4 October  | 3 - 4 pm | Building Bridges 2023 | « Foundations' Assets Management: Performance & Benchmarking », co-organised with SwissFoundations

Format: In person event 

Venue: Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG), Room A

With the participation of:

  • Cyril Berner, Managing Consultant, PPC Metrics
  • Prof. Rajna Gibson, Professor of Finance, Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI), UNIGE
  • Guillaume Taylor, President of the Executive Committee, Fondation Montagu
  • Vincent Kaufmann, CEO, Ethos Fondation
  • Moderator: Prof. Tony Berrada, Professor of Finance, Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI), UNIGE

Join us at Building Bridges to discuss the financing potential of foundations for the SDGs!

The assets of foundations in Switzerland represent CHF 140 billion. Nowadays, an active commitment to responsible investment becomes a principle of good governance. This session will explore ways to strike the right balance between financial performance and mission alignment.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the role of foundations with stakeholders from the philanthropic, academic and financial world.

Building Bridges is much more than an event, it will offer opportunities to dialogue with more than 100 organizations and actors from the finance industry, academia, NGOs, governments, and the UN. The Building Bridges Village invites attendees to build connections, find new partners, and present their work.

Learn more about the event and register now >>

Find out more about Building Bridges’ 2023 programme >>

11 October | 6.15 - 8 pm | Semaine de la démocratie 2023 | Conference " Célébrer la démocratie - La philanthropie, partenaire de l’engagement démocratique des jeunes ? "

Format: In-person event

Venue: Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID), Maison de la Paix, Auditorium Pictet A2

In collaboration with the Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID), DG DERI, Centre Albert Hirschman (IHEID) and SwissFoundations.


  • Alexandre Epalle, Directeur Général, DG DERI
  • Gopalan Balachandran, Co-Director, Centre Albert Hirschman sur la démocratie
  • Mara De Monte, Directrice Exécutive, Centre en philanthropie, UNIGE


  • Christine Lutringer, Directrice Exécutive, Centre Albert Hirschman sur la démocratie


  • Arnaud Talabardon, Vice-président, Fondation Gandur pour la jeunesse
  • Stéphane Garcia, Responsable, Genève-Débat

6.55 pm | TABLE-RONDE

  • Delphine Bachmann, Conseillère d'Etat, Département de l'économie et de l'emploi (DEE)
  • Lara Atassi, Députée au Grand Conseil de Genève
  • Flurina Wäspi, Responsable démocratie, Fondation Mercator Suisse

7.55 pm | CONCLUSION

  • Aline Freiburghaus, Co-directrice, SwissFoundations

More information >>

Please register here.

16 october | 6.30 - 7.30 | Presentation "The Role of Empathy in Philanthropy", with Anita Nowak, PhD, Faculty Member of the McGill Executive Institute

Format: In-person

Venue: Room M R060, Uni Mail (Bd du Pont-d’arve 40, 1205 Genève)

6.30-7.30: Talk and Q&A

7.30: Networking cocktail

Empathy has always been essential to philanthropy, but today it matters more than ever. The unprecedented intergenerational transfer of wealth, coupled with a rising tension between generations with respect to values, worldviews, and philanthropic priorities, means that family foundations and non-profit organizations need to center empathy in their work. Informed by neuroscience and positive psychology, Anita Nowak will discuss her Purposeful Empathy framework as a tool to help tackle today's most pressing social and environmental challenges, and describe a powerful six-step practice to become a more empathic leader.

Event organized by Mc Gill Alumni Association and the Diploma of Advanced Study in Philanthropy, in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy and Le Cercle de la Philanthropie.

Free event but registration is mandatory.  Registration here >>

18 October | 5-6.15 pm | Antenne Romande: Philanthropie, ONGs et Digitalisation - Défis, Risques et Cybersécurité, co-hosted by Profonds and the CyberPeace Institute

Format: In-person

Venue: IMPACT HUB, Rue Fendt 1, 1201 Genève

With the participation of:

  • Vincent Pfammatter, Attorney-at-law, LL.M., Sigma Legal SA & Academic Fellow of the GCP
  • Fabien Leimgruber, Senior Programme Manager, CyberPeace Institute

Registration and more information available  here >>

19 October | 12.15 - 1.15 pm | Rencontres MIA 2023-2024 | Virtual Reality as a Tool for Fundraising


Format: In-person, room Rachel Carson

Venue: MIA, Rue des Savoises 15, 1205 Genève

With the participation of:

  • Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio, holder of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Chair in Behavioural Ohilanthropy, GSEM

More information coming soon >>

20 October | 11 am – 12.30 pm | Conference “The Nature of Compassion” as part of the Warwick-Geneva-Leipzig Interdepartmental Workshop

Format: In-person event, accessible to all, without registration.

Venue: UNIGE (to be confirmed).

More information coming soon >>

31 October | 10 – 11 am | European Research Network On Philanthropy (ERNOP) Online Series 2023-2024 Webinar

Unlocking Cross-Border Philanthropy: Navigating Tax Complexities

Format: Online

With the participation of:

  • Dr. Giedre Lideikyte-Huber, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law

More information coming soon >>

23 November | 12.15 - 2 pm | Philanthropy Lunch "Corporate philanthropy through corporate foundations – opportunities and challenges"

Format: In-person & Zoom

Venue: Room 408, Uni-Dufour


  • Prof. Henry Peter, Head, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy


  • Prof. Tina Ambos, Professor of International Management, GSEM, UNIGE
  • Ane Casajús Burutaran, PhD Candidate and Teaching assistant, GSEM, UNIGE


  • Cynthia Hansen, Managing Director, Innovation Foundation
  • Grégory Renand, Head, Z Zurich Foundation

Panel moderated by

  • Prof. Tina Ambos, Professor of International Management, GSEM, UNIGE


Registration here >>

23 November | 8.30 am - 6.30 pm | Swiss Impact Forum, Unlocking the Agenda 2030 - Em:Powering Impactful Change, organised by B Lab

Format: In-person

Venue: Eventfabrik Bern, 3012

Keynote speech by:

  • Prof. Giulia Neri-Castracane, Professor of Law, UNIGE

Registration here >>

29 November | 3 - 6 pm | Philanthropy Series | Data-driven philanthropy, hosted by Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Chair in Behavioural Philanthropy

Format: In-person

Venue: Room 408, Uni-Dufour

Seminar: Data science for philanthropy – Swiss Solidarity case study, followed by practical workshops

With the participation of:

  • Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio, holder of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Chair in Behavioural Philanthropy, GSEM
  • Dr. Lucia Gomez, Behavioural Philanthropy Lab, Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI), GSEM
  • Nisa Thomas, BSc in Computer Science, UNIGE


More information coming soon >>

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