fondation lombard odier.

    Fondation Lombard Odier, our corporate foundation, carries out the philanthropic activities of our Group and its Partners.

    The Foundation funds forward-looking solutions to pressing challenges in the fields of education and humanitarianism. Our goal is to work with grantees where we can have an impact and offer more than just money.

    Innovative financing is part of the formula. Today, non-profit organisations everywhere are accessing financial expertise to diversify their revenue streams and become more effective. For example, as a founding member of the Corporate Support Group of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), we provided expertise and seed funding to incubate the Program for Humanitarian Impact Investment (PHII).

    We also believe in using the power of education and technology for good. Working with our strategic partner École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), we co-financed the international scientific “BigData of the past” project Venice Time Machine (VTM). Launched by the EPFL and the University Ca’Foscari of Venice, the project aims to digitise 80 kilometres of shelves filled with over a thousand years of administrative documents of the State Archives of Venice. More recently, we became a founding partner of EPFL Center for Digital Trust, a partnership between research, industry, the public sector and civil society to define and realise a common vision: re-inventing trust mechanisms that will contribute to prosperous, peaceful societies in the digital age.

    The Foundation also contributes to developing the philanthropic sector as a whole, to amplify its potential to improve society for decades to come. We are a founding partner of the University of Geneva’s Centre for Philanthropy, where we promote research, knowledge dissemination, awareness and dialogue between professionals and stakeholders taking philanthropy into the future. We are also actively involved in collaborative platforms such as SwissFoundations, Philea – Philanthropy Europe Association and the European Venture Philanthropy Association.

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