How we're driving change that matters

Philanthropy is a commitment to making the world a better place. Globally, philanthropy is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth.

There are many important causes to get involved in, whether it’s improving health and education, eliminating hunger or tackling climate change.

We partner with visionary philanthropists, combining your passion with our expertise. No matter what stage of the philanthropic journey you’re at, we’ll help you make an impact and leave a lasting legacy.

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Together, we can help you reach your philanthropic goals.

Questions to ask yourself

When you’re ready to begin your philanthropic journey, there’s a lot to consider. Start by asking yourself these questions:

How does philanthropy fit into the bigger picture?

Your philanthropic efforts help address the world's most pressing social issues, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity and peace and justice. The United Nations has established 17 Sustainable Development Goals that it describes as an ‘urgent call for action’ for all countries, both developing and developed.

At the heart of our approach to philanthropy is an understanding that for a philanthropic initiative to generate the highest social return, it must be something that can be scaled up and replicated to the point where it can deliver systemic change.

783 million

people live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day

1 billion

people worldwide have no access to healthcare

617 million

youth worldwide lack basic mathematics and literacy skills1


people lack access to safely managed drinking water services

~50% rise

in global emissions of CO2 since 1990

UBS and philanthropy

We’re dedicated to finding innovative ways to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. Building on our 20-year track record and applying an investment-based approach, we make it simpler for you and your family to manage your philanthropy and maximise your impact.

Our philanthropy in action

Ending poverty, improving health and education, tackling climate change, encouraging economic growth – there are many social and environmental problems that need to be urgently addressed.

Our four key focus areas


Frontline health, safe surgery and paediatric cancer


Education in displacement, skills for social mobility and scale delivery innovation


Anti-child trafficking and slavery, and families not orphans


Conservation and climate change

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