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This study investigates whether setting up a tax-exempt grant-making foundation pays off for society, or whether the process primarily provides tax breaks which ultimately benefit those who set up the foundation, without generating adequate added value for the public at large.
Open Society Institute;
Reviews Switzerland's drug policy of policing, prevention, treatment, and harm reduction, including low-threshold methadone programs, needle exchanges, and safe injection rooms. Outlines political contexts, health and social outcomes, and lessons learned.
Centre d'Etudes de la Philanthropie en Suisse (CEPS);
Le rapport des fondations suisses 2012 a élargi le périmètre du secteur des fondations. Le rapport informe des évolutions au-delà des frontières suisses, surtout de l'état du statut européen de fondation qui devrait devenir Fundatio Europaea. De plus, s'intéressant à "l'impact investing" et à la "corporate philanthropy", le rapport traite en détail de deux domaines qui se sont développés indépendamment de la branche des fondations, mais dans lesquels celles-ci pourraient à l'avenir jouer un rôle important. Les "corporate foundations", qui sont assujetties à des critères d'établissement particuliers, sont souvent sous les feux de l'actualité.
Centre for Philanthropy Studies;
This study, mandated by the Sophie and Karl Bindung Stiftung and the Velux Stiftung, provides valuable insight into the topic of awards and prizes by addressing new issues and should thus help to initiate a discussion on and the evaluation of foundation prizes, thereby ensuring their greater impact in the future.
Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS);
Study about remuneration of Swiss board members in the NPO sector. Conclusion: remuneration does not put public benefit status at risk. It is considered as an appropriate tool to balance the liability of volunteers.
How is it possible to build up permanent endowment despite oflow interest rates? The Bürgerstiftung Halle pinned its hopes onfundraising -- and was successful.
European Commission (EC);
Zurich is the largest Swiss city with approximately 400,000 inhabitants and an annual public procurement budget of over €1.6 billion. Sustainability has been a specific target on the City's political agenda since 1998. In 2008, the City's Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) policy was introduced, and since its introduction, Zurich has successfully carried out many SPP procedures. For example, in 2009, the City conducted a successful pilot which led to the procurement of 100% organic cotton shirts for the City's police force. The ZOOM (Zurich Optimised Output Management) concept was first launched in 2008 as part of the City's IT strategy, which saw the introduction of standardised multifunctional devices in the municipal workplace. The location and specification of multifunctional devices was outlined through the ZOOM concept to maximise efficiency. Overall, the ZOOM concept estimated significant annual savings for the City. In order to deliver even greater financial and environmental savings, in 2012 the Organisation and Informatics Department (OIZ) of the City of Zurich took the ZOOM concept a step further when they decided to switch from buying (or renting) machines to procuring an optimised Output Management Service from an external provider. As part of this procurement procedure, the devices were no longer the focus but rather the services (i.e. printing, copying, scanning, etc.). The City now only pays per printed page and no longer invests in hardware. Both the ZOOM concept and this procurement were prepared by the OIZ together with the IT Conference Members, the Data Protection Officer, and the Environmental and Health Departments.
Bund Gemeinnütziger Stiftungen;
This document intends to illustrate the situation of the non-profit foundations in Austria, what are their current activities and their potential development for the future.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation;
In November 2011, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and accompanying Civil Society Days (CSD) completed their fifth year of operation, with the aim of improving migration policy coherence and enhancing the benefits of migration to sending and receiving countries, and to migrants themselves. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the largest non-governmental donor to this process, commissioned this study to retrospectively assess the outcomes and impact of the CSD and GFMD on policies, practices, issue framing, and government-civil society cooperation; and to prospectively draw lessons learned for the future of the GFMD and CSD. The evaluation took place from November 2011 through September 2012, allowing the team to observe the CSD and GFMD in Geneva, conduct an in-depth case study in Mexico, distribute online surveys to participants, conduct interviews at the UN offices in New York, and conduct key informant interviews by phone. Using a mixed method approach, combining quantitative survey data with qualitative key informant interviews and an extensive document review, the team has worked to triangulate data and strengthen the validity of findings. This study is geared towards the main stakeholders of the GFMD and CSD, including governments, civil society representatives, and donors. It is hoped that the aforementioned stakeholders will be able to utilize the findings, conclusions, and recommendations within this report to better inform their work in migration and development moving forward -- both within and outside of the GFMD and CSD processes.
USC Dornsife Program for Environmental and Regional Equity;
We offer this document as our own effort to build the inclusion and understandings that will help both communities and leaders recognize the grassroots wisdom and issues that could help us realize the positive impacts from globalization and minimize the negative aspects that have concerned us all. Another world is possible, but it is up to us to build it.
Centre d'Etude et de Recherche sur la Philanthropie (CERPhi);
This document presents the philanthropic landscape in Europe. Ten countries are considered. Individual giving as well as the foundation sector are considered. It includes statistical data, and comparisons with US philanthropic sector.