A survey into the involvement of Swiss grant-making foundations in international giving has revealed an opportunity for more nonprofits to receive support.
While many Swiss grant-making foundations already support nonprofits abroad, the survey by StiftungSchweiz found that other foundations are also keen to help in this way but have yet to be approached.
In its Swiss Generosity Abroad study, StiftungSchweiz researchers identified 600 grant-making foundations involved in international giving. 150 were chosen as geographically representative, with 28 responding to a survey – providing a 5% sample for the report.
StiftungSchweiz found that:
The report’s findings are broken down into three sections; Facts and Figures, Survey Extrapolations and Estimations and Insights by Dr Peter Buss, founder and CEO of StiftungSchweiz. The study’s approach and methods were also critically appraised by researchers at the University of Geneva – Geneva Centre for Philanthropy (GCP) and the Behavioural Philanthropy Lab.
Commenting, Abel Mon Jardin, StiftungSchweiz director of international development said:
“The number of projects supported abroad and the grants awarded show a high level of willingness on the part of Swiss grant-making foundations to provide support.
“The challenge now is how to get grant-makers and project owners working better together and on a more equal footing.”
StiftungSchweiz surveyed the 28 foundations on the following areas:
The study also extrapolated out the findings to the 600 Swiss grant-making foundations involved in international giving.
As a result, StiftungSchweiz estimates that 75% of those giving abroad do so directly to the organisations themselves, and that another 7% are interested in doing so but have yet to be approached. It also estimates that they gave some €38 million in total in 2020, with each one supporting an average 5 projects through a conservative estimate of €12,000 each.
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