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?

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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


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Your contact person


Sally Peggs

Philanthropy Manager

Partnerships | Legacies

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