Another great service is now available at stiftungschweiz.ch. If you are looking for a new trustee for your board, look no further! It’s all the result of a new partnership with StiftungsratsMandat.com.
The Stiftungsreport 2020 showed that there were around 70,000 trustee positions in Switzerland at the end of 2019, divided between 62,000 individuals. When a vacancy arises on a board of trustees today, every committee faces similar questions: what skills should a new trustee bring to the table? How can we guarantee professionalism? And how does the selection respect diversity? A thorough search for the best candidate can be time-consuming, particularly if you are looking for skills – or a combination of skills – that are not easy to find. The fact that serving as a trustee is voluntary or, at best, low-paid work can also make it more difficult to persuade qualified individuals to make a long-term commitment.
This is all set to change. Together, StiftungsratsMandat.com and StiftungSchweiz are offering a unique and effective service to support your search. StiftungsratsMandat.com has a pool of over 1,000 registered potential trustees. And stiftungschweiz.ch, Switzerland’s largest digital philanthropy organisation, brings its coding and matching system and access to the foundations. The new service builds on the experience and expertise of the two platforms. They complement one another perfectly to provide a simple, efficient and systematic search process.
The StiftungsratsMandat.com platform has been live since early summer 2020. It was developed by Dominic Lüthi and his team. The team began operating its first matchmaking platform (boardplacement.com) for boards of directors and SMEs back in 2012. It is therefore able to draw on a wealth of experience. Working with Peter Buss and his team, the idea of acting as a matchmaker for trustees came about.
Diverse skill mix
‘More and more foundations and societies were asking us whether we also acted as matchmakers for boards of trustees or societies’ executive committees,’ Dominic Lüthi explains, ‘so it made sense for us to look to partner up with StiftungSchweiz.’ ‘It’s a case of classic matchmaking and that’s what we specialise in,’ adds Peter Buss, continuing, ‘We developed an appropriate search mechanism and adapted the navigation to our user experience. This means that our users are able to navigate the site with ease.’ It is, however, crucial, Buss points out, that a trustee has first considered where their strengths lie. The specifications for the preferred candidate need to be clear: skills, age, language, gender, etc. ‘StiftungSchweiz is able to access all of our foundation profiles directly,’ explains Lüthi.
Next step: provided mutual interest is identified
Dialogue between the foundation and the potential trustees is only continued if mutual interest is identified, the two partners explain. Aside from the administrators of the two platforms, only the two parties involved receive the data. This is important to know, as users can be assured that privacy is guaranteed on both platforms. ‘Once the searcher and the individual they are interested in are brought together by email, we tend to find that they immediately get in touch with each other by phone,’ Dominic Lüthi states. For organisations looking for a new trustee for their board, the search is included in the Basic and Premium StiftungSchweiz subscriptions. An additional matchmaking fee (1,290 francs) only arises if the match is successful.
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Diverse skill sets
All the most common languages from Chinese to Spanish
Around 1,000 registered individuals
Around 1/4 women 3/4 men
Experienced professionals and managers from the key industries