Continuing education

“As foundations increasingly adopt best practices, factors like cross-disciplinary research and teaching will be key to the philanthropy sector’s development. The GCP serves as an interface between philanthropic research and practice in the Lake Geneva region and is a key player in this dynamic ecosystem.”

Peter Brey, Director, Fondation Leenaards



NEW - Continuous education - DAS in Philanthropy (CAS in Strategic Philanthropy + CAS in Operational Philanthropy) - September 2021-August 2022

Launched by the GSEM and GFRI, in partnership with the GCP, under the direction of Prof. Ugazio.

This diploma course is aimed at intermediate-level professionals involved in philanthropy in philanthropic organisations based in Switzerland, in corporate philanthropy and family offices, as well as at those who wish to orient their careers in philanthropic organisations.


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

Advisory Board: Helen Alderson, International Committee of the Red Cross, Cheryl Chang, Oak Foundation, Alexandre Epalle, Economic Development, Research, and Innovation of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, Aline Freiburghaus, Swissfoundations, Thierry Renaud, MAVA Foundation and Isabella Ries-Bowman, World Economic Forum.

Take 1 minute to discover this new course in video >>

The DAS in the media:

University of Geneva launches new certifying course in strategic and operational philanthropy, in UN today

Les nouvelles missions de la philanthropie, in 3D Eco

Philanthropy is not only about giving money, in new Special

A new form of philanthropy, in The Philanthropist

Masterclass 2021 - 01-02-03 September 2021

3 jours de formation au Château de Bossey (VD) pour faire le point sur l'évolution récente de la philanthropie et son impact sur les fondations.

En 2021, après 8 éditions et plus de 200 participants en Romandie, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation organise cette Master Class en gestion des fondations, en partenariat avec le Center for Philanthropy Studies Basel (CEPS) et le Centre en philanthropie de l’Université de Genève.

Nombre de places limité à 25 (sélection sur dossier). Les inscriptions pour l'édition 2021 sont complètes. Si l'édition 2022 vous intéresse, vous pouvez d'ores et déjà compléter ce formulaire>>

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SPOC Maîtrise des marchés financiers - 8 février 2021 - 21 juin 2021

En partenariat avec la GSEM et la FER, 4 modules en ligne pour acquérir une connaissance approfondie de la finance des marchés et les nouvelles approches, y compris une introduction à la philanthropie.




Masterclass 2020 - 26-28 August 2020 (in French)

3 days of continuous training to reexamine recent developments in philanthropy and their impact on foundations.

After 7 editions and 200 participants in French-speaking part of Switzerland, the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is continuing to organise the Master Class in foundation management, in partnership with the Center for Philanthropy Studies Basel (CEPS) and the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy.




Masterclass 2019 - June 17 - 19 2019 (in French)

3 days of training to reexamine recent developments in philanthropy and their impact on foundations.

After 6 editions and more than 150 participants in French-speaking part of Switzerland, the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is continuing to organise the Master Class in foundation management, in partnership with the Center for Philanthropy Studies Basel (CEPS) and the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy.

The 2019 edition took place at Château de Bossey (VD). The programme is available. 




Masterclass 2018, 12-14 November 2018

For 2,5 days, the University welcomed 24 practitioners from the philanthropic sector.

In an interactive format, the presence and testimonies of experts, academics and professionals from the philanthropic sector enabled participants to develop a better understanding of current philanthropic issues, and to acquire practical tools for good governance of foundations today.

This programme is an initiative of the CEPS and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, in association with the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy.