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.
The foundation provides structural, long-term support to organisations in civil society that contribute to cultural and political change.
This political and cultural dimension of change is an essential element of our approach. We strive to support and strengthen civil society, so that activists can step in when necessary change is being blocked by the systems in place—whether these obstacles be economic, cultural or political. When change encounters no resistance from the system, it is propagated naturally and does not require our support.
The foundation acts primarily, though not exclusively, in its own geographical and cultural space, i.e. Europe (particularly francophone countries), and francophone areas around the world. To be more international in scope, the foundation encourages its partners to form links with counterparts in other geo-cultural spaces.
Finally, the foundation is itself an actor in civil society and thus communicates with its counterparts, i.e. other foundations in Europe and across the globe.