Who We Are
A letter from our Founders
The Erol Foundation was founded on lessons learned from the past. While human activities create social progress, they generate important externalities and inequalities that need to be addressed, today more than ever. After decades of environmental and social negligence from business, governments and society at large, Erol is our attempt to correct the course while we still have time.
Our support for this work comes with a heavy dose of humility. We are not experts. We are not practitioners. We do not attempt to prescribe solutions. Instead, we rely on a network of trusted advisors and peers to help us source and fund projects that will make an impact…fast. Because what we are, is impatient! And we know that today’s challenges will pale in comparison with tomorrow’s.
To that end, we believe a holistic approach to social change is necessary. Treating the most visible symptoms of global consumption — deforestation, poaching, pollution, poverty — will only slow its devastating effects. We also need to understand the root causes and have the courage to address them head on.
Bottom line: it’s time to completely rethink how we live on this planet, and how we value its resources. And we invite you to join us.
Julie & Sebastien
Erol hosted a Climate & Capital conference alongside COP21 in Paris, convening influential asset owners and managers to leverage their investments toward sustainability.
In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Erol sponsored and participated in a mental health training for survivors and their caregivers.
For Erol, social impact is best experienced and understood firsthand. Here, the family traveled to Alaska, exploring the impacts of industrial development on its pristine waterways.
While we know systems change often takes years or even decades to realize, on so many issues, we believe the time is NOW. We look for projects that leverage a critical moment in time, where rapid change is expected. Erol has realigned our funding to support projects with a 1-2 year social return on investment.
We employ a proactive approach to grantmaking and are intentional about each individual funding decision. Relying on both internal resources and external networks, we do the active work to find the projects and partners that align with our strategy. Our role is to be an enabler and an accelerator, providing financial support and learning what we can to improve future grantmaking and facilitate fruitful connections along the way.
Accountability in Action
Once we enter into a partnership, we collaborate with our grantees to determine the most appropriate metrics and milestones for measuring success within the terms of our grant. Our aim is to learn alongside our partners, celebrating key accomplishments and digging in to understand inevitable failures. We build accountability into our process every step of the way.
The Erol Foundation is a Geneva based, Swiss regulated non-profit organization with a global scope and special interest in emerging and developing countries. Our projects are selected with this perspective in mind.