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

Partnership with Heidelberg University’s Center for Social Investment

Amsterdam, 25 September 2012

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

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

About ABN AMRO Private Banking

ABN AMRO Private Banking is the international wealth-management division of ABN AMRO Bank with EUR146 bln of total assets under management, offering more than 120,000 high-net-worth individuals a full range of banking, investment management, financial and estate planning products and solutions. Our domestic and international offices in 10 markets worldwide employ over 4,000 professionals and include the respected private banks ABN AMRO MeesPierson in the Netherlands, Bethmann Bank in Germany and Neuflize OBC in France. We are the third largest private bank in the Eurozone, 7th largest in Europe and enjoy a strong position in Asia. For more information on our Institutions & Charities division and expertise in foundations, please visit ww.abnamroprivatebanking.com/en/services-for-you/institutions-and-charities

About Heidelberg University and its Center for Social Investment

Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University is Germany’s oldest and top ranked academic institution. As a research university with a strong international orientation, it has 12 faculties with over 29,000 students and over 5,000 research and teaching staff, including 420 professors. Its Center for Social Investment (CSI) was created in 2006 to further the knowledge and understanding of private action for public benefit, in particular the types, roles, and contributions of social investment, philanthropy, civil society and social economic institutions in Europe and beyond. It has since become one of the world’s leading research bodies in this area. For more information on CSI, please visit www.csi.uni-heidelberg.de.

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