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LGT Guide to Strategic Philanthropy

Doing good, well

Support on your philanthropic journey

Perhaps you want to get started in your philanthropy or maybe ensure that you are maximizing the impact you're having on your giving. Or perhaps you want to partner with other philanthropists or engage the next generation of your family. We want to help you achieve all of that. The LGT Guide to Strategic Philanthropy, which we co-authored with Philanthropy Insight, was written for philanthropists and is designed to support you on your philanthropic journey. It is based on our combined experience of working with philanthropic leaders and families, non-profit organizations, social enterprises, communities, multilateral agencies and governments across 70 countries.

Thirty leading philanthropists featured

Collaborating with and learning from peer-philanthropists is key to strategic systems change philanthropy. Our Guide therefore features 30 leading philanthropists from around the world, giving you an opportunity to learn more about their personal experiences and what has worked well for them in achieving social or environmental impact.

The Guide

The LGT Guide to Strategic Philanthropy is cause-neutral and was created for anyone who wants to use their resources to have a positive impact in the world. We have designed it to support you on your philanthropic journey, whether you are just starting out, refreshing your approach, engaging new family members in your giving or seeking to leverage your impact after many decades.

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Topics explored

Chapter 1 - Motivations and your philanthropy 
Focuses on what you can bring into your philanthropy, your motivations and values, as well as your philanthropic focus and aspirations. It also highlights some of the different ways you can structure and manage your giving. 

Chapter 2 - A framework for strategic philanthropy 
Explores how social and environmental change occurs through the lens of a strategic philanthropy framework; the importance of understanding root causes and the system within which the problem you seek to address happens; and the many different approaches you can use to achieve change. It also touches on ways to measure and evaluate your impact and looks at learning and supporting systems change.

Chapter 3 - Framing, scale and leverage 
Considers some philanthropic frames and approaches that can help you make your interventions sustainable and scalable, and explores some of the different ways you can bring leverage to increase the positive impact on the issues you care about.

Chapter 4 - Philanthropic leadership and influence
Considers more advanced ways in which you can grow and bring your leadership and influence to involve your family, and align your business and your investments with your philanthropic aspirations.

Expert view

"Notwithstanding its centuries old existence and wealth of good intentions, philanthropy has a bad habit of re-inventing the wheel. Due to a lack of networks and institutional infrastructure, the sector sometimes struggles to leverage existing interventions, identify partnership opportunities, and understand what peers are working on. Toolkits are an invaluable way of sharing critical learnings, building best practice, and ensuring that new philanthropists avoid the mistakes of their predecessors. This work by LGT is a case in point. The detailed, sensible, and evidence-based advice is built on years of experience and structured to be applicable, easy to understand and a tangible means of improving impact. Highly recommended for those seeking real system change."

Clare Woodcraft, Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at University of Cambridge

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In conversation with

Peer philanthropists share their lessons, experiences and philanthropic journey.

Nataly Davidai

Nataly Davidai: Philanthropy as an intergenerational family mission

Caring and volunteering has been part of the family’s legacy for generations. And over time, this important element of family bonding has become increasingly impactful for all those involved.

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Antonis Schwarz

Antonis Schwarz: More action – less labeling: Antonis Schwarz’s unique path to impact

When it comes to giving, philanthropist and impact investor Antonis Schwarz stands for more action and less labeling.

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Benjamin Firmenich

Benjamin Firmenich: Good investments – also for good causes

Providing direct loans to small- and medium-sized companies is the focus of Benjamin Firmenich’s approach to impact investing. Over the last ten years, he has continuously perfected this approach with a view to realizing both impact and return.

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Emine Sabancı Kamıslı

Emine Sabancı Kamıslı: New models for youth employment in Turkey

An entrepreneurial approach combined with a passion for the topic: How Emine Sabancı Kamıslı addresses one of Turkey’s most urgent social issues.

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Teresa Bracher

Teresa Bracher: “Do your research, please!”

Research served as the basis for Teresa Bracher and her family’s collaborative approach to philanthropy in the Brazilian Pantanal. Researchers had urged them to incorporate the local community in their activities – and their advice paid off in many different ways.

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Johan H. Andresen

Johan H. Andresen: Investing and giving – an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy

You don’t need to set up a foundation to be a strategic philanthropist. In fact, incorporating your philanthropy into your company might sometimes be a better solution – just ask Johan H. Andresen, owner of Ferd, one of the largest privately held investment companies in Norway.

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Laurent Leksell

Laurent Leksell: Social impact bonds: Bringing innovation to the welfare state

Laurent Leksell is the founder and principal shareholder of the Swedish med-tech company Elekta, and founder of the social impact investment company Leksell Social Ventures, which focuses on market-based levers of change and social impact bonds.

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Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Tsitsi Masiyiwa: Philanthropy driven by experience and a deep faith

Tsitsi Masiyiwa’s story shows how a simple desire to help can evolve into a strategic approach to philanthropy.

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Elie Horn

Elie Horn: "Do good! Just do good!"
Philanthropy is deeply rooted in Elie Horn's family. Despite his business success, he has remained modest, because "money is made to invest in poor people".

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Caroline Spiegel
André Hoffmann

André Hoffmann: Biodiversity: Philanthropy as a catalyst for innovation

Like his father, André Hoffmann wants to preserve biodiversity. But in order to remain successful in this mission, he has to be innovative.

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Nicole Rycroft

Nicole Rycroft: Changing the systems that drive the loss of our forests

A major break in Nicole Rycroft’s life helped her develop a new vision for her philanthropic endeavors. Today, she helps corporate decision makers drive climate solutions and conservation.

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Frederik Paulsen

Frederik Paulsen: When adventure and philanthropy meet

Deeply worried by the effects of climate change, Frederik Paulsen, a Swedish entrepreneur and explorer, now uses his many expeditions to gain a better scientific understanding of the issues, and to search for possible solutions.

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Our philanthropy advisors

Inspired by generations of philanthropic giving by LGT's owner family, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein, our advisory team supports philanthropists at all stages of their philanthropic journey. Together, we seek solutions to help families maximize their positive social and environmental impact and to engage with, and learn from, peers and experts through our philanthropists' network. Our offering is geared to both seasoned philanthropists and clients who are starting out their journey, as well as those wanting to involve the next generation in their philanthropy.

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Nina Hoas, Head Philanthropy Advisory

Nina Hoas, Head Philanthropy Advisory
"Philanthropists are increasingly looking for new ways to change whole systems and align their businesses with their philanthropic aspirations. I’m excited and privileged to be part of their journey."

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Caroline Spiegel
Silvia Bastante de Unverhau, Senior Advisor

Silvia Bastante de Unverhau, Senior Advisor
"I’m excited to support philanthropists at any stage of their journey to have greater impact, and to promote systems-changing and collaborative philanthropy.”

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Julia Kleiser, Philanthropy Advisor

Julia Kleiser, Philanthropy Advisor
"I'm passionate about helping our clients practice thoughtful philanthropy and having the greatest possible impact with their giving."

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