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Our Vision

A world where people who face social and environmental issues are empowered to resolve them sustainably.

Our Mission

We are committed to improving the livelihoods, health and education of underprivileged people and to protecting human rights as well as the environment by providing the support, training and resources necessary for creating sustainable solutions through the setup of social enterprises.

Our Concept

The main objective is to break the cycle of dependency in order to create sustainable impact. Impact Corner empowers people in need to solve the problems by themselves.

It achieves this by incubating and supporting social ventures. After a thorough due diligence, Impact Corner provides these enterprises with the financial means, the network, know-how and coaching necessary to ensure a sustainable and ideally replicable solution, where people in need are empowered to live a self-determined life. Jobs are being created and funds generated from these businesses contribute to the development of the local community. The people once in need gain power over their situation - and more!

By sharing their knowledge and resources with other communities yet struggling, they play an important role in amplifying the positive impact when we start replicating the concept also in other locations. In turn, these other communities, once settled, pass on their support as well. A movement is ignited, spreading around the world, passing on the good. Because we will not stop until social and environmental issues are eradicated!

Who we are

Impact Corner is a charity movement, an international nonprofit organization based in Zurich, Switzerland, which incubates and supports ventures aimed at tackling issues with regards to poverty, health, education and the environment. Next to the Board and Management Team listed below, our movement consists of passionate volunteers all around the world, striving to empower people in need.
Verena Neumann
“I am inspired by Impact Corner's inclusive approach, where the beneficiaries become an integral part of the solution. It is truly motivating to work for an organization which is committed to moving beyond the status quo, and pioneering a new concept with powerful results.“
Verena has 13 years extensive experience in project management, covering a wide area of topics such as the execution of international trade show participations for IWC Schaffhausen in Hongkong and Geneva or the product development of merchandising articles at Mercedes-Benz. Besides her job duties, Verena has been taking part in a variety of corporate volunteering programs. Education is of special importance to her. She believes, that access to knowledge is key to ending inequalities and giving everyone the chance to flourish. While still at school, Verena was coaching children to improve their grades and help them gain confidence in their own skills. She continued developing young people when taking over the mentor role for apprentices at Mercedes-Benz. Verena is currently doing a part-time Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of St. Gallen and holds a B.A. from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.
Kobus Nieuwmeijer
Impact Corner provides simple and realistic solutions to improve the quality of life for people. I am a huge believer in the philosophy of giving people a 'hand up rather than hand outs' so I look forward to helping to increase people's awareness of this worthy cause"
Kobus has a background in environmental sustainability and business development, with more than 15 years of humanitarian, development and management experience across Africa, Europe the Middle East and Pacific Asia. He was born and brought up in Southern Africa.
Nicolas Tissot
"My paper about energy challenges and alternatives in Africa exposed me to the real issues on the ground as opposed to what I thought I knew about Africa, which was mainly based on stereotypes or false media reporting. I am fully dedicated and stand firmly with Impact Corner`s approach of addressing the social issues. Providing resources and knowledge are what it takes to solve these problems.”
Nicolas is Co-Founder of an IT software solution company based in Switzerland since 2008. He has extensive experience in IT project management, mainly transaction finance and data analytics projects, but also enterprise content management. Nicolas has profound expertise in writing specifications, managing the development, releasing platforms and websites as well as in data analytics and strategy. Considering his academic background in telecommunications, together with 8 years experience in the digitalization of business and marketing strategies, Nicolas has been able to fully utilize the latest trends in digital marketing. He is well connected to changemakers in the digital marketing world and regularly attends related seminars. He also leveraged on his NGO expertise and built a charity approach that improves the farming conditions in Latin America - an achievement which has won him the Financial Times award in 2014. Nicolas has earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of
St. Gallen, where he is now not only part of the alumni network, but also one of the impact investment measurement coaches.
Samuel Muoto
“Coming from Africa, and having studied and worked in Europe as well as the US help me to quickly believe that the Impact Corner charity movement concept is the true answer to the social and environmental issues today. I am so proud to see the Impact Corner movement revolutionize the charity approach.”
With nearly 15 years of management and entrepreneurship experience on a global scale, Samuel brings broad expertise and knowledge in social impact projects, finance, lobbying and entrepreneurship. Samuel held various managerial positions in multiple businesses globally, before moving into his current function as chief finance officer. Prior to relocating to Switzerland in 1997, he successfully established multiple social enterprises in Africa. During his Bachelor of Science at the University of Zurich Switzerland, Samuel developed an extensive business plan on transforming trash into energy as part of the entrepreneurship course requirements. The trash to energy-business plan received not only high recognition but also many awards and has featured in multiple publications in Switzerland. Samuel earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and currently writes publications and books on impact investmenting as part of his doctorate / PHD paper at the University of Zurich.
Dave Mylius
"I strongly believe in creating jobs instead of dependency."
Dave is a Swiss National who did his schooling in the United Kingdom from where his mother comes from. He has now been residing in Switzerland since 1992. After completing Hotel Management School in Crans-Montana, Dave spent a large amount of time in running restaurant outlets in the airport of Zürich and in hotels.   Dave then spent a while in the sales departement of a hotel chain before becoming General Manager of a Hotel which he successfully performed for 6 years until taking over Sales and Marketing for a hotel chain with a large number of brands.  This gives Dave the ideal background and network to support Impact Corner with Fundraising and Event Organisation which he also really enjoys, so a win win scenario for both Dave and us.

Governance

The Impact Corner Foundation has a two-tier structure: the Supervisory Board and the Management Team.

Audits are conducted by an external company.

Supervisory Board
The Supervisory Board supervises and assists the members of the charity movement, and safeguards the original objectives of the foundation. Its main role is to set the mission, strategy and key policies, oversee effective implementation and to ensure the foundation conducts its operations and manages its finances in the most effective and efficient way. Besides their supervisory duty, the Board also has more formal responsibilities such as appointing and assessing members of the movement, approving the budget, and allocating the funds. The Board meets regularly to discuss the projects submitted for funding as well as other strategic decisions. Board membership is voluntary and unremunerated. Additionally, the foundation is subject to oversight by the Swiss Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations in Bern.
Management Team
The president and the members of the charity movement are responsible for all operational aspects of the foundation's work. The president monitors project status, expenditures as well as impact achieved, reports these key indicators to the Supervisory Board, and improves the performance of the organization.
Auditing & Reporting
As required by Swiss law, audits are conducted by an external auditing company on an annual basis. The auditor informs the Supervisory Boad about the results. Summary reports will be posted on our website annually.

Project governance structure

The Impact Corner foundation provides funds, technology, training and project management and closely monitors social and environmental standards as well as the general business progress.

Each facility is owned by the local communities, run as a normal enterprise and directed by a management team consisting of natives. During the project phase, Impact Corner provides a project manager to assist with the operations and administration in collaboration with the managers on-site. The project managers work with the community as well as marginalized groups such as women and children, by having members of the Impact Corner foundation on the ground. These members have a local background and can therefore provide valuable insights that help the project managers and the Impact Corner foundation better understand the specific needs and existing structures and what barriers, if any, have to be overcome for the projects to take place.

Impact Corner has oversight over all activities, policies and compliance-related matters in order to ensure that the business practices of the enterprise are in line with the mission and values of the foundation, mitigate the critical issues once identified and create sustainable social value for the society. The foundation receives monthly updates on business progress as well as financials and every expenditure goes through a Delegation of Authority (DOA)/approval matrix, which - depending on the amount - includes the site leaders, site managers, Impact Corner project managers and the Supervisory Board.

How we work

How we achieve sustainable solutions
Instead of doing charity work on the basis of isolated initiatives, we help communities create and run social enterprises which mitigate the social and environmental issues in the long-term and break the cycle of dependency. The financing of social projects has long been ignored because of their startup status and regional location. It is undisputed that investors are mainly looking for growth businesses due to the risk exposure associated with every startup business. We believe that social projects especially in developing countries have the potential to address and solve social and environmental issues, if they are funded properly. That is where Impact Corner and its revolutionary movement come in. We bridge the gap between startup and growth phase by faciliating the initial financing in order to attract investors to scale the enterprise and maximise the social and environmental impact.
How we allocate funds
Impact Corner is an operating foundation. The money raised is spent directly on our programmes, and not as grants to other charitable organizations. Our donors have the possibility to choose whether they wish to donate to a specific project or the foundation in general. For the latter case, the funds are allocated by the Supervisory Board. In addition to that, the Board approves a budget and activity plan for each financial year.
How we ensure the efficient use of funds
All work outside of the projects is done by volunteers who offer their expertise for free. We take our responsibility for the funds we have been entrusted with very seriously. That is why money is not wasted on adminstrative costs. In fact, 90 percent of the funds generated go directly into the projects and benefit those we serve. None of it is invested in the financial markets.
How we identify and monitor projects
We use a standard five-phase process. The duration of each phase depends on the complexity as well as the geographic location of the prospective project.

Phase 1: Assessment of project ideas

The Supervisory Board assesses and prioritizes project ideas and works to identify those that support our strategic priorities. In addition, we invite everyone to submit their ideas as well. Our Board performs an audit, assessing risks and analyzing the potential social and environmental impact. This phase concludes with an internal decision if a concept is feasible and promising in terms of a sustainable solution generating high impact or not. In any case, we keep the one, who has submitted the idea, informed at all times – whether it is with regards to approvals or refusals, reasons for the decision made or the further project progress.

Phase 2: Concept Development

We refine the concept by identifying key success factors, the exact resources needed and possible partners to collaborate with in order to set up a detailed budget and activity plan, which have to be approved by our Supervisory Board. To measure the progress and success of the project, we define the intended results, impact KPIs, milestones and reporting deliverables.

Phase 3: Fundraising

We then start raising the funds for the project, first with the help of private and corporate donors in order to get essential parts of the social enterprise running before investors join in because they recognize the potential, based on the first achievements. This extended approach of addressing also investors ensures the sustainability of the solution.

Phase 4: Project Execution and Monitoring

A dedicated project manager assists with the execution of the project. We continually collect and share data on our progress, reflect on lessons learned, and make course corrections as needed to ensure that the intended impact is really accomplished.

Phase 5: Project Evaluation & Replication

A final report summarizes the results achieved and lessons learned. The project itself is completed, but the impact generation continues – in normal operation, since the social enterprise is run by the local community. If the concept proves successful, we work on replicating it in other locations – and the people once in need now play an important role in amplifying the positive impact. They join our movement and pass on their knowledge and support.

What we do