CAS Effective Grant-Making and Management




Program duration

September 2019 - March 2020

Registration deadline

30 May 2019
10% discount will be applied to full course registrations until 15th April


18 ECTS credits
144 Teaching hours
Modules can be followed individually


  • CAS: CHF 7'900.-
  • Individual module: CHF 1'800.-


University of Geneva


Prof. Tina AMBOS, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva and Dr. Thomas STAUFFER, Programme Manager, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO


Maud BACHELET, Université de Genève


+41(0)22 379 86 12

SWISS FOUNDATIONS SYMPOSIUM — 21 mai 2019, 09:00 — 22 mai 2019, 17:00

Dr. Stauffer, Co-director of the Programme Effective Grant-making and Mangement, will attend the Swiss Fondations Symposium. Should you want to meet with him there, please register here 


  • Gain a solid understanding of the complex and multifaceted context of contemporary grant-making
  • Master the full grant-making cycle at program and project level from strategy to ex-post evaluation
  • Analyse the current best practices of public agencies, international organisations and philanthropic foundations
  • Explore the drivers of innovation and new approaches in grant-making
  • Hone your grant-making skills through state-of-the-art case studies


Professional looking to strengthen and develop his grant-making skills in international cooperation and philanthropy, or looking to make a career change


6 modules:

  • Mapping the Grant-Making Landscape: Global Goals, Philanthropy & Impact Orientation
  • The Grant-Making Cycle I: from Strategy to the Grant
  • The Grant-Making CycleII: Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Towards New Frontiers: Philanthropy and Innovative Grant-Making
  • Case Studies: Social Impact Incentives, Smart Impact Measurement & Social Investment
  • Elective Module


With the support of the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy, University of Geneva
The Certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in Effective Grant-making & Management recognizes that the objectives and practices of public and private grant makers are increasingly interconnected. It meets the demand by grant-making professionals for an academically rigorous and practically sound course that enables them to deliver, innovate and have an impact.




Dr Thomas Stauffer, Programme Manager, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO


This first module emphasises the synergies that can be realised through the cooperation of different grant-making actors in terms of mobilisation, effectiveness and impact, with a particular focus on the contribution by philanthropic foundations. It will also address the role of overarching objectives, like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and the proper choice of grant-making instruments together with other fundamentals of grant-making as well as an overview of the grant-making cycle.




Mr Lionel Giron, Program coordinator Himalaya, Helvetas


This module covers the first stages of the grant-making cycle from the development of a programme strategy to the selection of grantees and projects as well as the contracting of grants. In particular, it addresses methodologies for strategy development and programme design, the management of 'calls for projects` and contracting.




Covering the later stages of the grant-making cycle, this module looks into the monitoring of grants as well as implementation problems. It concludes with the closure of the grant-making cycle through evaluation. In addition to covering different approaches and methods used in monitoring and evaluations, this module also considers how grantees may be supported and linked-up.




Ms Karin Jestin, former Head of philanthropy, Lombard Odier, and consultant


The focus of this module is on best practices and innovative approaches in grant-making. It looks at the drivers of innovation, both at the level of actors and approaches. This module features a mini-conference, where participants have the opportunity to meet leaders in grant-making from philanthropy and international development.




Mr Bjoern Struewer, founder and CEO at Roots of Impact


This capstone module connects the concepts and frameworks acquired in the preceding modules to their practical application. It provides lively exchanges with practitioners from grant-making on the basis of real-world cases in social impact incentives, smart impact measurement or social investment.




In order to customize the programme to each participant’s specific interests and needs, they can select an elective module from a list of relevant modules offered by GSEM Executive (e.g. Effective Communication, Team Leadership,  Sustainable Finance, Risk Management). 


Thursday through Saturday - 8:30 am - 5:30pm

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the grantmaking cycle from a systemic perspective
  • Be able to develop a grantmaking strategy in step with their organisation's mission and general objectives
  • Know how to operationalise a strategy from the selection and contracting of projects, through the monitoring and coaching of grantees to the evaluation results
  • Be familiar with best practices and new developments in grant-making
  • Understand and know how to deal with trade-offs in grant-making
  • Hone your Grant-making skills through state-of-the-art case studies

Pedagogical methods

Each module is subject to an assessment, including one or a combination of the following: in-class exam, classroom presentations, take-home assignments.

Diploma awarded

Participants who pass the assessment requirements and successfully complete all 6 modules will be awarded the Certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in Effective Grant-Making & Management by the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Geneva (18 ECTS credits)
Gain a solid understanding of contemporary grantmaking challenges and learn how to achieve sustainable impact as a grantmaking professional

Admission criteria

  • A university degree and at least 3 years of relevant professional experience (not necessarily in grant-making)
  • Proficiency in English is required

Number of participants

Max. 18 participants

Steering committee

Dr Peter Beez, Head of focal point e+I, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, Mr Peter Brey, Director, Fondation Leenaards, Dr Claudia Genier, Deputy Director, Swiss Foundations, Prof. Henry Peter, Director, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy, University of Geneva, Ms Luiza Silva, Director, UNDP Office in Geneva, Prof. Tina Ambos, Director, Institute of Management GSEM, University of Geneva, Prof. Thomas Straub, Vice-Dean GSEM, University of Geneva, Dr Thomas Stauffer, Programme Manager State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, Co-Director of CAS Effective Grant-Making & Management.

Detailed fees

CAS: CHF 7'900.-
Individual module: CHF 1'800.-

Grant-making is a complex activity and to maximize their impact, professionals need to get specific skills and expertise. The CAS in Effective Grant-Making & Management will offer concrete tools to respond to major societal challenges. I very much welcome this initiative, which is at the interface between philanthropy and development cooperation. I look forward to hearing about the first outcomes of this highly promising programme.

Peter Brey, Executive Director, Fondation Leenaards and Vice-president, SwissFoundations

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