UBS Optimus Foundation – how we work

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It’s important to know that the solutions we're investing in are actually making a difference. We know that the only way to do this is to engage in strategic philanthropy – philanthropy guided by six key principles.


We’re backing solutions to improve the lives of children, that show the potential to go big. And we’re driving these solutions forward with social finance, government buy-in and advocacy.


Partnering is vital for effective philanthropy. Philanthropists need to pool resources toward a common goal, and we need to bring the best of the private and public sector together.

Smart risk-taking

By working with standout partners on the frontline, we are venturing to support breakthrough solutions with powerful outcomes for the children and communities affected.

Evidence-based outcomes

Through robust impact evaluations and research – often together with leading academic institutions – funding can get to where it needs to go for the best outcomes to improve the lives of children.

Investment-based approach

We hold out for the 5% of programs that have the right business model, evidence, partnerships and leadership to be successful – maximizing impactful results.


Solutions we support must help strengthen local entities and infrastructure for children, while making sustainable changes to policy and practice. They need a clearly defined exit strategy.

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