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We are dedicated to making meaningful and impactful societal contributions in the areas of vocational training, recycling PLUS and wealth inequality.

The Julius Baer Foundation is the non-profit grant foundation of the Julius Baer Group. It has been dedicated to making meaningful and impactful societal contributions for more than 50 years. When the Julius Baer Foundation was established by Walter J. Baer in 1965, the aim was to support all forms of art and culture and the various sciences, along with carefully selected charitable causes within Switzerland.

Over the years, the Foundation’s reach has extended in step with the growth of the Group. Today we collaborate with partner organisations around the world in three core areas:

  • Vocational training
  • Recycling PLUS
  • Wealth inequality

We remain committed to our heritage of supporting the arts by awarding art prizes and fostering up-and-coming artists.

Our Mission

The Julius Baer Foundation is committed to providing guidance to underprivileged youths through solid vocational training that enables them to become self-reliant and responsible adults securing their livelihood independently and shaping their environment positively.

We promote a sustainable approach to resources. Therefore, we support visionary Recycling PLUS projects geared towards reusing materials within a circular economy and finding an efficient way to filter out pollutants.

We systematically encourage voluntary exchanges between various groups in societies characterised by inequality in terms of means and opportunities. We support, accompany and invest in inspiring initiatives and projects that are collectively organised by people from various socio-economic groups in order to create value in their immediate vicinity.

Our values

We have the courage to support visionary partner organisations and recognise their potential.

We take a motivational approach to collaborating with our partners and stakeholders.

We believe in the power of sharing our knowledge, our expertise and our network.

We are committed to reflecting on our values and ensuring our practices are consistent with them. They serve as orientation for our actions, behaviour and decisions.

Philanthropy services for clients

The many technological, environmental and social changes we face in today’s world are giving rise to a growing interest from individuals and families to establish a foundation of their own, or to become active philanthropists. The Julius Baer Foundation’s Philanthropy Advisory team can provide expertise and access to its network to support you on your philanthropic journey.

Grant application

If you would like to submit a request, please use the ‘Grant Application Form’ and adhere to the outlined requirements. A file will only be created after a completed Grant Application Form has been submitted. We can only consider grant applications submitted electronically in English, and that contain all of the necessary documents. You may submit requests throughout the year. The Foundation Board meeting, during which grant applications are reviewed, takes place four times a year.

Eligibility criteria

The Julius Baer Foundation supports partners that are impactful, sustainable and visionary. In addition, partners should have experience in their field and references confirming such experience. Please take the specified criteria within each core area into consideration.

The Foundation will not commit on any further Vocational Training projects for the time being.

Please be informed that we do not support projects

  • that do not target our three core areas: vocational training, recycling PLUS or wealth inequality
  • in the core area of vocational training: short-term training, advanced training and seminars
  • in the core area of recycling PLUS: waste management projects
  • in the core area of wealth inequality: poverty reduction projects
  • for which we would be required to cover the full costs (we do not cover more than 50% of the total costs)

Furthermore, we do not support

  • individuals and companies
  • leisure activities
  • events
  • fundraising campaigns

Our support of the arts is currently limited to our existing cultural partnerships.

Partner organisations