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“We make a living by what we get.

We make a life by what we give”

Our Structure

Give It Forward Trust is using Swiss Philanthropy Foundation SPF as an umbrella foundation. SPF was established in 2006 as a non-profit hosting foundation to provide philanthropists with a simple, cost-effective way to achieve their charitable objectives.

Using this structure allows GIFT to focus on our philanthropic goals while reaching best practice and excellence in corporate governance.

Your donations to our structure may qualify for tax deductibility in Switzerland, the UK and other major jurisdictions.

Our governance

GIFT is governed by a steering committee comprised of the founders: Roman and Sophie Pelka, and Christiaan de Lint. A representative of Swiss Philanthropy Foundation attends the meetings to formally validate decisions. Decisions on the orientation of the fund and project investments are taken upon the unanimous approval of the members of the Steering Committee. 
Roman Pelka

Roman Pelka has been active in the alternative investment strategy for over 20 years. Roman started his career in London for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. He then moved to private equity working for HG Capital and as a Managing Director at Carlyle. He then founded Montfort Capital in 2009 and Montfort Funds in 2014. 

Roman holds a Bacherlor in Business Administration from the University of Vienna and an Master of Business Administration from Insead and is a CFA charter holder.  Roman is Austro-Swiss; he is fluent in English, German, French and Spanish.

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Sophie Pelka co-founded the Give It Forward Trust (GIFT) in 2020 with two partners. GIFT embodies her belief in the power of professionalized philanthropy to drive sustainable changes, especially for women and girls. She further strengthened her commitment to women’s empowerment in 2022 by joining the Executive Committee of Giving Women, a group focused on improving the lives of women and girls globally.

Sophie spent a decade building her career in London’s financial sector, with expertise in Leveraged Finance at Bankers Trust and Morgan Stanley, later transitioning to private equity at Charterhouse. Upon relocating to Switzerland, she engaged in local volunteering activities and competitive ski touring races while raising her four children.

Born in Belgium with a passion for sports, travel, and adventure, Sophie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université of Louvain-La-Neuve and has completed a one-year program at Georgetown University. She is proficient in French, English, and German. 

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Christiaan de Lint is a founder of Headway Capital. Prior to Headway Capital, Christiaan was part of the investment team of Coller Capital. Before Coller Capital, Christiaan worked in Citigroup’s Alternative Investments Strategies group in London. Christiaan started his career in the corporate banking department of Citibank where he worked in both London and New York.

Christiaan has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business and Law and a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and is a CFA charterholder. Christiaan is Swiss-Dutch; he is fluent in English, French and German.

Our Donors

Family Pelka

Family de Lint

Health Partners Foundation

Family Aubert 

Family Frederic Winssinger


Swiss Philanthropy Foundation has a long and impressive track record since its inception in 2006.

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