Dedicated to improving the lives of young people.
The Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation invests in healthcare initiatives to create better outcomes for disadvantaged children and young adults around the world. The Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation is a Swiss philanthropic foundation dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and young adults. Its founder, the late Doris Ammann (1944-2021) was a dedicated philanthropist deeply concerned with the welfare of children, whom she saw as most in need of protection and support. Through its legacy, the foundation aims to save lives and dramatically improve the well-being of children and young adults by advocating for select causes that have proven highly effective in their field.
Driven by a vision of a world where all children can survive and thrive, the foundation plans to invest in causes that apply proven methodologies to increase life expectancy and reduce disease and ill health. more common. We believe that lasting change requires scalable solutions with demonstrated long-term benefits, not only for the child in need, but also for their family and the wider community. We further believe that research, innovation and technology can facilitate and accelerate these lasting changes and lead to measurable improvements in the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children and young adults.
The foundation will support established health and wellness organizations to pursue a range of goals from increasing life expectancy and eradicating disease to combating malnutrition and the promotion of health education. Through its grants, the foundation plans to support a wide variety of institutions ranging from children’s hospitals and pediatric research facilities to rural family health clinics and large-scale disease prevention campaigns. The foundation also plans to establish a fund for the most needy with the aim of giving suffering children in developing countries access to intensive care at top-notch medical facilities. Aware of the devastating effects of the ongoing war on Ukrainian children and young adults, the foundation plans to support local and international institutions in their efforts to alleviate their suffering.
Doris Ammann’s vision for the foundation was nourished by her clear values, her innate discretion and her concern for efficiency. Rather than creating a charity that would remain a monument to her brother and herself, Ms Ammann wanted their legacy to live on only in the positive impact it would have on those in need. She was wary of the ongoing costs associated with running a foundation in perpetuity and believed that larger disbursements over a short period of time can be more effective than small, recurring grants. Thus, Mrs. Ammann has designed the foundation as a spending foundation, which will be required to commit all of its funds within a limited number of years after receiving the proceeds from the sale of the Thomas and Doris Ammann Collection.
In order to honor these guidelines and keep its operations as lean as possible, the Board of Directors of the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation will work with established players in the nonprofit sector to identify, select, fund and monitor a limited number appropriate organizations, whose efforts can be scaled with the significant funds the foundation expects to have available for distribution.
At the heart of the foundation’s ethos is the fundamental humanitarian belief that it is our duty to promote the welfare of others and to alleviate suffering, unconditionally and without ulterior motive.
The Board of the Thomas and Ammann Foundation is honored to be entrusted with the implementation of Ms. Ammann’s ambitious vision and is excited to begin work on this important task.