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 2.4 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 cash flow of RAHN AG each year. This is supplemented by generous donations from the Rahn family and other benefactors.
The Foundation consequently has access to annual funds of between
CHF 300,000 and CHF 400,000.
In 2018, the Foundation supported various social institutions to the total sum of CHF 301,000 (2017: 322,000). These included:
- Mädchenhaus Zürich
Contribution to help cover boarding costs for young women above the age of 18 at this refuge.
- Beatus-Heim, Seuzach
Co-funding the renovation of the main building.
- Kinderthur, Winterthur
Donation to help set up the website publicising offers for young families in the Winterthur region.
- beraber, Zurich
Contribution to help fund support teaching for immigrant children and young people.
- Reformed Church in Witikon
Co-funding for the Hoch3 drop-in centre run by Witikon parish.
- visoparents schweiz, Zurich
Contribution to help provide services for parents of children with multiple handicaps and behavioural issues.
- Balm Foundation, Rapperswil-Jona
Contribution to help fund the investment required to complete phase 2 of the Balm farm construction project.
- Windlicht Foundation, Winterthur
Support for the wide range of activities offered to children whose parents suffer from mental health problems.
- TikK, Zurich
Donation to the fund for emergency interventions to combat intercultural conflicts.
Board of Trustees
Urs Lauffer, President, Chairman 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