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.


The Foundation acknowledges and regrets the burdensome situation for artists and ensembles particularly for those engaged in the performing arts. Restrictions have forced many artists and groups into financial hardship and have lead to anxiety about their ability to survive.  We hope that his situation can find some form of normality soon.


Excerpts from the annual report 2020



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. Because of travel restrictions the exchange with Europe for Teacher training for the Sekem school as well as teacher tutoring for professors at the Heliopolis University in Cairo had to be reduced. We hope that this cultural exchange can soon resume to prior levels.

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.


The Foundation is pleased to cooperate with the Antikenmuseum Basel and Sammlung Ludwig in furthering children's programs at the museum. Also a new working relationship with the Freie Musikschule Basel has been established. 


Basel, 6 June 2021

The Board