Past events


Watch GCP CONFERENCES and seminar in 2023

Click here to watch the videos of all the Philanthropy Lunches since the creation of the Center !

29 November 2023 | 3 - 6 pm | Philanthropy Series | Data-driven philanthropy, hosted by Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Chair in Behavioural Philanthropy

Format: In-person and via Zoom (only for the first part)

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


The power point presentation of the event is available !

23 November 2023 | 12.15 - 1.45 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


The power point presentation of the event is available !

23 November 2023 | 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

31 October 2023 | 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

For more information, click here.

20 October 2023 | 11 am – 12.30 pm | Conference “The Nature of Compassion” as part of the Warwick-Geneva-Leipzig Interdepartmental Workshop

Format: In-person event.

Venue: Espace Colladon, Rue Jean-Daniel-Colladon 2

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

Format: In-person, room Gandhi & via Zoom

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

18 October 2023 | 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

More information available  here >>

16 octobre 2023 | 18h30 - 19h30 | 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)

18h30 - 19h30: Talk and Q&A

19h30: 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.

11 October 2023 | 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

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4 October  2023 | 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

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  explored the ways to strike the right balance between financial performance and mission alignment.

Find out more about Building Bridges’ 2023 programme >>

💻 The video of the event is available here !

21 September 2023 | Symposium des fondations suisses 2023 « Brave New Philanthropy », organised by SwissFoundations

Format: In-person event

Venue: Forum Fribourg

3 - 4.10 pm | Workshop « Un logiciel informatique peut-il soutenir le Conseil de fondation ? »

With the participation of:

  • Dr Aline Kratz-Ulmer, Attorney at Law & Academic Fellow of the GCP
  • Dominique Favre, Director, BVG and Foundations Supervisory Authority of Western Switzerland (As-So)
  • Jean Pirrotta, Director, Cantonal Supervisory Authority for Foundations and Pension Funds (ASFIP Genève)
  • Nils Güggi, Head of the Swiss Federal Supervisory Authority for Foundations (ASF)

19 September 2023 | 6 ème édition des assises de la philanthropie

Format : In-person event

Venue : Amphithéâtre Duclaux, Institut Pasteur, Paris

3.10 – 3.45 pm | Rôle et enjeux économiques des fondations

  • Delphine Bottge, Lawyer, Funder of Purpose Lawyers & Academic Fellow of the GCP
  • Lasse Horne Kjældgaard, Director of the Fondation Carlsberg

13 September 2023 | 10.15 am - 5 pm | Seminar Beste Stiftungsratspraxis XI | Stiftungen in Bewegung

Format : In-person and via live-stream

Venue: Lake Side, Bellerivestrasse 170, 8008 Zürich

3.30 - 4 pm | Evergreen oder Spending Down? Zur Verbrauchsstiftung

  • Dr. Aline Kratz-Ulmer, Lawyer and Academic Fellow of the GCP

28-30 June 2023 | European Research Network On Philanthropy (ERNOP) - 11th  International Conference

Philanthropy and crises - roles and functioning of philanthropy in times of societal upheavals


Pre-conference ‘Safe Spaces’ & PhD Workshop: 28th June, 2023

Main Conference: 29-30th June, 2023


University of Zagreb, Svetošimunska Cesta 23, Zagreb, Croatia.

Take a glimpse at the programme !

Sessions include :

ERNOP 2023 pre-conference event: Safe spaces for philanthropy

Diversity & Inclusion

ERNOP 2023 11th International Conference: Philanthropy and crises

The war in Ukraine, volunteers and non-profit organizations: impact of the martial law and the related new regulatory requirements

The SDG-Partnerships Connectome: Multimodal AI empowers the Philanthropy of the Future

  • Moderator: Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio (University of Geneva)
  • Participants: Maria Tudor (University of Geneva), Dr. Lucia Gomez (University of Geneva), Julia Litofcenko (Vienna University of Economics and Business) & Sevda Kilicalp (Philanthropy Europe Assocation)

Investigation of interpersonal-affective motivation in prosocial behavior
Teerawat Monnor (University of Geneva), Kerstin Preuschoff (University of Geneva) & Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio (University of Geneva)

Social enterprises law: current situation and next steps

Public perceptions of novel philanthropic actors - the case of B Corps
Maria Tudor (University of Geneva), Ursa Bernardic (ETH Zurich), Nina Sooter (University of Geneva) & Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio (University of Geneva)

Enabling and defending the space for cross-border philanthropy

Big Data-driven predictive framework for Charitable Giving
Paulo Da Mata Carneiro (University of Geneva), Dr. Lucia Gomez (University of Geneva) & Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio (University of Geneva)

To learn more about the pre-conference Safe Spaces for Philanthropy programme (June 28th) and conference programme (June 29th-30th).

Register here !

8 June 2023 | WEBINAR «The role of charities and business entities in the restoration of Ukraine», in collaboration with Academician F. H. Burchak Scientific-Research Institute of Private Law and Entrepreneurship, Ukraine

💻 The video recording is available here !

4 May 2023 | WEBINAR – Continuing education | Overview of continuing education opportunities related to philanthropy and the non-for-profit sector in Switzerland, in collaboration with SwissFoundations and proFonds

Philanthropy and non-profit activities are becoming increasingly important and more professional, with a growing number of actors and trainings offered in the field. The offer varies targeting practitioners, managers, newcomers to the field, intermediaries (lawyers and wealth managers amongst others) and board members. However, it is not always easy to select the most suitable programme, including continuing education courses.

The objectives of this webinar were to provide an overview of today’s offer in Switzerland, presenting three courses, as well as providing some practical guidance.


Moderated by Aline Freiburghaus, Co-director, SwissFoundations

CONCLUSION – Vincent Pfammatter, Attorney-at-law, Partner, sigma legal, Board member ProFonds, Academic fellow GCP

Click here to watch the webinar !

27 April 2023 | Conférence-débat « Donner ou se donner ? Le sens religieux du don »

En collaboration avec l'Institut romand de systématique et d’éthique (IRSE), la conférence-débat a vu la participation de:

  • Matthieu Ricard, moine bouddhiste, humanitaire, auteur et photographe
  • Haïm Korsia, Grand Rabbin de France
  • Metin Arditi, homme de Lettres
  • Modération : Prof. François Dermange, Faculté de théologie, UNIGE

Click here to watch the video of the conference !

17 April 2023 | Conérence "Cultural Heritage Preservation and the Law" Washington University, St. Louis School of Law

Speaker: Dr. Anne-Laure Bandle

5 April 2023 | Modifications législatives 2023: des nouveautés concernent les associations et fondations

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14 March 2023 | Storytelling For Social Change”, hosted by FIFDH Impact Days, in partnership with the StoryBoard Collective

Storytelling For Social Change: How can documentaries amplify the impact of philanthropy?

  • Laura Longobardi, Head of Impact and Industry, FIFDH
  • Cara Mertes, Founder and Director, IRIS
  • Impact Case Study “Shadow Game
    • Els van Driel, Co-Director, “Shadow Game” and “Mind Game”
    • SK - film participant “Shadow Game” and Co-Director “Mind Game”
    • Patricia Finneran, Impact Fund Officer, The StoryBoard Collective
  • Mara De Monte, Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy
  • David Rimer, F(o)under, The StoryBoard Collective

For more information on the events organised by Impact Days, please click here. You can also contact them via: ImpactDays(at)

1 March 2023 | Conférence: « Un an de guerre en Ukraine – les défis de la pratique humanitaire »

  • Miren Bengoa, Directrice, Chaîne du Bonheur
  • Tasha Rumley, Responsable de l’Aide humanitaire, Chaîne du Bonheur
  • Carin Salerno, Cheffe de la section Europe de l'Est, Division MENA-Europe, Direction du développement et de la coopération (DDC), Département fédéral des affaires étrangères (DFAE)
  • Julia Grignon, Directrice scientifique de l’Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’École Militaire (IRSEM)
  • Matteo Cavalieri, Donetsk Area Manager, Swiss Church Aid HEKS
  • Modération: Dr. Valérie Gorin, Responsable de formation au Centre d’étude humanitaire de Genève

The presentation and the video of the conference are now online !

23 February 2023 | « Les arts en soutien à l'éducation des droits humains - Actions philanthropiques pour une approche positive des intimités »

En partenariat avec le Centre Maurice Chalumeau en sciences des sexualités de l’Université de Genève et la Chaire UNESCO Santé sexuelle & Droits humains

  • Arnaud Franceschi, Directeur de la Caisse de Crédit Mutuel des Professions de Santé de Paris et Ile-de-France
  • Prof. Thierry Troussier, Professeur titulaire de la Chaire UNESCO Santé sexuelle & Droits humains
  • Prof. Henry Peter, Directeur du Centre en philanthropie
  • Mickaël Ouazzani, Directeur de campagne de la Fondation Université Paris Cité
  • Ferdinando Miranda, Directeur exécutif, Centre Maurice Chalumeau en sciences des sexualités de l’Université de Genève
  • Pauline Guex, Chargée de projet
  • Joëlle Mignot, Psychologue clinicienne, sexologue, membre du Comité exécutif de la Chaire UNESCO Santé sexuelle & Droits humains
  • Jean-Victor Blanc, Médecin-psychiatre à l’hôpital Saint-Antoine (AP-HP, Paris), enseignant à Sorbonne Université
  • Modération: Ingrid Geray, avocate, membre du Comité exécutif de la Chaire UNESCO Santé sexuelle & Droits humains.

Cliquez ici pour regarder la vidéo sur Le rôle de la philanthropie et des arts pour construire le monde de demain, avec Henry Peter, Professeur ordinaire, Directeur du Centre !

Cliquez ici pour visioner toutes les vidéos en lien avec Les arts en soutien à l’éducation des droits humains.

Pour plus d'informations, veuillez consulter le site internet du Centre Maurice Chalumeau en Sciences des Sexualités (CMCSS).

23 February 2023 | ISTR Book Club - For-Profit Philanthropy

  • Prof. Steven A. Dean and Prof. Dana Brakman Reiser presented their book, entitled "For-Profit Philanthropy"
  • Moderator: Dr. Giedre Lideikyte Huber, Senior lecturer (Tax), Faculty of Law, UNIGE

21 February 2023 | Seminar series “Wealth Management: Private Foundations – Comparative Perspective

  • Speaker: Mr Vincent Pfammatter LL.M., Attorney-at-law (sigma legal Ltd), Academic Fellow at the Geneva Center for Philanthropy

More information >>

9 February 2023 | Philanthropy Lunch « Dettes et santé, une affaire de dignité »
  • Prof. José Ramirez, Professeur d'économie, Haute école de gestion de Genève
  • Johanna Velletri, Directrice, Fondation genevoise de Désendettement
  • Prof. David Sander, Directeur, Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives, UNIGE

Panel modéré par Prof. François Bellanger, Président, Fondation genevoise de Désendettement

La présentation et la vidéo sont désormais disponibles!

27 January 2023 | Evolutions in Collecting Art: Practices and Challenges, Responsible Art Market, artgenève

Moderator: Dr. Anne-Laure Bandle -  “Collectors and Institutions: New Challenges in Philanthropy”