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Workshop for non-profits: How to facilitate cross-border philanthropy from Europe to Switzerland?

ETH Student Project House (Zentrum), Clausiusstrasse 16, 8006 Zürich

15:00 – 16:00 / 17:00-18:30

The Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, in cooperation with proFonds, SwissFoundations, specking+partners and the ETH Foundation, has conceived an event focusing on the question of how cross-border philanthropy can work.

Philanthropic engagement has a crucial role to play to cope with today’s challenges in an increasingly disruptive environment. New ways of giving practices must be explored to shape and support the ongoing transformation. Governments, for the most part, want to stimulate philanthropy: across Europe, many countries provide a range of tax benefits to both donors and recipient organizations. The political landscape for philanthropy has remained relatively stable in Europe over the past few years. However, a philanthropic single-market in Europe is not yet a reality.

Since 2008, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation has been the Swiss representative of the Transnational Giving Europe Network, helping organisations fundraise across Europe and Swiss-based donors give to charity beyond borders.

The programme consists of two parts, a workshop (15:00 – 16:00)  and a panel discussion (17:00-18:30). The two parts of the programme can be booked individually.

» The whole event is free of charge an will be held in English.


Workshop Facilitators

  • Aïssata Traoré, TGE Network Manager at Swiss Philanthropy Foundation
  • Sebastian Rieger, lawyer & fiscal expert, Dufour Advokatur AG & Bureau Member of proFonds

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The workshop is followed by the panel discussion „European Philanthropy: overcoming barriers“ from 17:00-18:30 and networking drinks from 18:30-19:30, at the same venue. Workshop attendendees are welcome to stay for the panel and the drinks.


Panel discussion speakers include:

  • Erin Hulme, Director of Philanthropy – WHO Foundation
  • Hanna Surmatz, Head of Policy – Philea
  • Florence Hediger, Lawyer & fiscal expert – Lenz & Staeheli
  • Sabrina Grassi, Director General – Swiss Philanthropy Foundation; President – SwissFoundations

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