The Hans Konrad Rahn Foundation was established in 2003 with starting capital of CHF 250,000 to mark the 70th birthday of Hans Konrad Rahn. Thanks among other things to some generous donations, the Foundation's organisational capital currently amounts to some CHF 2.3 million.
The Foundation continues the mission of the RAHN relief fund, which for decades supported social projects in the Zurich region and also made donations to help disaster victims in both Switzerland and other countries.
Like the relief fund in its time, the Foundation receives two percent of the cashflow of RAHN AG each year. This is supplemented by generous donations from Rahn family and other benefactors.
The Foundation has access to annual funds of between CHF 250,000 and
In 2017, the Foundation supported various social institutions to the total sum of CHF 322,000 (2016: 273,000). These included:
- Technorama Winterthur
Joint financing of the "Wunderbrücke" viewing bridge for children and young people as part of the redesign of the Technorama park.
- Musikschule Stäfa
Financial contribution to project aimed at improving disabled building access.
- Aphasie Suisse, Lucerne
Donation to a choir for people who struggle with speech or reading difficulties following a brain haemorrhage or stroke.
- Tischlein deck dich, Zurich-Oerlikon
Contribution to the Zurich-Oerlikon collection point which distributes foodstuffs to those on low incomes.
- Stifitung Ancora-Meilestei, Forch
Investment contribution to the expansion of the institution's carpentry workshop for people with addiction or mental health problems.
- PACH - Pflege und Adoptivkinder Schweiz, Zurich
Support for a specialist centre for questions about fostering and adopting childern.
- ZIID - Zürcher Institut für interreligiösen Dialog, Zurich
Donation to promote dialogue between different religions through collaborative educational projects.
- Stiftung Kinderhilfe Sternschnuppe, Zurich
Contribution to the "Shooting Star Card" (Sternschnuppenkarte) for ill and disabled childern.
- UBA - unabhängige Beschwerdestelle für das Alter, Zurich
Support for the campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence suffered by the elderly.
Board of Trustees
Urs Lauffer, President, President of the Board of Directors RAHN AG
Fritz Frischknecht, lic. oec., Secretary
Sascha Kümin Grell, lic. iur.
Markus L. Meyer, COO of RAHN AG
Prof. Katharina Prelicz-Huber, University tutor and President of VPOD Switzerland
Ana Patricia Rahn Erden, lic. iur., Entrepreneur