ABN AMRO Private Banking sponsors Heidelberg University's Center for Social Investment for research into high impact philanthropy

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ABN AMRO Private Banking announces the launch of a global partnership with Heidelberg University’s Center for Social Investment (CSI), which will fund innovative research into high impact philanthropy in social, environmental and educational projects.


Heidelberg University is Germany’s oldest and top ranked academic institution. Its CSI was created in 2006 and is one of the world’s leading research bodies into the work of international charitable foundations. CSI has previously published research on the Bernard van Leer Foundation in the Netherlands, Mercator’s Forderunterricht Foundation in Germany and the UK’s Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

The partnership is part of ABN AMRO Private Banking’s continuous drive to enhance its offering to institutions and charities, a core client segment in which it has a strong competitive position in Europe. Clients, prospects and staff of the private bank will gain privileged access to CSI’s expertise through the partnership, via bespoke workshops, training sessions and specialised publications. The bank will fund specific research, as well as the development of case studies for educational purposes.

Jeroen Rijpkema, Chief Executive Officer of ABN AMRO Private Banking, commented:
“This partnership will support CSI’s ground-breaking research into social, environmental and educational philanthropy. It will also further strengthen our services and advisory capabilities for institutions and charities, whose directors are not necessarily finance professionals and require trusted advice as well as financial expertise to ensure their funding is well directed, soundly managed and has maximum impact. CSI’s insights will also help us better support high net worth clients who are considering establishing a charitable foundation.”

Dr Volker Then, Managing Director Heidelberg University’s CSI, said: “CSI is delighted to enter this funding cooperation which allows us to strengthen a field of social investment research we have built over the last few years. We are also particularly pleased about the comparative European dimension of this project, which we believe offers great potential to identify paths for social innovation and private contributions to the public good in Europe. As a university centre, which is largely privately funded, we are at the same time proud to be part of this civil society sector.”

For further information, please contact:
ABN AMRO Press Relations Alex Evans +44 (0)20 3192 9417
Heidelberg University CSI Dr Volker Then +49 (0)6221 54 11955

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