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CEPS contributes to inaugural «Global Philanthropy Report»


Despite the growing significance and scale of institutionally-based philanthropy, little is yet known about the related resources and their deployment at the national, regional, and global levels.

«The Global Philanthropy Report: Perspectives on the global foundation sector», authored at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, addresses this knowledge gap by taking a closer look at worldwide philanthropic practices and trends. The CEPS is delighted to have contributed to the inaugural Global Philanthropy Report, which thus also includes information on the foundation sector in Switzerland.

By investigating the foundation sector in 39 countries, the report shows, for example, that nearly three-quarters of all identified foundations were established in the last 25 years, that foundation assets exceed USD 1.5 trillion and that education is the top priority of foundations around the globe. The report further shows that foundations are increasingly employing a range of social investment strategies to maximize their impact and that there is a growing interest in evaluating and measuring program outcomes. One key fact to emerge from Switzerland is that it is the only country next to the Netherlands where philanthropic assets are more than 5 percent of GDP.

Read the full report