Promotion of philanthropy

Advocating for generosity without Border (2024-2025)

Following the successful launch of the online cross-border giving page, FEDORA and Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) are collaborating again together with the support of the King Baudouin Foundation to continue efforts to improve the promotion of cross-border generosity in Europe and the beyond in the cultural sector. Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is co-financing this initiative which will make technical improvements to the online cross-border giving platform and better communication to promote cross-border philanthropy. This project is all the more important as it will serve as a basis and additional springboard for the promotion of a single philanthropy market.

European Online Giving Platform (2018-2022)

A European digital platform for cross-border giving was launched on Monday, June 29, 2020. An innovative pilot project that aims to facilitate donations and stimulate philanthropy in Europe.

The associative sector has been marked by profound changes in recent years, driving it to reinvent itself. Today, digitalization represents both a major lever for NGO fundraising and a major challenge for the generosity sector.

Thanks to this easy-to-use solution, individuals and companies can make online donations to the causes and organizations of their choice in Europe, while benefiting from tax advantages in their country of residence, within a secure legal and fiscal framework. This interdisciplinary private-public digital project is co-developed by Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) in collaboration with FEDORA and Common Goal, and with the support of the King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels. The Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is co-financing this initiative alongside the European Union’s Creative Europe Program. This is a major and unprecedented step forward for the generosity sector in Europe.

Single Market Philanthropy (2024)

Swiss Philanthropy Foundation co-finances the Single Market Philanthropy initiative aimed at establishing an overview enabling a single market for philanthropy in the EU, supported by the King Baudouin Foundation. This research work will provide an overview of the registration processes for charitable organisations in each EU member country.

There is growing interest in cross-border donations, as shown by the latest figures from the Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) network. Support for international causes and foreign charities has gained ground among individuals, businesses and organizations in Europe and around the world. Unfortunately, some EU members do not yet offer attractive conditions for donors who want to support beneficiaries in other member states. The Single Market for Philanthropy research aims to align philanthropy with the regulation of the free movement of capital.

Survey on the Generosity of the Swiss abroad (2023)

Swiss Philanthropy Foundation and the Organization of the Swiss Abroad (OSA), SwissCommunity commissioned gfs.bern to conduct a survey to better understand the generosity of Swiss abroad. The focus was on individual values and the link with Switzerland, but also on giving behaviors and motivations.

The 2019 federal elections and subsequent analyses showed that the voting behavior of Swiss abroad goes beyond the left-right divide and is based more on a deep attachment to Switzerland, nurtured by values, ethics and morals. This observation prompted the two organizations to explore whether the bond between Swiss abroad and Switzerland also translates into a commitment to the community, through financial donations, in kind, in time or in knowledge.

A total of 2,583 Swiss abroad living in 123 countries around the world took part in the survey between June 26 and July 26, 2023.

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Be Philanthropy (2023)

Be Philanthropy was held on April 27, 2023 in Brussels as a major event organized by the King Baudouin Foundation to promote philanthropy, reflect on its societal role, its recent evolution and inspire Belgian and European philanthropists in their commitment.

Two members of our team took part, including Sabrina Grassi who moderated a session entitled “Philanthropy consulting in 2023”. Indeed, as a host foundation, we are in regular contact with various intermediaries such as lawyers, notaries, family officers and philanthropic advisors. This session provided an opportunity to consider the specific role and added value of these intermediaries in supporting philanthropists, and how they can meet their expectations and respond to current challenges.

Spring of Philanthropy (2017)

The Spring of Philanthropy is the precursor event of Be Philanthropy which was held in 2017 in Belgium. It was an initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation, supported by the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, to promote philanthropy in our society. Major themes in philanthropy were addressed, with the aim of highlighting innovative ideas and new practices capable of inspiring philanthropists in the way they engage with and tackle societal issues, on a local, national, European or international scale.