From grant maker to change maker
Fondation Botnar was established in 2003 with a primary focus on furthering the Botnar family legacy through grants funding of multiple projects. This was solely managed by the board of trustees.
In 2017 the board appointed a CEO with the purpose of setting up a management team and defining a strategic focus. The aim was to move the foundation away from conventional grantmaking to focus on developing new enterprise-based models that help deliver lasting impact which is both sustainable and scalable.
From 2018, the foundation adopted a new ‘start-up’ entrepreneurial approach and strategy, which sets out a clear roadmap to achieve our vision. The foundation also remains true to its humble family roots by keeping the Botnar family name, maintaining the Botnar family’s philanthropic legacy and by continuing a number of targeted legacy investments.
The new strategic purpose allows the foundation to be truly focussed in investing for impact - aiming to be collaborative and innovative in how we seek to meet the most difficult challenges facing children. We will achieve this by putting research at the forefront of all our work, establishing learning hubs in key countries to test potential scalable solutions, and by funding research that puts digital innovation at the heart of improving children’s wellbeing in urban spaces. Learning and evaluation will underpin our ability to successfully contribute to our vision. As we learn from our research and implementation we can adapt our strategy to ensure maximum impact moving forwards.