Jürg Spielmann and Christina Fasser, founder and president of the foundation board blindekuh | pictures: Désirée Good

Effec­tive on multi­ple levels.

The world of charitable foundations, big and small

Dear reader,

No matter whether we’re talking about chari­ties that provide funding for exter­nal projects or run them them­sel­ves, lots of chari­ta­ble orga­ni­sa­ti­ons take a very focu­sed approach to their work. They pick up a great deal of know­ledge and expe­ri­ence in their speci­fic area, namely, rela­ting to their charity’s purpose. There is a tried-and-tested way to ensure that this know­ledge and exper­tise isn’t left isola­ted, or even kept hidden: collaborations.

Chari­ties provi­ding exter­nal funding gene­rally enter into part­nerships or seek out project-based colla­bo­ra­tion with the inten­tion of making more cash avail­able for the project recei­ving funding – and that is a good thing. Why? Because it lets them imple­ment projects that wouldn’t other­wise come to bear. But when we’re talking about colla­bo­ra­ti­ons, money isn’t the only factor to bear in mind: brin­ging toge­ther diffe­rent specia­lisms, views and expe­ri­en­ces is just as important, and this is parti­cu­larly bene­fi­cial if these substan­tive discus­sions take place between fund­ers and project owners, or with stake­hol­ders outside the sector. As a result, it is wonder­ful to see that incre­a­sing numbers of chari­ties are working closely with the state and the private sector on the content of their projects them­sel­ves. Cultu­ral projects, for example, can derive enor­mous bene­fit from this.

In addi­tion, colla­bo­ra­ti­ons also boost the diver­sity of the chari­ta­ble sector in ways both large and small, which is also a major plus here. That is why this maga­zine is brim­ming with impact­ful part­nerships and people who are commit­ted to their work. Let it inspire you!

Dr. Peter Buss

Mana­ging direc­tor and publisher
Phil­an­thropy Services AG

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