The Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation

The Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation

Zurich, Switzerland – May 2022

Dedicated to improving the lives of young people.

The Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation invests in healthcare initiatives to create better outcomes for underprivileged children and young adults the world over. The Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation is a Swiss philanthropic foundation dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children and young adults. Its founder, the late Doris Ammann (1944-2021) was a dedicated philanthropist with a deep concern for the wellbeing of children, whom she considered most in need of protection and support. With her legacy, the foundation aims to save lives and significantly improve the well-being of children and young adults by championing select causes that are proven to be highly effective in their field.

Driven by the 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 the most common diseases and health issues. We believe that sustainable change requires scalable solutions with demonstrated long-term benefits not just for the individual child in need but also for their families and wider community. We further believe that research, innovation and technology can facilitate and accelerate such sustainable change and lead to measurable improvements to the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of children and young adults.

The foundation will support established organizations in the field of health and well-being to pursue a range of goals from increased life expectancy and eradicating diseases to fighting malnutrition and promoting health education. Through its grants, the foundation expects 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 neediest cases fund with the goal of giving individual suffering children in developing countries access to critical care in first-class medical institutions. Keenly 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 efforts to alleviate their suffering.

Doris Ammann’s vision for the foundation was informed by her clear values, her innate discretion as well as her concern for effectiveness. Rather than create a charity that would remain as a monument to her brother and herself, Ms Ammann wanted for their legacy to live solely 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 convinced that larger disbursements over a short amount of time can prove more effective than smaller recurring grants. Thus, Ms Ammann conceived of the foundation as a spend-down foundation, which will be required to commit the entirety of its funds within a limited number of years of receiving the proceeds of the sale of the Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann.

In order to honor these directives and keep its operations as lean as possible, the board of the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation will cooperate with established actors in the nonprofit sector to identify, select, fund and monitor a limited number of suitable organizations, whose efforts can be scaled with the significant funds the foundation expects to have available for distribution.

At the core 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 start working on this important task.