How the Foundation works
The BCV Foundation was created in 1995 with funding from BCV, although it is a separate legal entity from the Bank. It makes donations every year to outreach and charity organizations, cultural projects, and academic research programs.
Since its creation, the Foundation has donated some CHF 9 million to around 90 associations, helping them realize some rather ambitious projects.
In 2017, the Foundation awarded a total of CHF 360,000 Swiss francs to four projects: one for research, two run by socially-minded organizations, and one in the field of the arts.
The Foundation looks for ambitious, long-term projects that are clearly defined and have a realistic budget. Scientific and social projects are also selected based on the extent to which they will serve the public good.
The Foundation's board is made up of between five and nine members appointed by BCV and includes representatives from Vaud's cultural, scientific and social circles. It is the board members who choose the candidates each year.