GUIDING PRINCIPLES

VISION

Our vision is a world in which all people receive training that empowers them to shape their communities responsibly and for the good of all.

MISSION

We enable donors to realize their philanthropic projects, supporting local partners who provide quality training for people in need.

VALUES

Basic Christian mindset:

  • Solidarity
  • Justice
  • Peace
  • Human dignity
  • Family values

STRATEGY

With our well-established project center, we offer donors tailored solutions for the implementation of their philanthropic ideas and projects.

In the educational projects, we focus on the training of trainers as well as the advancement of women and children.

HISTORY

The Limmat Foundation was founded on the 13th of March 1972 in Zurich (Switzerland) and is the oldest umbrella foundation in Switzerland. As an independent, non-profit and internationally active foundation, it is under supervision of the federal Swiss Federal Department of Internal Affairs. The Limmat Foundation is tax-exempt and politically, religiously as well as ethnically unaffiliated.
  • #subfoundation-aurora

    AURORA

    Year of foundation: 1983

    Purpose: Support for institutions or charitable projects in Italy, particularly educational projects for young people.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 40'000

  • #subfoundation-bernina

    BERNINA

    Year of foundation: 1972

    Purpose: Support for projects mainly in the fields of education, training of trainers and social assistance, but also in other areas recognized as non-profit sectors in Europe and other continents.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 2 Mio.

  • #subfoundation-boreal

    BOREAL

    Year of foundation: 2010

    Purpose: Improving the living conditions of people in need by supporting projects in the areas of formal and non-formal education as well as public and private health, particularly in Latin America and Africa.

  • #subfoundation-constance

    CONSTANCE

    Year of foundation: 2009

    Purpose: To support initiatives of public interest, especially for education at all levels and for helping people in need (with emphasis on educational and social activities of the Sisters of St. Mary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus).

    Project investment per year (CHF): 330'000

    Project example:

  • #subfoundation-cpam

    CPAM

    Year of foundation: 2021

    Purpose: Promote better living conditions for the most vulnerable people in the world’s poorest countries. Support will be given especially to the training of severely disadvantaged single women.

    Characteristics: Sub-foundation was transferred from another umbrella foundation

  • #subfoundation-jepa

    JEPA-LIMMAT

    Year of foundation: 1995

    Purpose: To contribute to the progress of developing countries through advanced education and community development projects.

    Founder: Alberto Ciferri

    Project investment per year (CHF): 10'000

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  • #subfoundation-karl-lukas

    Patronat Karl Lukas Honegger (PKLH)

    Year of foundation: 1993

    Purpose: To protect the works of the founder from speculation as well as to preserve the important works as a collection and make them accessible to the public.

    Founder: Karl Lukas Honegger

    Project investment per year (CHF): 15'000

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  • #subfoundation-nazaret-nge

    NAZARET GLOBAL EDUCATION (NGE)

    Year of foundation: 2022

    Purpose: Support for initiatives of public interest, in particular in the field of education, at all levels, as well as support for human education and social advancement. To achieve these goals, it either carries out direct educational projects or works with renowned non-profit organizations.

  • #subfoundation-pia-ida

    Pia Ida

    Year of foundation: 2019

    Purpose: Support for education and health of poor children and young people in developing countries as well as in Switzerland.

    Characteristics: Established by absorption fusion as sub-foundation

    Project investment per year (CHF): 15'000

  • #subfoundation-rhein

    Rhein

    Year of foundation: 1983

    Purpose: Support for institutions or charitable projects, especially abroad, but also in Switzerland. The focus is on education, training and social assistance.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 1'500'000

    Project example:

  • #subfoundation-rosenbühl

    Rosenbühl

    Year of foundation: 2004

    Purpose: The purpose of the Rosenbühl Foundation is consitent with the purpose of the Limmat Foundation. Therefore, Rosenbühl only raises earmarked funds and has no equity.

    Characteristics: Hosts earmarked funds.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 1'300'000

    Project examples:

  • #subfoundation-scoluniv

    Scoluniv

    Year of foundation: 2020

    Purpose: Christian-inspired and recognized as non-profit private initiatives that support school as well as higher education in the countries of the Francophonie, especially in Madagascar.

    Characteristics: Designed as an endowment.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 200'000

    Project examples:

  • #subfoundation-sfez

    Stiftung für Entwick­lungszusam­menar­beit (SfEZ)

    Year of foundation: 1979

    Purpose: Support for charitable initiatives in developing countries.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 740'000

    Project examples:

  • #subfoundation-street-children

    Street Children

    Year of foundation: 1995

    Purpose: Improving living conditions and facilitating a better future primarily for the actual street children (i.e. homeless and familyless children) but also for other children in need.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 400'000

    Project examples:

  • #subfoundation-tamaro

    FONDAZIONE TAMARO

    Year of foundation: 2000

    Purpose: Support mainly to children, youth, older people and women, without geographical limitation.

    Founder: Susanna Tamaro

    Characteristics: Assets consist of authors' rights

    Project investment per year (CHF): 40'000

  • Aurora

    AURORA

    Year of foundation: 1983

    Purpose: Support for institutions or charitable projects in Italy, particularly educational projects for young people.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 40'000

  • Bernina

    BERNINA

    Year of foundation: 1972

    Purpose: Support for projects mainly in the fields of education, training of trainers and social assistance, but also in other areas recognized as non-profit sectors in Europe and other continents.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 2 Mio.

  • Boreal

    BOREAL

    Year of foundation: 2010

    Purpose: Improving the living conditions of people in need by supporting projects in the areas of formal and non-formal education as well as public and private health, particularly in Latin America and Africa.

  • Constance

    CONSTANCE

    Year of foundation: 2009

    Purpose: To support initiatives of public interest, especially for education at all levels and for helping people in need (with emphasis on educational and social activities of the Sisters of St. Mary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus).

    Project investment per year (CHF): 330'000

    Project example:

  • CPAM

    CPAM

    Year of foundation: 2021

    Purpose: Promote better living conditions for the most vulnerable people in the world’s poorest countries. Support will be given especially to the training of severely disadvantaged single women.

    Characteristics: Sub-foundation was transferred from another umbrella foundation

  • Jepa

    JEPA-LIMMAT

    Year of foundation: 1995

    Purpose: To contribute to the progress of developing countries through advanced education and community development projects.

    Founder: Alberto Ciferri

    Project investment per year (CHF): 10'000

    MORE INFORMATION

  • K.L. Honegger

    Patronat Karl Lukas Honegger (PKLH)

    Year of foundation: 1993

    Purpose: To protect the works of the founder from speculation as well as to preserve the important works as a collection and make them accessible to the public.

    Founder: Karl Lukas Honegger

    Project investment per year (CHF): 15'000

    MORE INFORMATION

  • Nazaret Global Education

    NAZARET GLOBAL EDUCATION (NGE)

    Year of foundation: 2022

    Purpose: Support for initiatives of public interest, in particular in the field of education, at all levels, as well as support for human education and social advancement. To achieve these goals, it either carries out direct educational projects or works with renowned non-profit organizations.

  • Pia Ida

    Pia Ida

    Year of foundation: 2019

    Purpose: Support for education and health of poor children and young people in developing countries as well as in Switzerland.

    Characteristics: Established by absorption fusion as sub-foundation

    Project investment per year (CHF): 15'000

  • Rhein

    Rhein

    Year of foundation: 1983

    Purpose: Support for institutions or charitable projects, especially abroad, but also in Switzerland. The focus is on education, training and social assistance.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 1'500'000

    Project example:

  • Rosenbühl

    Rosenbühl

    Year of foundation: 2004

    Purpose: The purpose of the Rosenbühl Foundation is consitent with the purpose of the Limmat Foundation. Therefore, Rosenbühl only raises earmarked funds and has no equity.

    Characteristics: Hosts earmarked funds.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 1'300'000

    Project examples:

  • Scoluniv

    Scoluniv

    Year of foundation: 2020

    Purpose: Christian-inspired and recognized as non-profit private initiatives that support school as well as higher education in the countries of the Francophonie, especially in Madagascar.

    Characteristics: Designed as an endowment.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 200'000

    Project examples:

  • SfEZ

    Stiftung für Entwick­lungszusam­menar­beit (SfEZ)

    Year of foundation: 1979

    Purpose: Support for charitable initiatives in developing countries.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 740'000

    Project examples:

  • Street Children

    Street Children

    Year of foundation: 1995

    Purpose: Improving living conditions and facilitating a better future primarily for the actual street children (i.e. homeless and familyless children) but also for other children in need.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 400'000

    Project examples:

  • Tamaro

    FONDAZIONE TAMARO

    Year of foundation: 2000

    Purpose: Support mainly to children, youth, older people and women, without geographical limitation.

    Founder: Susanna Tamaro

    Characteristics: Assets consist of authors' rights

    Project investment per year (CHF): 40'000

  • #earmakedfunds-aluna

    Aluna

    Year of foundation: 1997

    Purpose: Aluna Institute for the disabled children and youth in Cartagena / Colombia

    Project investment per year (CHF): 20.000

    Project example:

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    Dual System CEFIM

    Year of foundation: 2021

    Purpose: Development of dual education in Bolivia

    Project investment per year (CHF): 50.000

  • #earmakedfunds-drohobytch

    Drohobytch

    Year of foundation: 2018

    Purpose: Center for christian education in Drohobytch / Ukraine

     

  • #earmakedfunds-edu-sante

    Education et Santé

    Year of foundation: 2009

    Purpose: Scholarships Nursing School ISSI in Kinshasa / D.R. Congo

    Project investment per year (CHF): 2.000

    Project example:

  • #earmakedfunds-elisabeth

    Elisabeth

    Year of foundation: 2021

    Purpose: Support of needy people in developing countries, especially children, youth and women, through training related social project carried out by local organizations.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 150.000

    Project example:

  • #earmakedfunds-esmeralda

    Esmeralda

    Year of foundation: 2018

    Purpose: Improving living conditions and enabling a better future for the most vulnerable (poor, homeless, handicapped, street children, etc.), particularly in Greece.

    Characteristics: Previous sub-foundation (converted to a fund with residual assets)

  • #earmakedfunds-ecc

    Esmeralda Charity Cup

    Year of foundation: 1996

    Purpose: Street children projects in Colombia

    Characteristics: Esmeralda Charity Cup golf tournaments

    Project investment per year (CHF): 140.000

    Project examples:

  • #earmakedfunds-fonbec

    Fonbec

    Year of foundation: 2019

    Purpose: Scholarships in Argentina

  • #earmakedfunds-fap

    Fonds für Ausbil­dungspro­jekte (FAP)

    Year of foundation: 1998

    Purpose: Support for training projects, particularly for women

    Project investment per year (CHF): 40.000

  • #earmakedfunds-hellas

    Hellas

    Year of foundation: 2020

    Purpose: Education projects in Greece

    Project investment per year (CHF): 200.000

    Project example:

  • #earmakedfunds-endowment-iwoka

    Endowment Iwoka

    Year of foundation: 2021

    Purpose: Project Iwoka in Pereira (Kolumbien)

    Characteristics: Endowment

  • #earmakedfunds-kamalini

    Kamalini

    Year of foundation: 2016

    Purpose: Support of the Project Kamalini

    Project example:

  • #earmakedfunds-kinder-ch

    Kinder CH

    Year of foundation: 2008

    Purpose: Children and families in need based in Switzerland

    Project investment per year (CHF): 30.000

    Project examples:

  • #earmakedfunds-pro-libanon

    Pro Libanon

    Year of foundation: 2021

    Purpose: Support for women’s projects in Lebanon, particularly in rural areas. The initiatives are supported or implemented by PRODES.

    Project investment per year (CHF): 20.000

    Project exmple:

  • #earmakedfunds-madagaskar

    Madagaskar

    Year of foundation: 2018

    Purpose: Projects CERES and SESAME

    Project investment per year (CHF): 50.000

    Project examples:

  • #earmakedfunds-monkole

    Monkole

    Year of foundation: 2004

    Purpose: Support for the Monkole Hospital in Kinshasa / D.R. Congo

    Project example:

  • #earmakedfunds-saberes-carvajal

    Saberes Carvajal

    Year of foundation: 2011

    Purpose: Projects for day caregivers in Colombia

    Project investment per year (CHF): 75.000

    Projects example:

KEY DATA

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHT

RETURN ON INVESTMENT 10 YEAR-AVERAGE (IN CHF)

2021

7,0%

2020

4,8%

2019

4,8%

TOTAL INCOME FOR PROJECTS (IN CHF 1,000)
TOTAL FOR PROJECT SUPPORT (IN CHF 1,000)

ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROJECT COSTS COMPARED WITH TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS
(Average 2017-2021)

Total expenses CHF 6.9 Mio

OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHT

2020

2019

2018

  • Number of ongoing projects
  • Countries of funded projects
  • Countries with ongoing projects
  • Subfoundations within the Limmat Foundation
  • Earmarked Funds within the Limmat Foundation
  • Full-time employees

NUMBER OF ONGOING PROJECTS

NUMBER OF SUB-FOUNDATIONS AND FUNDS

FULL-TIME EQUIVALENTS (FTE)

Further key data can be found in the financial report in the annual report of the Limmat Foundation.

FOUNDATION BOARD

Xavier Boutin – Jean de Skowronski – Tina Huber-Purtschert – Andrea Vigevani – Elisabeth András (President) –
Marguerite Zimmermann – Cédric George – Alberto Ribera – Michele Zorzi

Xavier Boutin - Jean de Skowronski - Tina Huber-Purtschert - Andrea Vigevani - Elisabeth András (President) - Marguerite Zimmermann - Cédric George - Alberto Ribera - Michele Zorzi

PATRONAGE COMMITTEE

The following personalities are members of the Committee of Patronage of the Limmat Foundation, showing their support for its activities.

Jeroo Billimoria, Founder of Child Helpline International, One Family Foundation and Co-Founder of Catalyst 2030.
Maria Del Rosario Carvajal, former President of the Fundación Carvajal, Cali / Colombia
Prof. Luis Fernando Cruz, former Rector of the Universidad Libre, Cali / Colombia
Dr. Mark R. Hoenig, former member of the Board of Directors, Egon Zehnder International
Dr. Gabi Huber, former member of the Swiss National Council, FDP – Die Liberalen
Michel M. Liès, Chairman of the Board of Zurich Insurance Group AG
Dr. Arthur Loepfe, former member of the Swiss National Council, Die Mitte
H.R.H. Archduke Rudolf of Austria
Prof. Dr. Robert Purtschert, Director Emeritus of the Institute for Association, Foundation and Cooperative Management (VMI)
Yves Serra, Chairman of the Board of Georg Fischer AG
Susanna Tamaro, author
Dr Alfred Wiedekehr, lawyer
Pirmin Zurbriggen, Olympic champion

TEAM

Thomas Buck – Stavros Lapsanidis – Isabel Probst – Ignasi Fainé – Lisa Meier – François Geinoz – Juan Alarcon – Ana von Bock –
André Meier – Beatrice Thelen – Philipp Landolt

Thomas Buck – Stavros Lapsanidis – Isabel Probst – Ignasi Fainé – Lisa Meier – François Geinoz – Juan Alarcon – Ana von Bock – André Meier – Beatrice Thelen – Philipp Landolt

TEAM

François Geinoz, Executive Director
Ignasi Faine, Project Director
André Meier, Financial Director

Thomas Buck, Assistent, Patronat K.L. Honegger
Philipp Landolt, Management Support
Stavros Lapsanidis, Finance and Projects
Lisa Meier, Communication and Events
Isabel Probst, Partnerships Development
Beatrice Thelen, Communication and Projects
Ana von Bock, Internationale Programs
Juan J. Alarcon

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