How we work

From idea to impact

Traditionally, giving is an impulse from the heart, inspired by generosity. Philanthropy ought to nourish this. Yet it is equally important to aim for effectiveness and sustainability. Faced with this reality, we support and forge innovative models, and leverage entrepreneurial approaches for improving society.

Our approach

Design. Test. Learn. Scale.

Creating greater impact requires focus and strategic thinking. Together with our partners from civil society, other foundations, business and government, we identify solutions to key social challenges.

As a laboratory that cross-fertilizes ideas and experience, we believe that our own brand of philanthropy can provide a unique contribution to the public good. We become stronger by treating each new project as a prototype with specific objectives, key performance indicators (KPIs) and impact measurement.

We apply a business mindset to doing good. We celebrate diversity. We go where others don’t.

1. Identify a need
2. Cocreate a solution
3. Launch a pilot
4. Evaluate & adjust
5. Scale for greater impact

Flagship programmes

Our approach and the programs we support encourage a dynamic and interactive learning relationship with our partners.
2nd Chance
2nd Chance is a charity that fights for access to reconstructive surgery in disadvantaged and post-conflict regions of the world.
Philanthropy Chair - ESSEC Business School
Strengthen the positive impact of European philanthropy through research, teaching and advocacy. Such is the ambition of the Philanthropy Chair of ESSEC.
Foundation Adolphe de Rothschild Hospital
The Foundation Adolphe de Rothschild Hospital is a university hospital at the forefront of care, research, and cooperation on eye and brain diseases.
The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship
Creating an international network of leaders for social change: this is the challenge set by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations with its AdR Fellowship program.
Ier Acte
Supporting young talented actors whose diverse social, cultural & ethnic backgrounds have limited their access to the professional world of theater—this is the objective of 1er Acte.
The School of Philanthropy
With a focus on 8 to 11-year-olds, the School of Philanthropy works with teachers and educators to ensure that the next generation is enlightened and socially engaged.
ERFIP - Empower Families for Innovative Philanthropy
A unique knowledge platform and "do tank" by and for families from Frontier Markets
An entrepreneur support program for socially responsable Spanish growth, supported by UnLtd Spain and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.
Maze X
Maze X is a startup accelerator programme designed to put ambitious impact start-ups on the road to becoming impact unicorns.
The first French incubator completely dedicated to accelerating startups in cutting-edge technology for public interest with a personalized program for entrepreneurs
An educational and artistic training program linking the creative process with social impact.