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Finance and governance

Finance and governance


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.

The Fondation Botnar assets of CHF 3.8 billion (as of 31 December 2019) are invested according to leading principles of sustainable institutional asset management. Click here to read our Investment Beliefs and Principles.

Since 2019, Fondation Botnar annually offers CHF 70 million in funding as follows:

  • CHF 48 million for projects and programs undertaken by Fondation Botnar in partnership with organisations with well-developed local networks.
  • CHF 9 million for research projects in key focus areas.
  • CHF 3 million for one-off grants up to CHF 300,000. Here, innovative or otherwise outstanding projects with smaller funding volumes are targeted.
  • CHF 10 million annual contribution to the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH)

Click here for information on our grant application process and timelines


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.

Code of conduct

The purpose of our Code of Conduct is to express the commitment of the foundation to the highest level of integrity. The activities of the foundation are strongly interlinked with our society, in particular children, as we seek to empower people to care for themselves. As a partner with purpose, we value transparency, being distinctive, and being a pioneer for positive impact. Read the Code of Conduct here.

Whistleblowing guideline

This whistleblowing guideline is put in place to make the procedure of whistleblowing transparent and to eliminate any doubts concerning the effectiveness of reporting misconduct. It illustrates appropriate action to take when experiencing or discovering any violation of the Foundation Botnar Code of Conduct. Download the guideline here and report an issue here: You can also find the relevant hotline number in your country here.

Please see below the three ways to report an issue.

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Fondation Botnar
St. Alban-Vorstadt 56
4052 Basel
+41 61 201 04 74