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Fondation Botnar is a Swiss-based foundation which
champions the use of AI and digital technology to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing urban environments. To achieve this, we support research, catalyse diverse partners, and invest in emerging technologies and scalable solutions globally

Fondation Botnar is a Swiss-based foundation which champions the use of AI and digital technology to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing urban environments. To achieve this, we support research, catalyse diverse partners, and invest in emerging technologies and scalable solutions globally

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Stefan Germann
Chief Executive Officer

Flavia Bustreo
Vice Chair

A letter from our CEO and Vice Chair

Our understanding of the world is rapidly changing. From an abundance of data allowing us to gain new insights, to a technological revolution transforming our daily lives; processes and theoretical thinking that has for many years stood the test of time, now needs to be updated to keep pace with society’s evolution. If we don’t adapt, we will remain behind and hinder progress.

Since Fondation Botnar started a new phase in our operations just over three years ago, we have been funding pioneering innovation, co-creating new approaches, and enabling transformational research to improve the health and wellbeing of young people around the world. As a foundation with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, we put learning, evaluation, and adaptation at the heart of everything we do; recognising the value of such an iterative approach both internally and externally, to guide our mission and approach. The authors of the book What philosophy can teach you about being a better leader speak about strategy as a form of discovery. This is an approach to strategy development that we very much agree with as over these three years we have learned a lot from young people, partners, grantees, researchers, and entrepreneurs. To become more efficient in delivering on our mission, we have taken these learnings on board and recently refined our strategic approach, focussing on three areas: how we understand the concept of wellbeing, our funding instruments, and our governance mechanisms.

For every child and young person to be a thriving citizen.

We want to ensure that every child and young person can lead a life with good health and dignity as a thriving citizen.

Investing in emerging solutions to build a better future for children and young people.

To fulfil our vision, we are seizing the big opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in vibrant, growing secondary cities around the world. We do this by supporting research, catalysing diverse partners, and investing in scalable digital solutions.

For every child and young person to be a thriving citizen.

We want to ensure that every child and young person can lead a life with good health and dignity as a thriving citizen.

Investing in emerging solutions to build a better future for children and young people.

To fulfil our vision, we are seizing the big opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in vibrant, growing secondary cities around the world. We do this by supporting research, catalysing diverse partners, and investing in scalable digital solutions.

Our structure

Board

The Board jointly oversees the governance and decision making of the foundation. It is represented by 6 members who act in accordance with the mission of the foundation and the will of our founder, Marcela.

Management Office

The Management Office is run by the CEO. It is responsible for the operational and strategic day-to-day management of the foundation.

Audit & Risk Committee (ARCO)

The ARCO is responsible for monitoring and optimizing the foundation’s internal processes, including ensuring good governance and due diligence.

HR & Organisational Committee (HOCO)

The HOCO is responsible for strategic matters relating to good governance and duty of care, long-term succession planning, personnel, and social policy, and organisational development.

Philanthropy Committee (PHICO)

The PHICO oversees the overall philanthropic strategy, including strategic guidance related to grant-making instruments and processes. It also reviews summaries of grant applications & specialist reviews and prepares recommendations as a basis for decisions to be taken by the foundation’s board.

Investment Commission (IC)

The Investment Commission holds the responsibility of managing the financial assets in the best interests of the foundation.

Finance

In 2015, Fondation Botnar benefited from a significant boost to its capital base, resulting in greater funding potential and commensurate increase in demand over time. The following year, in 2016, the foundation’s board committed to building organisational capacity to support the implementation of its mandate. This included appointing a CEO and recruiting a dedicated team to effectively manage the foundation’s future strategic direction, including the evaluation and roll-out of relevant projects and programs.

Governance

Fondation Botnar is committed to relying on governance, robust reporting, thorough analysis and an evidence-led approach to guide our decision making. We are a member of SwissFoundations, the association of grant-making foundations in Switzerland, and we commit to best practice governance in line with the principles and recommendations of the Swiss Foundation Code. Our accounting follows the guidelines of Swiss GAAP FER 21 for philanthropic social non-profit-organisations. Our activities are supervised by the Supervisory Authority for Foundations, Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs.

Memberships

We are proud to be members of the following partnerships and networks:

PMNCH

Member

ITU

Member

ITU-T Study Group: SG16 – Multimedia

EFC

Member

Swiss Foundations

Member

EVPA

Member

Digital Investment Principles

Endorser

Principles for Digital Development

Endorser

The Future Now
For Children Worldwide

Fondation Botnar
St. Alban-Vorstadt 56
4052 Basel
Switzerland
info@fondationbotnar.org
+41 61 201 04 74

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