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:

The origin of the word philanthropy is philanthropia, which is Greek for ‘love for mankind.’ Beyond the simple act of being charitable, philanthropy implies a strong desire to understand and resolve issues. Philanthropy is, in its essence, a strong personal commitment to imparting positive change on society.

A solid plan acts as the foundation of your efforts to creating positive change. The planning stage is where you’ll shape your personal philanthropic vision, approach and strategy.

The decisions you take at this stage will form the basis of your giving, which you can review or adapt as your experience grows.

Once you’ve decided which philanthropic areas you’d like to focus on, you’ll want to think about how to best implement a plan. Some things to consider include identifying, evaluating and selecting projects, finding the right philanthropic vehicle for your giving as well as staffing, governing and financing the projects. This might seem like a lot – we’ll make sure you’re asking the right questions every step of the way.

To expand your reach and access additional expertise and experience about philanthropy, you may want to engage with others. This can open new doors and is an opportunity for you to spread enthusiasm for the causes you support, whether within your family or beyond.

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.

Family and philanthropy

Many philanthropists choose to carry out their philanthropy together with their family. It is an opportunity to bring family members together and bridge generations.

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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