The countdown for stiftungschweiz.ch began on 26 September 2019. Peter Buss, the platform’s founder and CEO, unveiled its features in front of more than 100 guests at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. After Buss’ talk, Christoph Weber, deputy chairman of the directorate general at Zürcher Kantonalbank, pressed the red button: with 24 days, 16 hours, 44 minutes and 59 seconds before the website’s launch, the clock began to tick backwards.
The platform will be available online from 21 October onwards. ‘I’m convinced it’ll be a huge success,’ says Christoph Weber. He can’t believe how long it took for someone to begin making this project a reality, in view of the billion Swiss francs (if not more) that charities spend every year on just transferring money. The hope is that the platform’s services will reduce this figure. Christoph Weber: ‘I’m excited not so much about whether it will work, but how quickly it will work.
Welcome messages provided in video form:
We need additional tools to improve the information landscape and the facts at hand. That’s what stiftungschweiz.ch does. It’s a great tool that goes a long way to improving our current situation, which is marred by inadequate levels of information.Christoph Degen, Managing Director of proFonds
The charitable sector needs to be more visible, more traceable and more accessible. Platforms like StiftungSchweiz play a critical role in this.Beate Eckhardt, Managing Director of SwissFoundations
The evening revolves around digitalisation: an exciting, up-to-the-minute issue that’s a pressing matter for the non-profit sector, too.Philipp Erpf, Vice Director of the Institute for Research on Management of Associations, Foundations and Co-operatives at the University of Freiburg