10 years of progress: Credit Suisse and the Roger Federer Foundation
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10 years of progress: Credit Suisse and the Roger Federer Foundation

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of Credit Suisse's partnership with the Roger Federer Foundation (RFF). The collaboration has helped numerous vulnerable children secure a stronger education and a better start in life.

Credit Suisse has a focus on education as a means to facilitating financial inclusion, globally; it is part of our corporate citizenship programs and one of our philanthropic priorities as a bank. Education is a cornerstone of closing socio-economic gaps in society and our work with the RFF has year after year been looking at improving education in the places that need it most.

For ten years, Credit Suisse has contributed USD 1 million per annum to the RFF and its philanthropic projects.

Janine Händel, Head of the RFF said: "Credit Suisse's long term commitment to philanthropic partnerships stands out and we have been delighted to work together to advance education in Africa. Changing children's lives and disrupting complex and longstanding education systems cannot be done in one year. This requires developing deep relationships, a local presence and trust between all the stakeholders. It also requires courage: courage to learn, break boundaries and innovate together."

The RFF runs systematic projects in seven countries: Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Switzerland. Since it began in 2003, the foundation has invested USD 50 million in initiatives that drive higher quality education. Over 1.5 million children from 7,000 schools and pre-schools have benefitted from these initiatives. The foundation also aims to empower systematic development and have a sustainable impact on communities by working with local organizations supporting citizen-led initiatives.

The foundation could not achieve its goals without direct involvement and contribution from its president, Roger Federer. He is much more than an ambassador and spokesperson, Roger is actively committed to the impact-driven philanthropy.

Philanthropy Forum in Cape Town, South Africa

The RFF has recently organized the 'Match in Africa', in partnership with several organizations, including Credit Suisse, for the benefit of the foundation. The tennis event took place in Cape Town on February 7, 2020, and set a record for the most attended tennis match played anywhere in the world with 51,954 spectators watching the match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The event raised a total of USD 3.5 million that will be donated to support education in rural South Africa.

The Credit Suisse Philanthropy Forum, a day before the match, gathered 133 Credit Suisse representatives and clients, to meet with Roger Federer and Janine Händel to discuss the growing need for charitable commitments and the future of philanthropy.

Philanthropy Forum in Cape Town, February 6, 2020