Your legacy can make a big difference

Many people want to leave something lasting behind and change the world beyond their own lives.

By leav­ing a lega­cy or be­quest to the Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion Zurich, you sup­port the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich in its ef­forts to find so­lu­tions for a fair and sus­tain­able so­ci­ety. You help find an­swers to the most press­ing ques­tions of our time, so that every­one, es­pe­cial­ly the next gen­er­a­tion, can ben­e­fit from the re­search find­ings and live in a bet­ter world.

The De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich is one of the lead­ing re­search de­part­ments world­wide and plays a pi­o­neer­ing role in the eco­nom­ic sci­ences. The re­searchers’ for­ward-think­ing at­ti­tude and mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary ap­proach guar­an­tee cut­ting-edge re­search re­sults. The de­part­ment of­fers di­rec­tion - for stu­dents, so­ci­ety, lead­ers, and pol­i­cy mak­ers.

Design a bit of the future as you envision it

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Where do you want to make a dif­fer­ence? Which re­search top­ics are close to your heart? Or would you pre­fer to sup­port young re­searchers and en­able them to change the world?

With a tes­ta­men­tary dis­po­si­tion, you can rest as­sured that your ideas for the fu­ture will be put into ac­tion. By set­tling your in­her­i­tance, you can be cer­tain that your as­sets will one day be used as you see fit.

If you are con­sid­er­ing leav­ing a gift to the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics in your will, we would be pleased to talk to you about your wish­es and in­ten­tions. We are un­able to of­fer le­gal or fi­nan­cial ad­vice but are hap­py to help you trans­late your ideas into ac­tion. Please let us know how we should con­tact you.


In gen­er­al, the foun­da­tion of­fers three ways of how your gift can sup­port the De­part­ment:
projects, pro­fes­sor­ships, and schol­ar­ships.

Benefit from our Legacy Circle

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Take part in an an­nu­al ex­change of knowl­edge and re­search find­ings, re­ceive our mag­a­zine with in­for­ma­tion on our re­search projects and re­sults, and be our guest at pub­lic lec­tures with (fu­ture) No­bel Prize win­ners and im­por­tant opin­ion lead­ers and de­ci­sion mak­ers from sci­ence and in­dus­try.

By in­clud­ing the Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion Zurich as a ben­e­fi­cia­ry in your will or life in­sur­ance pol­i­cy, you be­come a mem­ber of the Lega­cy Cir­cle.

Please let us know of your in­ten­tions. We look for­ward to meet­ing you!

Your last will and testament

Would you like to in­clude the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich in your will?

If you wish to in­clude the Uni­ver­si­ty Zurich’s De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics in your will, please name the Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion Zurich as the ben­e­fi­cia­ry of your tes­ta­men­tary dis­po­si­tion. In this way, you can en­sure that your lega­cy or in­her­i­tance will ben­e­fit the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics.

The Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion Zurich is the foun­da­tion of the De­part­ment. It is tax-ex­empt and re­li­gious­ly and po­lit­i­cal­ly neu­tral. Its founder is Prof. Ernst Fehr, who es­tab­lished the foun­da­tion in 2011 with the ob­jec­tive of cre­at­ing a Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence in Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich in or­der to pro­vide ide­al con­di­tions for cut­ting edge in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary re­search.

Your lega­cy can be ear­marked for a spe­cif­ic project of your choice or it can be used by the Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion for a non-ear­marked pur­pose. It is also pos­si­ble to es­tab­lish per­son­al name or theme funds with­in the Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion.


Possibilities for your involvement


Are there themes that you con­sid­er to be par­tic­u­lar­ly im­por­tant and where you would like to sup­port re­search? Tai­lor-made part­ner­ships are pos­si­ble at the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich.


By cre­at­ing new pro­fes­sor­ships, you en­able re­search in im­por­tant prob­lem ar­eas. Help find an­swers to the most press­ing ques­tions of our time.


The young tal­ents of to­day are lead­ing per­son­al­i­ties of to­mor­row. By grant­i­ng schol­ar­ships to grad­u­ate stu­dents, you help at­tract the best young re­searchers to Zurich.

Would you like to learn more about the re­searchers and their re­search projects? We would be hap­py to pro­vide you with in­for­ma­tion and would glad­ly sup­port you in putting your ideas into prac­tice.

We would like to thank you

If you have al­ready in­clud­ed the Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion in your will, we would like to thank you on be­half of the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics for your sup­port and trust. We would be very pleased if we could thank you per­son­al­ly and would be glad to of­fer you the ben­e­fits of the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics’ Lega­cy Cir­cle.

May we ex­press our grat­i­tude?


Le­gal in­for­ma­tion

The Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion is a char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion and is tax-ex­empt by de­cree of the Zurich Can­ton­al Tax Of­fice on 12 July 2011. There­fore, your do­na­tions to the foun­da­tions are also ex­empt from gift and in­her­i­tance tax. Gifts dur­ing your life­time can also be de­duct­ed (at least par­tial­ly) from your in­come.

We rec­om­mend that you con­sult a le­gal spe­cial­ist of your con­fi­dence who can give you ex­pert ad­vice in all the cru­cial ar­eas. Al­ter­na­tive­ly, the Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion Zurich will be hap­py to of­fer you a con­sul­ta­tion hour with an in­de­pen­dent le­gal ad­vi­sor and will also cov­er the costs. Please con­tact us if you wish to take ad­van­tage of this of­fer.


What can a legacy or inheritance achieve?

An ex­am­ple: In de­vel­op­ing coun­tries like Malawi, chil­dren are trapped in a vi­cious cir­cle from birth on­wards that makes it dif­fi­cult for them to es­cape pover­ty and un­der­de­vel­op­ment. This vi­cious cir­cle can only be bro­ken if the right in­ter­ven­tions are made for each child at the right time. In an on­go­ing project, the pi­lot phase of which was fi­nanced by a lega­cy from Paul Kar­rer, re­searchers at the Cen­ter for Child Well-be­ing and De­vel­op­ment are col­lect­ing data on bio­mark­ers of chil­dren and on the so­cial con­tacts of par­ents and chil­dren. It is the first project to use ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to en­able real-time pro­gram eval­u­a­tion and per­son­al­iza­tion across mul­ti­ple di­men­sions of child de­vel­op­ment in poor coun­tries.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the project


Your contact person

Sally Peggs

Phil­an­thropy Man­ag­er

Part­ner­ships | Lega­cies

Phone +41 44 634 57 99
Mo­bile +41 79 344 13 12

Is your de­sired area of sup­port not here? We look for­ward to hear­ing from you in or­der to find a suit­able so­lu­tion to­geth­er with you.