The Ramsay Foundation

The Ramsay Foundation is a charitable and tax exempt foundation domiciled in Basel, Switzerland. It was founded in 1998 with the intention to enhance education and to further culture through a wide scope of supportive activities.

In order to fulfil the foundation's goals efficiently with the financial assets at its disposal, the board of directors has created guidelines for its donations. These focus on institutions and/or organizations educating and serving children and young people up to the age of 20.

Approximately one third of all donations support organizations in Switzerland, one third in Europe and one third in various countries around the world.


An increase in revenues and profits from investments has enabled The Ramsay Foundation to increase the number of supported projects as well as the nominal amount given to applicants. The Foundation hopes that further increases will be possible in the coming years. New partnerships and renewals of existing ones remain clear goals for the years  2020 and 2021.


Excerpts from the annual report 2019



Cooperation with the Organisation SEKEM in Egypt

SEKEM in Egypt is a nonprofit NGO which has dedicated itself to sustainable development in a wide range of activities. Nutrition, textiles, body care as well as new social forms of commerce and new forms of living space and protective measures for the earth's natural resorces are a few of the greatly diversified activities at SEKEM. The Ramsay Foundation will engage itself in fundraising activities for SEKEM.  > SEKEM


Further grants were approved for the Sekem Initiative in Egypt. Teacher training for the Sekem school as well as teacher tutoring for professors at the Heliopolis University in Cairo received financial support.

Sekem is a leading non-profit organisation for extracting C02 from the atmophere and depositing it in the top soil.  Sekem is also a pioneer in the Middle East in its efforts to transform dessert areas into cultivated farm land.


Open-door Workshops at the Children's Museum "Creaviva"

The innovative and highly successful "Creaviva" at the Paul Klee Center in the City of Bern offers courses and workshops  as part of its museum educational program. Its three large workshop ateliers enclosed by high glass walls enable classroom students, adults as well as a general public to acquaint themselves interactively with Paul Klee's artistic works. With an inspirational touch through a number of young teachers new methods and approaches  are developed and practiced. The Foundation's President Janine Aebi-Müller and the Director Urs Rietmann have been able to attract record visitations for the project which is now in its 15th year of existence. The Ramsay Foundation has contributed to this initiative for two years. 


Basel, 03. September 2020

The Board