Established in 2013 as an independent philanthropic entity under Swiss Law, the Puma Energy Foundation provides funding to non-profit organisations and social enterprises to tackle vital health challenges.
Within our 2024-2028 strategy, we will focus the Foundation’s USD 1 million programme on partnerships with organisations that improve road safety and access to clean energy. The Foundation provides funding to programmes in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Latin America, addressing especially last mile/off-grid communities.
These topics and regions are also relevant to Puma Energy, our parent company.
Over 1.3 million people are killed in traffic accidents each year. Globally, road traffic injuries are the tenth leading cause of death, and the leading cause of death among children and young adults.
93% of fatal road traffic incidents occur in low- and middle-income countries. About one quarter involve motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and electric bikes. Wearing helmets reduces the risk of death by more than six times, and the risk of brain injury by three quarters.
Road safety education programmes will support school, community and parental awareness training, social media and TV campaigns, promotion of helmets and child booster seats, as well as initiatives to strengthen post-crash responses, hospital and ambulatory trauma care, and rehabilitation services for victims of traffic accidents.
Safe mobility solutions will offer pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and users of public transport mobile road safety apps that deliver real-time traffic information, navigation assistance, or tools to report road hazards and accidents.
Behavioural change programmes will promote subsidised helmet distribution (particularly in low-income areas), community-based road safety, and vehicle-safety training.
Our Foundation will fund organisations and coalitions that raise awareness of road safety, advocate for and disseminate good practices, and provide innovative transport solutions for off-grid communities.
Globally, one in ten people (759 million) lacks access to electricity. About 2.6 billion people rely on extremely polluting solid and biomass fuels (charcoal, coal, animal waste) to cook and keep warm. Clean cooking solutions could save the lives of up to 800,000 children.
Close to one billion people in low- and lower-middle-income countries are served by healthcare facilities that lack a reliable electricity supply, with harmful effects on patient care, vaccines and medication storage, and data management.
Clean household energy programmes will support organisations that provide clean indoor energy solutions, such as improved stoves; activities that raise awareness of health risks associated with traditional cooking and heating methods; microfinance services for clean cooking and heating technologies and fuels; and initiatives that involve women in decision-making and give them access to relevant equipment, training and tools.
Clean energy programs for remote health facilities will provide funds to organisations that offer solar power to remote health clinics, maternity wards and operating rooms; that run mapping and needs assessments; and that raise the energy awareness and capacity of healthcare workers and clinic managers. They will also support non-profits, governments and local communities that cooperate to extend the grid to remote health facilities and develop microgrids to serve multiple health facilities and communities.
Discover more about how the Foundation promotes staff engagement initiatives in the section “Staff Engagement”.
How We Operate
The Puma Energy Foundation provides grant-funding for non-profit partners that implement effective programmes in Africa and Latin America. We monitor and report the impact of our partners’ operations, and publish stories that show their positive effects on people’s lives.
The Foundation also operates a ‘matching funds’ scheme whereby funds raised by Puma Energy employees are matched, dollar for dollar, in favour of their chosen non-profit cause. For more information, see Staff Engagement.
Staff Engagement: inspiring a philanthropic spirit.
In addition to our larger strategic partnerships with partner organisations, the Foundation provides matched grants to causes supported by Puma Energy staff and managed by local non-profit organisations.
We assist Puma Energy offices to select Charities of the Year, which are organisations that local employees want to volunteer with along the year. The Foundation provides a dedicated grant to the selected charities to back their operations and foster interaction with Puma Energy staff. Moreover, through Matching Funds scheme Puma Energy staff can organise fundraising for the charities of their choices and the Foundation doubles the amount fundraised by employees for a chosen charity or cause. Are you a Puma Energy employee and want to see which organisations are being supported close to your offices? Would you like to help out in the community but don’t know where or how to start? Do not hesitate to contact usfor more information on how to get involved in local activities.