Our local grant programs
Empowering young people
In Spain, Japan, and the Isle of Man, we are collaborating with Junior Achievement to give young people the tools and resources they need to start their careers. In Italy with ActionAid and in Sweden with Mentor Sverige Insamlingsstiftelse, our programs are supporting vulnerable young people through mentoring, workshops, and training to help them into the world of work. We have also launched our first regional grant in Latin America with Foundation Forge, focusing on education and career opportunities for the next generation. In Argentina, our grant enables Fundación Pléroma to help young people from vulnerable social contexts prepare for the labor market. In Ireland, together with University College Dublin, we are aiming to close the socio-economic gap on education outcomes for young people in the Irish system. In Hong Kong, with Breakthrough Ltd, our grant program supports a sustainable future for younger generations. In Bermuda, through the Family Centre’s Beyond Rugby program, we are helping to create better outcomes for young people.
Our local grant programs
Enabling women to reach their full potential
In Poland, with CPK, we are taking a stand for women in need and addressing violence against women. In Slovakia and Mexico, in collaboration with Aj Ty v IT and Universidad Tecmilenio D.R. Ensenanza e Investigacion Superior A.C, our programs are encouraging girls and women to consider STEM training and careers.
Our local grant programs
Providing equal opportunities to minorities
In Brazil, our program is promoting the personal and professional development of minorities in collaboration with Instituto Techmail. In Australia, we are working with Beyond Empathy to support young Aboriginal people through art projects, empowering them to tell stories that many of us will have never heard. In the US, we have started a collaboration with Year-Up to create opportunities for people of color.
Our local grant programs
Helping vulnerable children live the childhood they deserve
In New Zealand – together with Variety, the Children’s Charity – we are focusing on child poverty by providing basic needs to help children get the right start in life. In Switzerland, with the Ombuds Office for Children’s Rights Switzerland, we are helping children get their voices heard and to know and understand their rights. In Singapore, in collaboration with the Children’s Cancer Foundation Singapore, our grant supports children dealing with cancer in getting back into the education system.
A more inclusive society
Enabling social equity
Our foundation wants to help create a society of equal opportunity, a world in which those on the fringes can step into the light. We are building platforms for those without a voice.
At the Z Zurich Foundation, we’re coming together to help the vulnerable become empowered.
Our local grant programs
Through our local grants programs, we support Zurich business units across the world in tackling local societal issues to enable social equity.
Our local programs initiative provides practical support and funding to help Zurich business units initiate long-term, strategic relationships with local community organizations.
All programs must align with our strategy, engage employees through the donation of time and talent, and respect local cultures and priorities.
As part of our approach, we like to identify and facilitate further charitable opportunities to add value. This could include in-kind donations of Zurich’s products, use of Zurich’s premises, facilitating introductions for supported organizations to Zurich’s wider business networks, undertaking capacity audits and seconding Zurich employees to help address identified gaps, or even encouraging Zurich senior employees to accept positions on management committee/board of trustees of organizations we work with.
All our local grant programs are developed in collaboration with the local Zurich offices and/or in collaboration with Zurich Santander Insurance America SL. local offices
Argentina - Helping young people prepare for the labor market
A three-year grant to promote and enhance employment opportunities for those most in need, in collaboration with Zurich Santander Seguros Argentina S.A and the Fundación Pléroma.
The Fundación Pléroma’s Empujar program is made up of a group of local companies that have come together with the mission of promoting and enhancing employment opportunities for young people from vulnerable social contexts. Their collective aim is to strengthen cooperation between community groups that promote local development through the training and development of young people. The intended beneficiaries are students living in the vicinity of the headquarters of the supporting companies. Through the Empujar program, beneficiaries are matched with volunteering professionals.
Australia - Supporting youth through mentoring
A five-year grant to support youth mental wellbeing through high school mentoring and capacity building, in collaboration with the Raise Foundation.
After a successful three-year collaboration, we have renewed our commitment to enabling the Raise Foundation to expand their work and fulfil their ambition of having their mentoring program available in every public high school in the country by 2024.
Brazil - Empowering minorities
A three-year grant to promote the personal and professional development of minorities, in collaboration with Instituto Techmail.
Instituto Techmail’s apprenticeship program is helping young people with their social and personal development, equipping them with the kind of specific knowledge, skills and attitudes that can transform their lives and help them to fulfil their potential, in turn making them an agent for social transformation in their own communities. Our local grant program will fund four classes per year, with each class receiving 30 students from the identified minority groups.
Hong Kong - Supporting a sustainable future for the next generation
A three-year grant to empower younger generations, in collaboration with Breakthrough Ltd.
With this local grant we are supporting two youth empowerment programs, ‘MineCity’ and ‘Trial & Error Lab’. The former targets primary and secondary school-aged youngsters by engaging them in community activities and opening their eyes to the needs of the underprivileged people in our society. The latter targets high school students and young people who are following an unconventional career path, such as in the arts, and giving them the kind of guidance that will help them live out their dreams in the future.
Isle of Man - Investing in the future prospects of young peopleA five-year grant to support a career education program in collaboration with Junior Achievement.
‘Learn to Earn’ is a career education program provided in all schools across the island for students aged 13 to 14. The program is helping young people understand their career options, as well as practice various employability skills, including presentations, CV writing and interviewing. Our funding also contributes towards ‘Our World’, a financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills program offered in schools for children aged between 9 and 11. It includes a trading game that’s helping to introduce young people to the important concepts behind modern, international business.
Latin America - Focusing on education and career opportunities for youth
A three-year grant to help young Latin Americans prepare for the labor market. It is our first regional local grant in Latin America, in collaboration with several Zurich local offices, Zurich Santander Insurance America S.L and the Foundation Forge.
“Skills for the Future” is a program aiming to reduce the gap between the skills of young people from vulnerable communities and the labor market they will face. Through this program, we are hoping to support the personal and professional development of more than 84,000 young people across Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay.
New Zealand - Focusing on child poverty
Singapore - Supporting children dealing with cancer in getting back into the education systemA two-year grant to help children dealing with cancer reach their full potential, in collaboration with the Children’s Cancer Foundation Singapore.
The Children’s Cancer Foundation’s academic learning and support program focuses on helping young cancer survivors make that important next step in their lives. This is a program helping children back into school to get the education that’s going to stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.
Spain - Focusing on youth empowerment
Switzerland - Supporting children's rights
Australia - Supporting the empowerment of young Aboriginal peopleA two-year grant to support and empower young Aboriginal people in collaboration with Beyond Empathy.
Following the success of “Excursions,” we are keen to continue supporting Australian arts organisation Beyond Empathy. “Parting” is a project that will center on grief and loss, themes that are very important in aboriginal culture. As with Beyond Empathy’s other endeavors, this is about giving young people the chance to tell the stories that many of us will have never heard.
Austria - Providing access to prevention, diagnosis and therapy for disadvantaged young people
A five-year grant to increase health competence with young people as a success factor for workplace integration with Verein T.I.W.
With this grant, we are taking a stand for disadvantaged youth and their health care and health education needs. This local program will also support the establishment and operation of the “T.I.W. Gesundheitszentrum powered by Z Zurich Foundation” (T.I.W. Health Care Center) in Vienna, open to young people in these programs.
Through a previous three-year grant with Verein T.I.W, we worked with people facing limited prospects of finding employment.
Canada - Empowering the next generation to succeed
A five-year grant to help students build resilience and take control of their finances and career paths. with Junior Achievement.
Through this program, volunteers from Zurich Canada are inspiring students in grades seven to 12 by delivering Junior Achievement (JA) programs focused on money management, work-readiness and entrepreneurship. Working with approximately 200 Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students, Zurich employees will deliver four JA work-readiness programs over two school years. These students will take part in several programs and events that focus on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, career options and more. Students will also have the opportunity to win one of five post-secondary scholarships.
Ireland - Fostering education resilienceA four-year grant to close the socio-economic gap on education outcomes for young people in the Irish educational system, in collaboration with University College Dublin.
The “Power to Progress” program seeks to foster educational resilience in the Irish educational system with a three-year intervention plan for senior cycle DEIS school students, and by informing on educational policy for future students via an integrated four-year PhD. The program aims to transform the lives of 600 pupils, and positively impact many more people, including the teacher participants, and those benefiting from the eventual policy reform this program seeks to bring about. It will build on the learning and support generated by the national campaign Tackle Your Feelings.
Italy - Focusing on team work to overcome youth unemployment
A three-year grant to empower young Italians to get the right start in life, in collaboration with ActionAid.
‘Lavoro di Squadra’ (‘teamwork’ in Italian) is a program which targets motivated young people who are currently not in education, employment or training, and who are struggling to move forward. This is about helping people back into the worlds of work and/or learning through the practice of sports, motivational and self-empowerment activities and training courses.
Mexico - Supporting gender diversity in STEMA three-year grant to support initiatives to increase the number of girls enrolled in STEM subjects, in collaboration with Universidad Tecmilenio D.R. Ensenanza e Investigacion Superior A.C.
The program aims to inspire 1,000 girls to study STEM subjects, help them shatter glass ceilings and close the gender gap in the world of work. Our funding is allocated to supporting teams to enter the FIRST competition. To get support via this local grant program, each team needs to be comprised of at least 50 percent girls. The FIRST competition motivates young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
Poland - Addressing violence against women
A five-year grant in collaboration with Fundacja Centrum Praw Kobiet (Center for Women's Rights – CPK).
With this grant, we are taking a stand for women in need and will be establishing a new local Women’s Rights Center in Krakow. This center aims to empower women (and their children) who are victims of domestic violence by providing counselling, mental health services, as well as legal, life and career advice. Going forward, we will together establish the basis of a sustainable funding model for the center.
Slovakia - Encouraging young women to consider STEM studies and careers
A five-year grant to empower young girls and teenagers to choose STEM as a career, in collaboration with Aj Ty v IT.
This grant will help Aj Ty v IT expand its program to regional cities in Slovakia to reach more girls at an early age, and to encourage teachers and other stakeholders to become involved. Our grant is intended to provide a support structure for female IT students at universities. We’re looking to develop more strategic tools to create a step change, including an educational roadmap, an awareness campaign and a network to support female students.
Sweden - Mentoring vulnerable young people
Turkey – Training women teachers as social entrepreneurs
A six-year program to support female teachers in the first year of their career, in collaboration with Türk Eğitim Derneği (Turkish Education Association).
“Our Teachers: Insurance of Education” is a program with the ambition of supporting 1,000 female teachers assigned to villages/small towns in the first year of their career by offering tailored personal and professional development plans. The objective is to try to reduce the environmental, physical and professional challenges experienced by the teachers, to enhance their knowledge, and to improve the confidence and motivation of these people that play such a critical part in children’s education and future. In addition to teachers, this program will also directly impact more than 30,000 children, and indirectly impact 150,000 family members.