The Essl Foundation MGE gemeinnützige Privatstiftung is a private, not-for-profit foundation established in 2007 by Martin and Gerda Essl, and their children, for social purposes. The foundation has been provided with sufficient financial resources to support its activities in the long-term.
Its mission is to support social innovation, social entrepreneurship and persons with disabilities.

Currently the Essl Foundation is focusing its activities on:

  • Zero Project
  • The annual Essl Social Prize
  • The support of social projects in Austria, with an emphasis on people with disabilities and for training and employment models for disadvantaged peoples.
  • Sinnstifter, a joint effort of Austrian philantropists to support social innovation and philanthropy in Austria.

The Essl Foundation is an organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council since 2014, NGO associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information, Member of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), European Venture  Philanthropy  (EVPA), Verband für gemeinnütziges Stiften and Sinnstifter.