A childhood for every child UBS Optimus Foundation Global Giving Campaign

How your philanthropy can give children the chance to be children again

At the UBS Optimus Foundation, we believe that every child deserves to have the best possible start in life. Your kindness could help fund vital interventions to give children across the world the chance to enjoy a peaceful, safe and happy childhood.

Your philanthropy can help children in three vital ways:

Recovery from crisis

Poverty, disease and conflict threaten children’s safety and well-being. Your philanthropic investment could help children to recover in the wake of a crisis, giving them a chance get their lives back on track.

Freedom from exploitation

Across the world, many children are forced to take on grueling labor, often in cramped, unsafe and unsanitary conditions. You could help liberate them from the grips of bonded labor.

Access to education

Abuse, family matters and mental illness prevent children from making the most of their education, which can have a knock-on effect throughout their lives. Your generosity could help address these issues as early as possible, giving children the capacity to reach their full potential.

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Achieve significant impact

The UBS Optimus Foundation will double the impact of your philanthropic investment. By co-funding alongside you, dollar for dollar, the Foundation supports your philanthropy to go even further in transforming the lives of vulnerable children.

Even more, the UBS Optimus Foundation selects programs after screening by a panel of experts ensures your money is only invested in programs with the potential to create scalable, lasting change for vulnerable children. On average, the Foundation only selects between 2-5% of proposals, and rigorously monitors the results of each program. No administrative costs means 100% of your money reaches the programs that you are helping to tackle global issues in innovative ways.

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Together we can save children's lives

The 2017 opportunity is a collection of three innovative and sustainable programs, each focused on a particular issue impacting children and communities, such as recovery from crisis in Liberia and Lebanon, freedom from exploitation in India, and access to education in the US.

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Recovery from crisis

Around the world, millions of children face poverty, disease and conflict. Not only do crises like these have devastating consequences on children’s family lives and well-being, they can also force them to miss out on their education, often for many years. Missing even a few days of school can cause children to fall behind – so being unable to attend school for several years can make it very difficult, even impossible, for them to catch up.

By giving through the UBS Optimus Foundation, you could fund the Luminos Fund, an innovative program to give marginalized children the chance to learn and get back on track to working towards a brighter future. You will support an initiative with a proven track record of helping children excel. The Luminos Fund works in countries with the highest rates of out-of-school children, bringing education and opportunity to the most marginalized students around the world. Their approach combines the rigor and discipline of the investment world with the purpose and passion of the philanthropic sector to optimize impact. Your philanthropic investment could fund their Speed School program, which provides a second chance at an education for children who have been kept out of school.

Speed Schools have already seen huge success in Ethiopia. Now, with your help, the Luminos Fund is working to help children recover from crisis in Liberia and Lebanon.

If you’re an existing UBS client and want to make a donation, please contact your financial advisor.

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Freedom from exploitation

Bonded child labor occurs when children are forced to work in conditions of servitude in order to pay off a debt, or against a promise of future payment. Often this is because children living in poverty have been offered a sum of money up front on the condition that they will pay it off through working. Their employer can then force them to work long hours, in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, for very little pay.

Our partner, The Freedom Fund is a leader in the global movement to end bonded labor. They identify and invest in the most effective frontline efforts in the countries and sectors where this practice is most prevalent. Working with governments, local organizations, those at risk of exploitation, and visionary investors like you, they tackle the systems that allow bonded labor to persist and thrive.

By making a philanthropic investment today, you could help them protect vulnerable children, liberate and reintegrate those being exploited, and bring their employers to justice.

If you’re an existing UBS client and want to make a donation, please contact your financial advisor.

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Access to education

A college degree is the surest path to economic self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, less than a third of high school seniors from underserved communities read at college-ready levels, and only 10% of students from low-income families go on to earn a bachelor's degree. So the children with the most to gain are often the ones missing out. KIPP is changing that.

KIPP is a national non-profit network of 209 public charter schools educating 90,000 students from early childhood through high school, and shares resources to impact as many students across the country as possible. KIPP schools are designed with students’ success in mind and offer personalized learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests. Highly trained teachers are also taught to focus on each student’s character, empowering them to express their voice to improve the world around them.

You can help give children from underserved communities the opportunity to learn, succeed, and live fulfilling, economically self-sufficient, choice-filled lives. By investing in their success through the UBS Optimus Foundation, you'll support the development and scaling of innovative curriculum and programming that will improve the lives of students from low-income backgrounds across the KIPP network and beyond.

If you’re an existing UBS client and want to make a donation, please contact your financial advisor.

Will you help give vulnerable children the chance of a better future?

By making a philanthropic contribution, you could help break the cycle of poverty and save the lives of countless children and their families for generations to come.1

$10,000 can enable KIPP to train 5,000 teachers nationwide to implement a rigorous literacy curriculum, ultimately benefitting students year after year.
$40,000 can help The Freedom Fund liberate 1,594 children from bonded labor in India
$200,000 can educate 2,636 children through The Luminos Fund in Liberia and Lebanon

100% of your donation will reach the UBS Optimus Foundation programs since UBS covers all administrative costs. Every penny of your contribution will also be co-funded by the UBS Optimus Foundation2.

Tax treatment is dependent on individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future. UBS does not give tax advice.

1Across the campaign up to $3 million
2As advised by the named recipient organizations below

If you’re an existing UBS client and want to make a donation, please contact your financial advisor.