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Corporate Foundations

Der Arbeitskreis Corporate Foundations wird von den Mitgliedern im Rotationsprinzip geleitet. Aktueller Ansprechpartner ist Stefan Rissi, Geschäftsführer JTI Foundation. Der Arbeitskreis Corporate Foundations wird in Englisch geführt.

Mitglieder von SwissFoundations können sich im Mitgliederforum für die verschiedenen Anlässe anmelden. Im Forum sind auch alle weiterführenden Unterlagen wie Programm, Präsentationen, Informationen aufgeschaltet.

Treffen & Workshops:

21. November 2017 -
Rüschlikon / ZH


November 21/22, 2017 | Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue, Rüschlikon/Zurich

On 21 and 22 November 2017, corporate foundations from across Europe met in the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon. Representatives from approximately 100 foundations came together at this, the second meeting of corporate foundations under the auspices of SwissFoundations, the association of Swiss grant-making foundations, and DAFNE, the European network of national donor and foundation associations. The objective - to exchange knowledge and best practices in an exclusive framework and to discuss challenging issues - was met with flying colours. Special attention was given to the relationship between the foundations and their founding companies as this influences the commitment of the foundations as regards current challenges.

7. November 2019 -
1208 Genève

While 1% of donations are for peace, a far higher percentage of philanthropic work takes place in societies that experience deep social divisions or even open violence. Foundations can make a big difference in those contexts but also need to navigate complex local dynamics. Whatever the primary purpose of your philanthropic work, how can you understand the local context and best adapt to it, particularly in high-risk environments?

5. September 2018 -
8001 Zürich


However corporate foundations might vary in their governance, structure, and focus areas, some common challenges remain, and are a particular to them being tied to a for-profit corporation. This Swissfoundation‘s working group provides a platform for a constructive and open dialogue amongst this group of charitable foundations. As a special guest, we have invited the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) to provide an insight into their work with European corporate foundations.

30. Juni 2017 -
8008 Zurich


On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. They build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty, to protect the planet and to ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The workshop invites participants to discuss how SDGs can lead their strategies and activities s and what impact they potentially could have. Open exclusively to SwissFoundations members and invited guests.

5. Dezember 2016 -
Fontainebleau, France


The first European Corporate Foundations Knowledge Exchange is taking place on December 5/6 2016 at INSEAD in Fontainebleau near Paris. Organized by DAFNE and the Centre français des fonds et fondations, this two days event will bring together for the first time Corporate Foundations from all across Europe to share their experiences and learn about effective practices. The conferences and debates will explore many fascinating subjects such as the relationship between Corporate Foundations and their funding corporation and how this relates to their structure of governance, their mission, and their practice. It will focus on developments and trends that are transforming the work and impact of Corporate Foundations towards more innovation.

11. April 2016 -
4056 Basel


In this interactive session we will explore how Corporate Foundations can be smart about impact measurement, and use it to better achieve their overall goal – to support the public good.

The roundtable will be held in English and is for executives of SF members as well as nonmembers (on invitation only).

21. September 2015 -
8001 Zürich


The next Come-together of Corporate Foundations will take place on Monday, September 21, 2015 and will be hosted by UBS Stiftung für Soziales und Ausbildung. This workshop will address the theme "Pros and cons of employee engagement - How corporate foundations communicate and work with employees" with the help of live cases. Invited are all Corporate Foundations who are members of SwissFoundations as well as non-members (on invitation only). Non-members can register by e-mail:

16. Januar 2015 -
1227 Carouge


An increasing number of corporations have set up their own foundations in recent years. The roundtable of SwissFoundations for corporate foundations offers for the first time a come together of representatives of corporate foundations and intends to stimulate a fruitful discussion amongst colleagues.

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