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Areas of Activity of the Happel Foundation

Help for self-help

The Happel Foundation has two focal points of support. On the one hand the Happel Foundation is expanding its activities in developing countries. The aim is to combat poverty. On the other hand the Foundation supports people in Switzerland, mainly Central Switzerland, who are in distress or disadvantaged in their social and economic development through no fault of their own.

To this end, the Happel Foundation follows the principle of "help for self-help" by promoting sustainable improvement in the life circumstances of its beneficiaries. This means that the recipients of the funding are actively involved in the problem-solving and demonstrate the corresponding drive themselves.

As well as assessing the content of the project, the applicant organization is also evaluated in terms of its reputation, performance, experience, operational excellence, etc.

Sponsorship criteria for projects in developing countries

The Happel Foundation is expanding its activities in developing countries. The aim is to combat poverty following the principle of "help for self-help". The foundation is active primarily in the areas of food security, health, education and entrepreneurship.

By promoting the use of technology and novel effective approaches, the Foundation strives for efficiency and economies of scale.

Taking environmental protection into account, the resources & potential of the oceans will also be used in some areas.

The most crucial factors in making decisions are:

  • Impact in at least one of the following areas: food security, health, education, small businesses
  • Geographic focus on Asia and Africa
  • Use of modern (communication) technology
  • Scalability / replicability
  • Sustainability, i.e. support leads in the sense of start-up aid to permanent improvement of the situation or the abilities of the individual
  • Connection with the ocean (non-mandatory criterion)

Applications can be submitted via our application platform.

No applications will be accepted via e-mail or post.

Sponsorship criteria for projects in Switzerland

In Switzerland, especially in Central Switzerland, the Happel Foundation supports people who are in distress or disadvantaged in their social and economic development through no fault of their own.

In particular, it aims at helping those in need who suffer from hardship but for whom, for whatever reason, no support from the public authorities or elsewhere is available. Also included are institutions that assist such people.

The most crucial factors in making decisions are:

  • The applicant or beneficiary should reside/have a registered office in Switzerland, preferably the Lucerne region
  • Aid is on the basis of an emergency, disadvantage, social hardship, no or little self-culpability, social flashpoints
  • No support from the state or other organization available
  • Sustainability, i.e. support leads in the sense of start-up aid to permanent improvement of the situation or the abilities of the individual.
  • Self-motivation & own contribution by the beneficiary

Applications can be submitted via our application platform.

No applications will be accepted via e-mail or post.

The Happel Foundation is not usually involved in the following areas:

  • Environmental and climate protection
  • Political and legal framework conditions (incl. land rights, children's rights, gender issues, etc.)
  • Religious thematic areas
  • Emergency /disaster relief
  • Culture and sport

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Projects International

The Happel Foundation currently supports projects for small farmers in India and in Nepal, for small-scale fishermen in South Africa as well as for pupils in Zambia and Namibia.

Support and emburse when needed

Projects in Switzerland

At the moment the Happel Foundation supports, for example, a project in Lucerne aiming for a better integration of migrant women, as well as a magazine covering family matters and child raising.

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About the foundation

The Happel Foundation is a Swiss charitable foundation domiciled in Lucerne. It was founded in 2006 by the Happel family. The Foundation acts exclusively as a sponsor with funds.