• Organization TypeFoundation
  • Staff6-25
  • Founded1999

UBS Optimus Foundation

The UBS Optimus Foundation makes UBS unique in the financial industry. Because only UBS has a foundation that is staffed by leading experts in philanthropy and has a client offering designed to deliver measurable, long-term benefits to the world's most vulnerable children. At the Foundation, they recognize that their clients want to use their wealth for good and to catalyze positive social change. By connecting them with outstanding entrepreneurs who share that vision, they help them achieve their philanthropic goals. They take the business-minded approach to philanthropy you'd expect from UBS. Their global coverage, proven expertise and unrivaled knowledge enable them to transform good ideas into great projects. They know that even the best concepts need the right guidance, and they never assume a project will work just because it seems like the obvious solution. In fact, they challenge project assumptions rigorously - only 5% meet their tough standards. And UBS is so confident about those projects they select that it co-funds them. This maximizes their projects' reach and ensures they make a sustainable and significant impact. Best of all, they guarantee that 100% of all donations go to projects that benefit children, because UBS covers all their costs. Vision A world where all children can reach their full potential. Mission Ensuring children are safe, healthy, educated - and ready for their future. Grant areas Based on detailed landscaping studies, and often building on their existing relationships with partners and their extensive networks, they search for interventions and partners who offer something special. This can be an inspiring entrepreneur or a new technology or intervention model that bridges a gap that’s preventing children from thriving. They focus their support on the areas of Health, Education (including Early Childhood Development), Child Protection and a child-specific response to emergencies.
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Staff at UBS Optimus Foundation have experience in


  • reproductive health
  • research & development
  • development
  • infectious disease
  • tertiary education


  • rockefeller foundation
  • children's investment fund foundation (ciff)
  • ford foundation
  • wellcome trust


  • united states
  • ghana
  • india
  • switzerland
  • bangladesh


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

In the News

Sponsored by UBS Optimus Foundation

Opinion: Why development impact bonds could become a lot more important

24 February 2021
Sponsored by UBS Optimus Foundation

Accelerating impact: COVID-19 and the future of outcomes-based financing

28 September 2020
Produced in Partnership: Maternity Matters

Opinion: Bridging the financing gap to save lives

2 October 2019
Maternity Matters: Sponsored by MSD for Mothers

The role of data in innovative financing for maternal health

28 November 2019
Sponsored by MSD for Mothers: Maternity Matters: Funding the Future

Q&A: The need for more early stage investment in RMNCAH solutions

18 December 2020
The future of education

Can development impact bonds transform education?

28 March 2019


Reproductive Health
Research & Development
Monitoring / Evaluation
Personnel / Human Resources
Vulnerable Groups
Banking & Finance Budgeting

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Company Offices

  • Switzerland (headquarters)
  • Zurich
  • Augustinerhof 1 8001
  • Zürich Postfach 8098