A pioneer within the Swiss foundation sector
Fondation des Fondateurs remains independent of banks and other financial service providers, adopting a neutral political, ideological and religious stance. It operates based on entrepreneurial principles, and is free of any other interests, whether commercial or otherwise, that may impede the underlying philanthropic idea.
A charitable foundation operating on the national and international stage, it is regulated by the Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations (ESA). FdF uses the "Swiss Foundation Code 2015" as a basis of its operations, maintaining an exemplary system of governance. It is a member of SwissFoundations, the association of Swiss grant-making foundations, thus providing all foundations united beneath its roof with access to the networks and events initiated by this organisation.
Solid and effective structures
FdF offers founders a solid umbrella under which they can execute their foundation ideas individually, effective, cost efficient, sustainably, and protected against eventual risks.
Introducing democracy to the idea behind foundations
Umbrella foundations are a relatively recent development in Switzerland. They allow founders to implement their personal ideas, even with limited endowments. Quite often this involves venturing forth into uncharted legal terrain, where Fondation des Fondateurs contributes meaningful innovation in its role as a pioneer.
Governance and expertise
FdF is committed to contributing actively to the development of the foundation sector, and in particular to raising the bar in the area of foundation governance. The members of the foundation board are recognised experts in foundation issues, and co-authors of the “Swiss Foundation Code”.
Effectiveness and cost efficiency
FdF applies entrepreneurial principles to its operations, both in its asset management and its provision of services. Efficiency and effectiveness are the benchmarks by which we measure our performance each year.
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