Promotion of philanthropy

Since 2018, the Verbier Festival Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation have established a strong collaboration by joining forces to jointly develop annual meetings around philanthropy as part of the Verbier Classical Music Festival: the Verbier Festival Philanthropy Forum.

Each year, the Forum’s public debate encourages discussion and exchange on current issues and challenges in philanthropy. The magnificent setting of Verbier, together with the Festival’s global standing and exceptional concerts, provide an ideal environment to reflect on generosity and the commitment that it requires.

2022 Edition

In, 2021 this debate explored ways in which the power of philanthropy can be harnessed for the planet. For the 2022 edition, the discussion centres on How can philanthropy be more impactful in an age of disruption?. The event will take place on Saturday July 23, from 3 to 4:30 pm at the Verbier Cinema. Admission is free with reservation. 

Public Debate

What is philanthropy’s role in a society where incredible challengesthe pandemic, climate change, a war at Europe’s doorstep, to name just a few—force us to question the fundamentals of our living together? Disruptive effects on vital ecosystems—nature, social, health, economy—are poised to be inevitable and irreversible. Despite the collective awareness of the urgency to act, concrete action and real change is slow to be implemented, notwithstanding a number of remarkable initiatives here and there. The 2022 Verbier Philanthropy Forum brings into focus this important topic and explores ways to make philanthropy more impactful in a world of disruption. 


This year’s Forum features four speakers whose unique profiles and commitments are sure to lead to a lively and deep discussion: Maria Cattaui, Global Board Member of the Open Society Foundations; Yves Daccord, former Director of the ICRC and President of the Edgelands Institute; Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust; and Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The panel will be moderated by Etienne Eichenberger, Chairman of the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. 

This edition of the Verbier Festival Philanthropy Forum will be conducted in English. Audience participation and questions are welcome in both English and French. Advance registration at is recommended.

For the first time, the Forum will be streamed live (access upon resgistration), allowing audiences from around the world to be inspired and define ideas for action together. Register for the live stream event.

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To learn more about the previous editions :

2019 Edition

2018 Edition

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