Supporting the development of the philanthropy sector
As one of the first companies of its kind, WISE is recognized as a key player in Europe and Asia. As such, we aim at strengthening the philanthropy sector in our region through initiatives connecting donors, providing trainings and producing publications.
We believe that nowadays donors have a strong appetite to exchange in a meaningful and authentic environment. May it be with the organizations they support, or peers or other experts, we are involved in facilitating those safe spaces for exchanges.
Families led retreat
In the past, we have organized Families in Philanthropy, a unique platform for families where they can share practical experiences, ideas and concepts among peers and across different generations. It is a private meeting held exclusively for families, entrepreneurs and individual donors in an informal and exclusive surrounding. More on www.familiesinphilanthropy.org
Tailor-made trip for donors
We organize field trips to allow donors to see what impact they may have supported on the ground. These trips include visits of the organizations donors support as well as meetings with on-the-ground and local experts to understand the different issues the area is facing.
In 2013, regrouping eight private donors, we have welcomed the Annual Conference of EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association) attracting around 500 delegates. The event gathered was the largest conference held in Geneva dedicated to philanthropy including players from a variety of sectors, such as venture philanthropy and social investment funds, foundations, donors, advisory firms, banks, and social entrepreneurs.
We believe in exchange of experiences between peers and capacity building to help donors to become more pro-active and professional.
Education module for NewGen
We are offering an education course for the NewGen member of Wealth Owner or Family Business members. This course is targeted to young adults aged 25 to 35 willing to define their roadmap in the family philanthropy. The first edition of NewGen Council was run in collaboration with the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation and with the support of FBN, Polaris and 21/64.
Course for grant-making foundations
We have elaborated a course for grant-making foundations in the French speaking part of Switzerland in partnership with the Center for Philanthropy Studies in Basel (CEPS). The course is meant for people who would like to expand their knowledge around key topics such as governance, strategy, evaluation and impact.
The next course will take place at The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Fall 2017.
For more information, you can send an email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also organized one-week immersion course in emerging markets for NewGen of Wealth Owner or Family Business members in collaboration with private banks such as Lombard Odier, Family Business Network and Banque due Luxembourg. We can facilitate such education module for existing communities of Wealth Owner or Family Business members.
We invest knowledge and time helping the community of donors to both understand the issues at stake and develop new insight in the field. Over the years, we have been edited by others and have contributed to numerous publications including:
Philanthropy in motion, a short essay with seven testimonials about seven ways to get involved in philanthropy including recommendations by Swiss philanthropists
Philanthropists speak out, six personal stories of families on how do they engage in philanthropy mentioning both their challenges and successes
La philanthropie, ça marche !, 12 initiatives that illustrate philanthropy in Luxembourg today
The Explorer and the Strategist, a short essay by a French anthropologist on why and how a family entrepreneur can act with success
Why Others? Philanthropy as an opportunity, an unusual publication that combines comics and text to make philanthropy an accessible and funny reading
If you are interested in one of these, do not hesitate to contact us to get a copy by sending us an email to email@example.com.