The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
An interview with Matthieu Calame, Director of the foundation.
Online podcast prepared for the radio program L'ours et la carotte on Radio Omega.
The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind -FPH- is a grantmaking Swiss foundation that supports the actions of civil society movements and organisations in favour of a social and ecological transition.
The FPH was created in 1982 under Swiss law and is monitored by the supervisory board for foundations of western Switzerland. Its headquarters are in Lausanne.
The foundation’s resources are derived from income from the estate of Charles Léopold Mayer (1881-1971). A Frenchman of Irish extraction, Mayer was a chemical engineer, investor and humanist. After amassing a fortune, he placed it at the service of innovative scientific and humanistic projects. Charles Léopold Mayer is the author of several works, many on the theme of ‘drivers of progress’.
The value of the patrimony is of 400 M CHF at the end of 2017, and is invested in property and financial assets that provide it with a stable annual income of ten million Swiss francs.