The CEPS is an interdisciplinary university institute, which aims to connect the different research approaches and theories through a general view on the topics philanthropy and foundations.

The CEPS aligns its range of services with the strategic focus “Social Change and Justice” at the University of Basel.

Why philanthropy?

The Center for Philanthropy Studies works as a research think tank to support the constructive debate about, and facilitate the understanding of, philanthropy.
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The current research projects are recording the significance of the Swiss foundation sector. Furthermore, the projects analyze how foundations facilitate the accumulation and preservation of social capital.
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Current Events

The CEPS regularly arranges scientific conferences in close collaboration with its partners.
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Research program

Research at the CEPS is interdisciplinary and is based on four main areas.
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Swiss Foundation Code

Governance is a major challenge for members of a foundation board. The Swiss Foundation Code from SwissFoundations is the first European-wide Governance Code for foundations. The Code contains basic principles and recommendations for a professional management of foundations. An English version was published in 2011. More >>

CEPS Research Fellows

Das CEPS Research Fellows Netzwerk fördert den Austausch und die Zusammenarbeit von Forschenden im Bereich Philanthropie und Nonprofit Sektor. Mehr >>


Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS)
University of Basel
Steinengraben 22
4051 Basel

Phone: +41 61 207 23 92

Fax: +41 61 207 23 93