How do I contact a good philanthropy consultant?


It's up
to you.

First steps

If you want to find out now whether we are a good match, then we should probably just sit down together. Either in person in Munich or Cologne, or by video.

What it looks like then concretely, if we start together (but also an alternative to it), we have described here.

Getting Started

However, if you’re not quite ready to meet, our current magazine is a good place to start. There we present, among other things, our approach to philanthropy, as well as exemplary projects.


Or you would like to listen to us first? Then this podcast episode is for you. Here we comment on our view of philanthropy, the social sector, and why you should also think carefully about what you aren’t doing.


You can reach us

49 89 9586 4984
Lothringer Straße 15
81667 München


About us

We are Stephan Schwahlen and Stefan Shaw. We have been working together in different constellations for about 20 years. What we have in common is that we both learned our trade at the strategy consultancy BCG. However, we never met there. Instead, a mutual friend introduced us to each other when each of us had already started our own business. Our collaboration began with joint investments. Among them were some companies that worked well. And others not so well.

Subsequently, and independently, we each embarked on a parallel journey into the non-profit world. Stephan as co-founder of Germany's largest donation platform,, and the think tank betterplace lab. And Stefan as a consultant and later CEO of the Benckiser Foundation, as co-founder of — and as a critic of the social sector in Germany.

Then a few years ago, the two of us had a crucial conversation in Berlin. The topic: How can we use all we have learned to achieve even more impact as before? One of us pitched the idea for advising philanthropists. And after two seconds, the other one said, “That's it!” And that was it.

Two other friends were instrumental in setting up our advisory. Stefan Sippell and Michael Noli. These owners of the brand agency Vince & Vert co-founded together with us and contributed decisively to our current positioning. They also helped us to make great progress with our research. They share our great enthusiasm for a project that brings together everyone who really wants to — and can — make a difference