June 2018

Philanthropy Forum, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July in Verbier

The Verbier Festival Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation are joining forces in the framework of the Verbier Festival by launching the Philanthropy Forum initiative.

Through interactive formats that promote exchanges, workshops and roundtables will address the issues and challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s philanthropy with a focus on music.

Among the speakers, we are pleased to welcome:

Jorge Viladoms, a renowned concertist, professor at the Conservatoire de Lausanne and founder of the Crescendo con la Musica Foundation, will participate in the round table on education by presenting the activities of his Foundation, where music can be a solution in difficult environments.

Marina Mahler, Founder of the Mahler Foundation and granddaughter of composer Gustav Mahler, will participate in one of the roundtables that will address issues and challenges related to the transmission of knowledge and values.


Saturday 21 July 21 at 2:00 pm: Music and Philanthropy: an alliance that could change education

Sunday 22 July 22 at 3:30 pm: Generation shift – Sharing Values ​​between generations

To learn more and register






June 2018

Master Class November 2018 – Fondations : nouvelle(s) génération(s)?

In 2018, after 5 editions and nearly 150 participants in Romandie, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation organises the Master Class 2018, together with the Center for Philanthropy Studies of Basel University (CEPS) and in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy of the University of Geneva (UNIGE).


Who should attend?

This training is intended primarily for professionals interacting with foundations in the financial, banking, and legal fields (bankers, notaries and lawyers), managers of foundations (Board members and directors) or individuals, philanthropists, wishing to create a foundation.

Date and place

The course will take place from 12 to 14 November 2018 in Geneva. The schedule and logistical details are available for download here.


To know more

May 2018

Swiss Philanthropy Foundation will discuss the issues of responsible investment for a foundation at the 9th Geneva Forum For Sustainable Investment (GFSI) edition in Geneva, on Thursday 31 May 2018

For this 9th edition, the event will showcase the key players in responsible financial news and present the most innovative solutions to the crucial challenges facing our transition economies. The Geneva Forum for Sustainable Investment (GFSI) is now an essential meeting place in Romandie on the sustainable financial industry.

For the second year in a row, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation joints the event with an interview “Quelle réalité pour les fondations”: Sabrina Grassi, Director of Operations of the Foundation, will be speaking with Delphine Bottge, partner at Bottge & Associés.The moderator of this panel will be Angela de Wolff, co-founder of Sustainable Finance Geneva and founding partner of Conser Invest. This discussion will highlight the challenges and opportunities of implementing responsible finance criteria in the field of philanthropy, illustrated by concrete cases.

As a founding member of Sustainable Finance Geneva and Swiss Sustainable Finance, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is involved in the development of sustainable investments and is sensitive to the “Mission Related Investment” issue which aims to align its values with its investment principles.

To register and participate in the event https://voxia.ch/evenement/gfsi-2018/

April 2018

On tour 2018: Round table on the 10 trends that shape today’s philanthropy

The Center for Philanthropy Studies of the University of Basel (CEPS) and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation are organising a breakfast meeting to discuss the evolution of philanthropy and its practices over the past 10 years.

Moderated by Sacha Sidjanski, the head of external relations of the Faculty of Life Sciences at the EPFL, the speakers will share their views on the evolution of philanthropy, thanks to observations made, both academically and professionally.

To learn more, download the invitation.

This event will be held on Thursday 7 June 2018 at 8:00am at the Impact Hub in Lausanne.

The number of places being limited, we invite you to contact us at contact@swissphilanthropy.ch if you wish to participate.

September 2017

Great! on 11 September 2017: Swiss Philanthropy Foundation celebrates 10 years

On 11 September 2017, the event Great! By Swiss Philanthropy Foundation will take place in Geneva.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation will be distributing 10 “Great!” awards, selected by the Foundation Board to celebrate philanthropy, on 11 September at the end of the day in Geneva. These awards are intended to highlight 10 initiatives in the philanthropic sector, that are sometimes unrecognized. Initiated by individuals, entrepreneurs or foundations they can come from Switzerland or elsewhere. With this project, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation aims to promote philanthropy in its diversity and with its promises, and to inspire those who wish to get involved.

The is an invitation-only event because the number of seats is limited, but you can contact us if you are interested in attending the event or receiving a compilation of the reception.

July 2017

On tour 2017: In Verbier on Friday 28 July

Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is pleased to organize a roundtable on the theme of philanthropy, education and music on Friday 28 July in partnership with the Verbier Festival.
A unique opportunity to bring together different actors involved in the world of culture and philanthropy, including Martin T:son Engstroem, founder and managing director of the Verbier Festival, Hélève Vareille, founder and president of Vareille Foundation, Alexis Gregory founder of the Vendome Prize and Etienne Eichenberger, President of the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, who will address the issue of philanthropy under a wider prism, through its evolutions and professionalization today.
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May 2017

16th Symposium of the Swiss foundations – on 7 June in Geneva

On 7 June 2017, the SwissFoundations association organizes the 16th Symposium of the Swiss foundations, that will take place at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva between 10.15 am and 5.00 pm.

This event, which will take the form of an exchange platform, will gather key actors in the foundation sector in Switzerland. Several interactive discussions and workshops will be organized over the day around a central theme: the value added by foundations to society.

In the context of its commitment to the NewGen Council program, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, Etienne Eichenberger, its President, will facilitate a workshop entitled “The NewGen – What Expectations and What Added Value? “. The purpose of this interactive session is to take the opposite of the popular belief and to focus on what young people bring to philanthropy.

For more information, we invite you to consult Swiss Foundation’s page about this event.

May 2017

On tour 2017: panel discussion on 1st of June 2017 during the GFSI in Geneva

Conser co-organizes the 8th edition of the GENEVA FORUM FOR SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT (GFSI) on 1 June 2017 at the Richemond Hotel. It is the only annual event on sustainable and responsible investment in Geneva. This edition will highlight the key actors of the responsible finance field and will present the tools of traceability or transparency that make today the sustainable “smart”.

Etienne Eichenberger, President of the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, accompanied by Catherine Baud-Lavigne, Deputy Director of the Chaîne du Bonheur, will participate to a conversation on foundations at 2:15 pm.

For more information and to download the program of the forum, we invite you to visit this page.

April 2017

Spring of Philanthropy on 12 May 2017 in Brussels

The Spring of Philanthropy is an event organized by the King Baudouin Foundation, that will take place on 12 May in Brussels. Several sessions are scheduled during the day, with the aim of boosting philanthropy in Europe.
Etienne Eichenberger, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation’s Chairman, will participate to a round table on the various ways to give in the philanthropic field.

For more information or to register to this event, please visit the following page: https://www.kbs-frb.be/en/Activities/Events/2017/BoostphilanthropyinEurope

February 2017

On tour 2017: in Geneva on Tuesday 21 March

In the framework of the events organized in French-speaking Switzerland on the theme “Is philanthropy for you”, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation proposes an original formula: a breakfast animated by a discussion on collaboration between philanthropic foundations for greater impact.

It is through the prism of conversations moderated by Tibère Adler, Director for French-speaking Switzerland at Avenir Suisse, that the idea of working together to achieve larger goals will be addressed. Sabrina Grassi, Administration Manager of Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, will explain how a collaborative sheltered fund works and its advantages. Leslie Harroun, Director of the fund Partners for a New Economy, will explain the leverage effect of such a collaboration to succeed in transforming the current economic system into a sustainable one. Finally, Alexander Barkawi, Founder and Director of the Council on Economic Policies, will tackle the subject from the perspective of the impact created by this kind of collaborative initiatives.

This event will take place on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 8.30 a.m. at the Impact Hub Geneva. The number of seats being limited, we invite you to contact us at the following address contact@swisssphilanthropy.ch if you wish to participate.