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The Conference « Taxation and philanthropy » is an international academic event organised by the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy of the University of Geneva (“GCP”), which takes place on 25, 26 and 27 November 2020. The Conference provides a forum for experts from around the world to discuss and exchange knowledge and policy insights on the tax aspects of charitable giving.

On 26 November 2020, Mr. Pascal Saint-Amans, the Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD, delivered a keynote speech, presenting the OECD's policy Report on taxation and philanthropy resulting from the research project launched jointly with the GCP in September 2019.  Watch the online conference >>

This Conference is a part of a pioneer four-year project in Switzerland that seeks to study tax mechanisms related to philanthropy and has received funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Following the Conference, we will edit a peer-reviewed open-access publication "Routledge Handbook of Taxation and Philanthropy". The handbook will contain several conference papers selected by the editors.

The Concept Paper of the Conference describing the principal research questions can be downloaded here.




The Conference is an online event

Time indicated is Swiss time


DAY 1 - 25 November 2020




1pm – 3pm: Are tax incentives for philanthropy justified?


DAY 2 - 26 November 2020



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11am – 1.30pm: Scientific workshop for junior scholars




2pm – 3.30pm: Cross-border philanthropy and tax barriers: should they be eliminated?




6.15pm: Welcome by Prof. Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University

Prize ceremony for the best papers, Fondation Lombard Odier Prize for Academic Excellence in Philanthropy

Awarded by Mr. Patrick Odier, Chairman of Fondation Lombard Odier, Chairman of the Jury and Dr. Maximilian Martin, Secretary-General of Fondation Lombard Odier


6.30pm: Keynote speech by Mr. Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

Q&A session moderated by Prof. Henry Peter, Head of the GCP, and Dr. Giedre Lideikyte Huber, Senior Research Associate (GCP)


7.30pm: Closing by Prof. Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University



DAY 3 - 27 November 2020


WORKSHOPS n°4 and n°2


1pm – 3pm: Workshop 4: What is the role of tax incentives in corporate philanthropy and social entrepreneurship?


4pm – 6pm: Workshop 2: Which types of tax incentives for philanthropic activities are conceivable and what is their respective efficiency?



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