The Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA (PSF–US) was established in 2008 as a not-for-profit organisation (501.c.3) headquartered in New York. The President of the Foundation is Mario Calvo-Platero, who heads up the US office of Il Sole 24 Ore, while the Board of Directors includes Maria Manetti Shrem, Cristina Acidini and Laudomia Pucci.
The PSF–US was established to support Palazzo Strozzi and Florence in the United States in every possible way, making the most of the exceptional US tax regime which offers important tax incentives to private philanthropists. Contributions from the United States help fund initiatives and exhibitions organised by Palazzo Strozzi, such as the Americans in Florence exhibition in 2012. Two special initiatives are designed to raise public awareness in the States. The first is the “Palazzo Strozzi High School Renaissance Award”, which brings underprivileged high school students to Italy every summer. The second is the “Renaissance Man or Woman of the Year Award”, which is awarded to those who embody the Renaissance values of enlightened patronage and support for culture. The first two winners were Ted Turner, founder of CNN, and Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, President of the African Union. The 2013 award was won by visionary American philanthropist and collector Leonard Lauder, who received the award in the course of an official ceremony held in the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio in autumn 2014. Both programmes, now in their third year, help to focus international attention and support on Palazzo Strozzi, Florence and Tuscany.