The Jacobs Foundation 2020

The Jacobs Foundation was established in 1989 by Klaus J. Jacobs and his family. We seek to benefit future generations by providing children and young people with better opportunities for development, so that they can become productive and socially responsible members of society.

Our Mission

By 2020, we aim to have become the key organization linking excellent research with improving, globally, the development of children and young people under the age of 12. That means focussing our efforts on effective implementation, dialogue and advocacy. As a research-informed organization, we will base our funding decisions on solid evidence and will use comprehensive approaches to secure systemic change.

Three big themes

We are focussing on three big themes. Our first priority, “Science of Learning”, is to fund new research into how individual children can learn better.
Our second priority theme is “Early Childhood Education and Care”. This focusses on developing exemplary best practice in the northern hemisphere, in Switzerland and Germany, with the learning disseminated to other European countries.
Our third theme looks to the southern hemisphere where we will support improvements in “Rural Livelihoods” in Ivory Coast, whose benefits will be shared with other West African countries.

Worldwide network

We have established a worldwide network of the most talented people in child and youth development. Linking researchers, journalists, practitioners, social entrepreneurs and politicians will strengthen our alumni activities. Strategic partnerships with institutions from the private and public sector will help us to increase the effectiveness of our programs.

Leveraging impact

Furthermore, we aim to leverage our impact and our core funding by encouraging co-investments, by using impact investment finance and by harnessing all our skills to provide services. We will use our highly regarded reputation and brand to target communications in ways that help key people to make the most of learning from our projects and initiatives.

Learning organization

The knowledge sharing starts with us—we are a learning organization with an agile management culture. We actively manage knowledge. We are keen to experiment and learn from successes, failures and feedback. The Jacobs Foundation seeks to be a partner of choice within the Third Sector.

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the Jacobs Foundation’s supreme decision-making body. More

Management

Management

The Management of the Jacobs Foundation leads all activities of the foundation on behalf of the Board of Trustees. More

Jacobs Haus

Jacobs Haus

The Jacobs Haus at Seefeldquai in Zurich - a lively place for inspired discourse on questions of child and youth development. Lectures, workshops and events allow for dialog and reflection. More

Johann Jacobs Museum

Johann Jacobs Museum

Since 2013, it has been dedicated to exploring and depicting the complex history of global trade routes – with a particular emphasis on coffee and cocoa, but also including such related goods as oil, rubber, diamonds, cotton and tobacco, which are among the basic commodities of modern life. More

Jacobs University

Jacobs University

We have provided a significant amount of funding to demonstrate that support from a private entity can be effective in higher education. More