DAS Philanthropy 2021

The philanthropic sector is evolving rapidly in an increasingly complex world. This interdisciplinary course merges traditional approaches to philanthropy with unconventional perspectives. You will acquire state-of-the-art knowledge, models and best practices to successfully achieve your goals.



September 2021 - August 2022
34 ECTS credits
176 Teaching hours
80 Distance teaching hours
256 hours of teaching, 534 hours of personal work, 50 hours for final project




Blended learning


Giuseppe Ugazio, Daniele Castle, or Laetitia Gill


Uni Mail


Early bird deadline

30 April 2021

Registration deadline

31 May 2021


DAS: CHF 14'000.-

Single module: CHF 2000.- (2 ECTS credits) / CHF 3000.- (3 ECTS credits)

Early bird: 10% reduction


  • Understand philanthropy from a systemic perspective
  • Become equipped to master the complex, multifaceted context of contemporary Swiss and international philanthropy
  • Learn about the principles, best practices and key strategic elements to set up and run a structured and professional philanthropic organization

Learning outcomes

At the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Understand and master the knowledge of conceptual philanthropy frameworks as well as differences between private and corporate philanthropy
  • Use strategic and operational tools within their own professional philanthropic fields and evaluate their results
  • Understand operational imperatives of philanthropy to successfully put them into practice with particular attention to the SDGs
  • Develop a philanthropic strategy in line with their organisation’s mission and general objectives
  • Know how to operationalise a strategy from the selection and contracting of projects, through monitoring to the evaluation results
  • Develop skills needed to successfully develop partnerships, with both the public and private sector as well as the essentials of fundraising and fund management
  • Understand both funding and funder sides of philanthropy


Modules 1-6: CAS Strategic philanthropy

  • Module 1: Introduction to philanthropy and social investment
  • Module 2: Defining the purpose and mission of a Philanthropic Organization
  • Module 3: Leadership and Diversity
  • Module 4: Strategy, best practices, theory of change and Impact measurement
  • Module 5: Selecting and Managing philanthropic projects
  • Module 6: Legal imperatives and Tax benefits for philanthropic organisations, Accountability

Modules 7-12: CAS Operational philanthropy

  • Module 7: Staffing and outsourcing in Philanthropy
  • Module 8: Philanthropic Financial Management and Accountability
  • Module 9: Interacting with regional philanthropic realities 
  • Module 10: Partnership Development and fund management 
  • Module 11: Effective Communication and Negotiation
  • Module 12: Philanthropy, Technology, and Innovation for the SDGs


Prof. Giuseppe UGAZIO, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) and Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI); Laetitia GILL, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy (GCP); Danièle CASTLE, Genevensis Communications


Benoît MOGET, University of Geneva


Genevensis Communications

Admission criteria

A minimum of three years professional experience is required, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and English proficiency.

Participants without responsibilities in philanthropy may be admitted on the basis of other comparable and relevant experiences:

  • Family office philanthropy managers
  • Managers in philanthropic giving organisations
  • Managers in organisation who receive philanthropic giving
  • Project managers
  • Operational and strategic foundation managers
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • People desirous to enter the field of philanthropy
  • Wealth managers interested in integrating philanthropic instruments to their (sustainable) investments portfolios (e.g. blended finance)

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