The Happel Foundation is a charitable Swiss foundation based in Lucerne. The utmost concern of the Happel Foundation is supporting sustainability. This includes combating poverty by promoting sustainable improvement in the life circumstances of its beneficiaries. Thus, their economic and social development need to improve permanently.
To this end, the Happel Foundation follows the principle of “help for self-help”. This means that the recipients of the funding are actively involved in the problem-solving and demonstrate the corresponding drive themselves.
In its actions, the Happel Foundation has two focal points of support. On the one hand, the Happel Foundation is expanding its activities in developing countries, focussing on Asia and Africa.
On the one hand, the Happel Foundation is expanding its activities in developing countries. The aim is to combat poverty and promote sustainable improvement. A special focus will be put on the use of technologies and novel approaches in development cooperation. The Happel Foundation supports currently 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.
On the other hand, the Happel 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.
The Happel Foundation is a Swiss charitable foundation domiciled in Lucerne. It was founded in 2006 by the Happel family and is being endowed with funds through the economic success of the family’s investments. It is thus independent of third parties and politically and religiously neutral.
As a general rule, the Foundation acts exclusively as a sponsor with funds. When selecting projects, particular emphasis is placed on impact, sustainability and scalability. The Foundation runs own operational projects only in exceptional cases if this is appropriate due to special circumstances and there is no other viable and effective option.
The foundation supports projects that offer people “Help to help themselves”.
Sponsorship applications can be handed in online on our application platform.
The Happel Foundation is a charitable Swiss foundation based in Lucerne.