helping young people to develop their creative talent is a heartfelt concern of the Ustinov family which has, itself, brought forth a multitude of famous artists. Therefore, the foundation promotes cultural diversity and the personal development of children by supporting creative projects and enabling children to develop their creative talents. Above all, the foundation seeks to help those who cannot afford to support the creative talents of their children. The foundation implements its own funding concepts together with renowned partners, especially in the areas of film, theatre and opera.


Education is of central importance in all the foundation’s fields of activity. For Sir Peter, it was prerequisite for an open mind, tolerance and mutual respect. Our versatile educational projects give children the chance to go to school on a regular basis, to learn a profession or a craft and to lead a self-determined life. Through education, people in rural areas are made aware of the causes of diseases and the dangers of human trafficking. At the Ustinov College in Durham (England) and at the Sir Peter Ustinov Institute in Vienna, education also stands for the elimination of prejudices and their often-unconscious effects, with scientific research dedicated to this theme.