Our Supporting Foundations

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Botnar Foundation

Fondation Botnar is a foundation established with the core purpose to support children’s basic needs throughout the world. It was founded in Basel in 2003 to continue the philantropic work of the Botnar family, and its focus is health, nutrition and education. Fondation Botnar acts as a catalyst, connecting diverse partners and investing in scaleable AI and digital innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing secondary cities around the world.

Christoph Merian Foundation

The Christoph Merian Foundation (CMS) is a non-profit foundation under public law based in Basel. It is politically, religiously and ideologically independent. CMS bases its funding policy closely on the guidelines of the founder (“relieve the distress” and “foster the well-being”). It sees itself as a social investor and advocates, anticipates and actively supports people in need as well as the promotion of sustainable social processes and measures, that enable the people of Basel individually and collectively to enjoy a better quality of life in peaceful coexistence. It does this with financial resources, projects, expertise and the mediation of projects in the areas of socialcultural and natural support.

Gebert Rüf Foundation

Gebert Rüf Stiftung was established by entrepreneur Heinrich Gebert as a science and innovation foundation. Its objective is to promote «Switzerland as a top location for business and as a place to live». As a private funding agency guided by its mission statement «making science effective», it supports entrepreneurial projects which are committed to achieving an impact with initial funding. The foundation places top priority on synergizing and networking individual projects, which are in turn anchored to specific areas of activity.