Ready for the future: Our revi­sed Data Mission Statement

The rapid development of technology and the inclusion of Artificial Intelligence in philanthropy has led us to update our data mission statement. The updated version is effective immediately.

A year ago, we published a beta version of our data mission state­ment on here and put it up for discus­sion. It sparked a lively debate. Your feed­back has been incor­po­ra­ted into the new version. Above all, howe­ver, we are laying the ground­work for careful hand­ling of Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (AI) at

What’s new? We clas­sify sensi­tive data into three clas­ses and specify who has access to it in each class ( 04 ).

You also decide for yours­elf whether or not we can process your sensi­tive data using Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence and, if so, what risks you are taking in doing so ( 03 ).

We guaran­tee the protec­tion of your perso­nal data in AI appli­ca­ti­ons by means of advan­ced anony­mi­sa­tion, even without an expli­cit order.

We also have good news for the pioneers of Open Data: Cate­go­ries A and B are now being made available for an annual fee via a stan­dar­di­sed inter­face (so-called API) ( 05 ).


At Stif­tungS­weiz, we distin­gu­ish four cate­go­ries of data accor­ding to their charac­ter and sensitivity.

  1. Data on orga­ni­sa­ti­ons which are publicly available on the basis of statu­tory provisions.
  2. data made public by the owners themselves.
  3. Not public data entrus­ted to us to create added value for philanthropy.
  4. data that we coll­ect and analyse oursel­ves in order to provide our users with services tail­o­red to their needs and an opti­mal user experience.


We store data on secure servers in Western Europe and go beyond the mini­mum requi­re­ments for data protection.

  1. Cate­gory A, B and C data are stored on trus­ted servers in Western Europe that meet high secu­rity requirements.
  2. We regu­larly check third-party provi­ders who store and process cate­gory D data for us and reduce the data export to the minimum.


Our users decide for them­sel­ves whether sensi­tive data is proces­sed with Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (AI) and, if so, where.

  1. Our users have the choice whether to use AI or not. 
  2. They decide for them­sel­ves whether this can only be done within the secure frame­work of the StiftungSchweiz-Infra­struc­ture, in Europe or outside Europe and thus actively decide which models are to be used.


We use sensi­tive data carefully and in the context of a multi-level classification.

  1. We follow the prin­ci­ple that any use of Cate­gory B and C data must create a clear added value for philanthropy.
  2. Data of cate­go­ries C and D can only be viewed by regis­tered users and will not be passed on or sold as indi­vi­dual data.
  3. Access to Cate­gory C data is clearly defi­ned in three classes.
Who has access to Cate­gory C sensi­tive data?
  1. Access is available to the owner, StiftungSchweiz and – in aggre­ga­ted form – Rese­arch & Statistics.
  2. access is also available to persons defi­ned by owners or network moderators.
  3. access have addi­tio­nally, owner or network mode­ra­tors defi­ned user groups (e.g. other funding organisations).

Confi­den­tia­lity is ensu­red by the Gene­ral Terms and Condi­ti­ons of Employ­ment of StiftungSchweiz as well as non-disclo­sure agree­ments with rese­arch part­ners. Share­hol­ders, coope­ra­tion part­ners or clients of StiftungSchweiz have no access. 


We provide data via stan­dar­di­sed inter­faces – sensi­tive data anony­mi­sed exclu­si­vely for rese­arch and statistics.

  1. We provide cate­gory A data for an annual fee via a stan­dar­di­sed inter­face (API).
  2. The aggre­ga­tion, anony­mi­sa­tion and pseud­ony­mi­sa­tion of Cate­gory C data is super­vi­sed by an exter­nal specialist.


If we change this mission state­ment, our part­ners and users have the right to object.

  1. We publish a change to this data state­ment via our chan­nels and grant all part­ners and regis­tered users the right to object.
  2. This right is also stated in contracts and in our Gene­ral Terms and Conditions.
Do you have feed­back on these inno­va­tions or gene­ral feed­back on our data mission state­ment? Talk to us on Miro and share your ideas with us. 
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