The ATOZ Foundation, established in November 2012 under the aegis of the Foundation de Luxembourg, seeks to sponsor projects in the Grand Duchy and abroad which foster learning and development in children, adolescents and young adults. For over four years, the ATOZ Foundation has given support to those projects which we believe will truly make a difference in the lives of children and their families, whether it be through learning new farming techniques in Peru, helping children in Luxembourg overcome dyslexia or working in close partnership with the University of Luxembourg to give students opportunities for real world experience in the field of tax law.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
We've sponsored the First University Chair
for European and International Taxation in Luxembourg
The ATOZ Foundation is acting locally by supporting nearby assocations.
Our members are encouraged to propose projects they actually want to support
Building a school in rural Bangladesh with the NGO Friendship
The ATOZ Foundation Scholarship
Helping bright students finance their studies
Toutes à l’Ecole
Breaking the cycle of poverty through education
Specialised therapy for children with learning disabilities.
The ATOZ Chair for European and International Taxation
A long-standing partnership with the University of Luxembourg
Pour un Sourire d'Enfant
High-quality vocational training to prepare young Cambodians for working life
Improve school facilities and quality of education in South Sudan
A chance for handicapped children to attend school in Vietnam
A “Bibliothèque pour Tous” to give children in Tunisia a love of reading
Réseau éducation sans frontières - Metz
All children should be able to go to school, no matter who they are or where they come from
A second chance for street children in Cambodia.
Fondation Marocaine de l’Étudiant
Scholarships for students studying economy and tax
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The ATOZ Foundation will sponsor 2 new projects to help children in Burundi and Bangladesh
The ATOZ Foundation will support a project of the NGO Friendship by financing construction and teacher training for one school located on an alluvial island of the Brahmaputra River in Northern Bangladesh. The objective is to bring education to impoverished children in remote locations in Bangladesh.
The second project that the ATOZ Foundation will be funding is led by the organisation Handicap International. This project aims at helping handicapped children in Burundi who suffer from social isolation by getting them into the classroom. How? Thanks to a sensitisation programme that will help families, teachers, doctors and government learn how to integrate children with disabilities into the mainstream system and receive the education that they deserve.
The ATOZ Foundation announces it will sponsor 2 new projects!
In 2018, the ATOZ Foundation will sponsor two new projects.The Foundation will support one of the projects led by Pour un Sourire d'Enfant by granting a scolarship to 15 young Cambodians so they can follow a vocational training in mechanics (car and motorcycle). It will also support a new project led by CSI Lëtzebuerg in South Sudan which consists in improving school facilities as well as the quality of education in Twic County thanks to the renovation of a school, training of teachers and distribution of hygiene kits.
The ATOZ Foundation renews its commitment to sponsor a Master's student in Tax with a 10,000€ scholarship
ATOZ Foundation committee visit the Mith Samlahn project (in collaboration with Fondation Juniclair)
ATOZ Foundation committee went to visit Mith Samlanh in Chbar Ampov (Cambodia), a project supported by the Foundation in collaboration with Fondation Juniclair since two years. The aim of this project is to give underpriviledged street children a chance to get back into the formal school system. The Mith Samlahn project positively impacts the lives of 16,000 children and their family members each year.
ATOZ Foundation committee visit the Happy Chandara School (Toutes à l'école)
The ATOZ Foundation committee went to Cambodia to visit the Happy Chandara School - founded by the french association Toutes à l'Ecole - which provides a high-level free pedagogical programme to young very under-privileged girls. The ATOZ Foundation finances a class of 30 children. This year will be the first one where the girls will take high school exit exam ("Baccalaureat").
ATOZ Foundation celebrates 5 years of Philanthropy
On 12 October 2017, the ATOZ Foundation celebrated its 5th anniversary by bringing together representatives from many of the associations that have received support from the foundation over the years. A total of 9 different initiatives were presented to ATOZ staff and partners. At the event each representative gave an overview of their project and explained how the ATOZ Foundation has contributed to the project’s development.
ATOZ Foundation members visit the LCSB
The Luxembourg Center for System Biomedicine (LCSB) held an open house for all of its donors on 22 November. ATOZ Foundation members took a tour of the facility and the Biomedicine laboratory, guided by a doctoral student whose work is supported by the Foundation. After remarks by Professor Rudi Balling, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, guest of honour, addressed the attendees with a message of the importance of scientific research.
The Foundation announces it will sponsor 4 new projects
We are delighted to announce that in 2016 we will be supporting 4 new projects and renewing support for two others. Read our press release to find out more.
Three students receive the ATOZ Foundation scholarship
This year, there were too many qualified candidates to only choose one! Three young women, outstanding students in their field of study, International and European Taxation, were awarded the ATOZ Foundation Scholarship. Congratulations! Read the official press release from the University at Luxembourg.
The ATOZ Foundation participates in "La Philanthropie, ça marche!"
ATOZ employees volunteered their time at this local event which encouraged business and individuals to support charities locally and abroad. We were happy to share our experiences with the public. A press release from philantrophie.lu can be found here.
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ZOOM ON THE ATOZ CHAIR
In July of 2009, ATOZ and the Faculty of Law, Economy and Finance of the Luxembourg University signed an agreement creating a first of its kind, privately financed, Chair for European and International Taxation. Currently held by Prof. Werner Haslehner, the “ATOZ Chair for European and International Taxation” was established in order to develop research activities and provide high-quality education in international and European tax law.
Regular seminars, conferences and research studies are organised throughout each academic year by the Chair in order to bring bright thinkers, researchers and students together. The Chair has also published various books on current topics in the field of taxation such as state aid, the exchange of information, European Court of Justice decisions on tax law and double taxation.
Students at the University of Luxembourg benefit from the Chair through an annual practical case study. Organised by ATOZ members, students are challenged to complete a practical case. Tax professionals from ATOZ volunteer their time to help and guide students in their learning, allowing them to gain invaluable practical experience for their future careers. In addition to this activity, the Chair awards a 10,000€ merit-based scholarship to a Master's student in the European and International Taxation programme each year.
The ATOZ Chair for European and International Taxation is a way to give back and help the next generation of tax advisers to not only fulfil their own potential, but also to ensure the future of the profession in Luxembourg and abroad.
Our accomplishments by the numbers
"Our objectives in funding the Chair were philanthropic not business-related. We wanted to fill a need that we saw, which was the provision of University-level tax education and research in Luxembourg."
- Keith O'Donnell,
Managing Partner of ATOZ
"In our ever more materialistic world, one cannot help but have great respect for people who feel strongly about making a social contribution to the community, as do the partners and staff of Atoz. It is a privilege, for me, to chair ATOZ Foundation's management committee. Like the partners and staff of ATOZ, I too, commit to serving the philanthropic goals of our foundation with heart and mind."
The Management Board is composed of a group of 5 members, appointed for a 3-year renewable term. The team includes President Christian Schaak, ATOZ representatives Norbert Becker, Keith O’Donnell, Fatah Boudjelida, and Tonika Hirdman director and representative of the Fondation de Luxembourg. The team is responsible for taking the decisions regarding the projects to be funded and promoting, as well as developing the long-term strategy relating to the foundation.
The Technical Committee, a group of five members appointed by the management board for 3 years, has a hands on role in the day-to-day function of the ATOZ Foundation. It is this team of diverse professionals, Fatah Boudjelida, Christiane O’Donnell, Samantha Schmitz-Merle, Julie Bourgeois, and Petra Penders who identify possible projects which correspond to the goals and the mission of the ATOZ Foundation, and bring them to the attention of the Management Board. After the Technical Committee’s careful review, the Management Board gives final approval for the funding of the project.
PRESS RELEASES & ARTICLES
- Solidarité privée à développer - PaperJam - November 2016
- Four new projects to be supported by the ATOZ Foundation in 2016 - July 2016
- Three students awarded ATOZ Foundation Scholarship - December 2015
- New ATOZ Chair for European and International Taxation appointed - October 2015
- The ATOZ Foundation will sponsor 7 new educational and social projects - July 2014
- ATOZ Foundation to support educational projects with 200.000€ of grants - November 2013