Private Initiative

Gebert Rüf Stiftung was established as a scientific foundation in 1997 by the entrepreneur Heinrich Gebert (1917-2007) and endowed with a starting capital of CHF 220 million. The foundation’s name is in homage to his first wife Paula Rüf who died in 1995. The founder Heinrich Gebert acts as a patron of many other private institutions in the fields of education and arts. He does not hold any office in the business operations of Gebert Rüf Stiftung. However, the foundation is committed to following the entrepreneurial approach of its founder in all its grant-making activities.

Designing rather than administering

Gebert Rüf Stiftung has a professional board of trustees comprised of experts from a variety of disciplines. Its members contribute a wide range of experience from both academia and the business world. Their combined knowledge allows a broad and strategic view beyond the limitations of disciplines, faculties, universities, institutions and regions. The decision making process of Gebert Rüf Stiftung is always focused on opportunities to «drive Switzerland as a site for economic activities and as an attractive place to live» (purpose article). The operational activities of the foundation are likewise directed by an interdsciplinary team guaranteeing the development of the foundation’s areas of activity and a professional monitoring of projects.