Welcome to UBS Digital Philanthropy Week

Reimagining Philanthropy for the next decade 

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About Digital Philanthropy Week

From Monday, October 4 – Friday, October 8, 2021, UBS hosted its first global Digital Philanthropy Week with the release of a daily webinar and whitepaper on this page for you to enjoy. The last 18 months have been pivotal in reflecting on the impact we want to have on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. It is also driving us to discern how we wish to contribute, especially collectively. To better understand how you might play your part, we hope you will consider exploring this content from our week of reimagining philanthropy for the next decade.

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We are 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, our global team makes it simpler for you and your family to manage your philanthropy and maximize your impact.

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The Week’s Webinars and Whitepapers

Monday, October 4

The State of Philanthropy 

Join us for our kickoff session as we discuss the emergence of trust-based philanthropy in the wake of COVID-19 and its parallels to another important global health issue, Neglected Tropical Diseases.


Celebrity Capital

Influencer; celebrated person; athlete; entertainer. There are many different types of celebrity. This paper is for those who want to use the platform of their public persona and reputational capital for good.

Tuesday, October 5

Innovative philanthropy: Outcomes-based funding

Join us for our second session as we discuss the emergence of social finance instruments in the philanthropy space, and look at two pioneering examples in the health and education sphere.  


In good company: Aligning stakeholder interests for development with social finance

Philanthropists worldwide seek to deploy capital in an impactful way to end poverty, promote prosperity and protect the planet. While it is crucial to attract more capital to address these social and environmental issues, this paper is for those who want to understand how they can deploy it in the most effective way possible.

Wednesday, October 6

Collective Philanthropy 

Partake in this session to learn how you can harness the power of collective philanthropy and achieve exponentially more impact through collaboration and partnerships.


Impactful Philanthropy 

All philanthropists want their giving to have maximum impact. Through our work at the UBS Optimus Foundation, we’ve learned that a focus on evidence, scale, and innovative funding is central to impactful philanthropy. Read about our approach on results-based philanthropy in this paper.

Thursday, October 7

How philanthropy and innovation are improving employment outcomes for autistic talent

Did you know over 35% of our clients and employees will be considered ‘neuroatypical’ in the next decade? Discover more on how philanthropy and innovation are making an impact on the futures of autistic talent.


Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

MEL can be a virtuous cycle of activity that runs throughout your philanthropy and benefits all your future goals. By constantly adapting and improving what you do, you can increase the impact you achieve through your philanthropy and get results more quickly.

Friday, October 8

Applying lenses to your Philanthropy 

Tune in for our final session as we discuss how philanthropists can add an extra layer to their philanthropy – a so-called ‘lens’. Accounting for gender, climate or inequality – among other things – in grantmaking and program design is critical to the success of your philanthropy.


The New Continuum

The driving principles behind investment and philanthropic strategies have historically been unrelated, but we are beginning to see a convergence of these themes among ultra-high net worth individuals and families. This whitepaper aims to function as a blueprint on aligning your interests, investments and impact.