GOVERNANCE

As a social non-profit organization Gebert Rüf Stiftung is tax-exempt. It bases its decisions on best practice rules and adheres to the principles and recommendations of the Swiss Foundation Code. As a founding member of SwissFoundations, it is actively involved in the further development of the Swiss foundation's location.

Principles

The bodies of Gebert Rüf Stiftung follow entrepreneurial guidelines of good governance, which are applied to the specific funding context: maximum transparency in terms of strategy (support criteria), professional organization and activity; ongoing support activities; avoiding conflicts of interest; implementing checks and balances. The goal of all funding activities is the effective realization of the foundation’s purpose.

«Foundation Governance» and «Foundation Management»

Gebert Rüf Stiftung is a founding member of SwissFoundations. This association of grant-making foundations in Switzerland promotes Switzerland as a location for foundations and the foundation principle itself through a number of internal and external activities. Gebert Rüf Stiftung plays an active part in the association's managing committee and by initiating, funding and accompanying various projects it makes major contributions to emerging issues such as «Foundation Governance» (according to what principles should foundations be managed?) and «Foundation Management» (how can a foundation's work be made as effective as possible?). Insights gained are put into practice in Gebert Rüf Stiftung's own work.

Gebert Rüf Stiftung bundles its activities in support of the Swiss foundation scene in its passive area of activity «Swiss Foundation's Location».

Switzerland’s foundation sector is not a socially and politically autonomous force. In fact, the Swiss foundation sector is extremely underorganized. There are three main reasons for this:

  • Wide variety of diverse foundation types (lack of common ground);
  • A foundation landscape dominated by small and micro sized foundations (problem of subcritical mass);
  • The majority of foundations are closely tied in with law offices and banks (stamp of discretion).

CEPS, University of Basel
SwissFoundations