Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Funding Models

Jun 8, 2023

In this episode of our Corporate Foundation convening series, we heard from JTI Foundation on their funding models journey and we discussed how to find the right balance between impact measurement and trust-based philanthropy (i.e., light-touch evaluation, non-restrictive funding, long term grants).


Guest Speaker:

Stefan Rissi, Head of Community Investment & Director of the JTI Foundation

Stefan Rissi studied at the universities of Zurich and Paris Sorbonne, and holds a PhD in philosophy. Between 2002 and 2004, he was editor at the Swiss National Science Foundation, and subsequently Dramaturg and strategic advisor at the Zurich Opera from 2004 until 2009. Since then, he has been global head of Community Investment at JTI, a multinational company based in Geneva, and Director of the JTI Foundation, a charitable foundation supporting disaster management programs across the globe. He holds a DAS in Nonprofit Management and Law from the Center for Philanthropy Studies, Basel. Stefan Rissi is a member of the board of directors of the Fondation Suisse du Service Social International; the Vice President of the Board of the Béatrice Hoffman Foundation; and a member of the Steering Group of B4SI in London.

The JTI Foundation is a non-profit organization registered under Swiss law, which is financially endowed and managed by JTI. Its mission is to help victims of natural or man-made disasters improve their quality of life. We focus on partnerships to support emergency relief programs, and we build long-term disaster risk reduction programs. We consider disaster risk reduction a critical element of any sustainable development program. For more information, please visit

Click here to read our write-up of the event.