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year 2023-2024

Focus on Theory of Change 
2023 series of events

This year, Le Cercle is focusing on the theme of theory of change in philanthropy. A theory of change defines long-term goals and maps backwards to identify necessary preconditions, interventions, and indicators to drive social change. Our programming, events, and resources in 2023 will explore why theory of change matters, how to develop one, and how it leads to more strategic, effective philanthropy. From workshops to webinars examining case studies, we will engage our network on how to apply theory of change thinking in their work. We aim to promote more rigorous evaluation, clarity of purpose, and alignment of activities among philanthropy practitioners. Our membership has valuable insights to share on theory of change across the sector. Join us this year as we delve into this crucial framework for social impact!
January 2024
Explore Theory of change workshops
Monday, Jan 29, 2024, 20:00
Speaker: Tania Murphy
February 2024
Mark your calendars for second workshop on Theory of change with Tania Murphy
Le Cercle in Basel
Le Cercle in Basel on 26 April 2024
We are excited to finally organize Le Cercle’s first event in the german-speaking part. Our member Abel Mon Jardin has launched Philalia last year, and is hosting us for an afterwork in Philalia's exclusive premises in Basel’s Freie Strasse. At the event, we will have the privilege to hear from our member Kiara Marvuglio about Fondation Botnar's strategy process.
Save the date of 26 April to join us in Basel from 5.30pm - or online if you cannot make it over the Röstigraben.
General Assembly 21 June 2024
Our annual General Assembly will be held on 21 June 2024 in Geneva (hybrid can be organized upon members requests). Besides the usual agenda items, we will be presenting the Theory of Change, elect new board members (see next point), and decide about our next focus topic – ideas are most welcome!
Would you be willing to host us for the General Assembly? All we need is a room to host around 20 to 30 people for the late afternoon/evening. If you have an idea, please get in touch with Alex (

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2023 Past events

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The Role of Empathy in Philanthropy
Le Cercle de la Philanthropie

The Role of Empathy in Philanthropy 

Monday, October 16, 2023, 18:30
Speaker: Dr. Anita Nowak, Faculty at McGill Executive Institute

Discover the Power of Empathy in Philanthropy We are excited to invite you to an illuminating event on the role of empathy in philanthropy. Join us for an evening with Dr. Anita Nowak, award-winning educator and author, who will share insights from her Purposeful Empathy framework.

Event Details: Topic: The Role of Empathy in Philanthropy Speaker: Dr. Anita Nowak, Faculty at McGill Executive Institute Date: Monday, October 16 Time: 6:30pm, followed by reception Location: Room M R060, Uni Mail, University of Geneva
In an era of unprecedented intergenerational wealth transfer yet divide over values, cultivating empathy is crucial. Through her neuroscience and positive psychology-based approach, Dr. Nowak will provide actionable tools to become a more empathic leader able to tackle today's social and environmental challenges. You will learn: - A six-step practice for purposeful empathy - Ways to infuse more empathy into your philanthropy Dr. Nowak is the founder of Purposeful Empathy by Design and author of "Purposeful Empathy: Tapping Our Hidden Superpower For Personal, Organizational, and Social Change" published in April 2023. This collaborative event is hosted by Le Cercle de la Philanthropie, McGill Alumni Association, the DAS in Philanthropy program, and the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy. Registration is free but mandatory. Reserve your spot to gain insights into making philanthropy more empathetic: Register Here: [Link] We hope you will join us for this meaningful discussion! Please share the invitation with your network.

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