The Eckenstein-Geigy-Stiftung is committed to people with special needs, research and social development.

We strive to help people to live self-determined, independent and dignified lives. The sustainability of the supported projects in regards to future generations is essential for us. As a modern foundation and responsible family, we are open to new and innovative forms of philanthropy. In addition to traditional project funding, we invest in visionary social enterprises.

Foundation Board

Gabriel Eckenstein
President of the Board of Trustees

Corinne Eckenstein
Member of the Board of Trustees

Dominik Eckenstein
Member of the Board of Trustees

Foundation Management

Renate Schnyder Plattner
Managing director

Matthias and Jeannine Eckenstein-Geigy were already passionate philanthropists during their lifetime. In their hometown of Basel, they were involved, among other projects, in the construction of the new ape facility of the Basler Zolli. The Eckenstein-Geigy-Stiftung was finally established in 2007 by Matthias Eckenstein and his three children. The foundation is non-religious and politically neutral. Its registered seat is in Basel.

Philanthropic involvement is deeply rooted in our family tradition.

Jeannine & Matthias Eckenstein-Geigy


We want to encourage people and organisations to commit themselves to a good life for everyone according to their possibilities - now and for future generations.

We are committed to ensuring that people with special needs can develop their individual potential and are respected by society as equals. We believe in an inclusive society in which all people – with and without handicaps – can lead a self-determined, fulfilled life and contribute their abilities. No one is left behind.

We are striving to ensure that all people have access to health and that all children receive the best possible medical care. Functioning health systems contribute to greater prosperity and quality of life all over the world. In addition, age-appropriate medication-dosing and the optimisation of medication significantly improve medical care for children.

We are dedicated to ensure that young people can build and shape their future in a self-determined way. We are convinced that personal responsibility and prudent use of natural resources make the world worth living for future generations. We believe that art and culture are important sources of inspiration.


Systematic funding - careful investing: In collaboration with our partners, we aim to give impulses and achieve concrete results from which future generations will benefit from.


Systematic funding - careful investing: In collaboration with our partners, we aim to give impulses and achieve concrete results from which future generations will benefit from.


As a small team, we maintain the relationships with our funding partners, always with the aim of generating synergies and further increasing the impact of the funded projects.

We strive to make a difference. That is why we accompany our projects over a longer period of time and complement them very selectively with activities that we are looking for or developing by ourselves.

We regret that we cannot process unrequested applications or project proposals.

Please contact our office for any further information.