Foundation for the ICRC

Who we are

The Foundation for the ICRC aims to secure the future of neutral, impartial, independent humanitarian action in order to assist people affected by armed conflict.

Established in 1931, the Foundation supports the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to save lives and protect human dignity, and to alleviate and prevent suffering by promoting international humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.

Our history

The Foundation for the ICRC was established in 1931 with the support of the Swiss Confederation. Its aim was to maintain the ICRC's capacity to fulfil its humanitarian mission during the turbulent interwar period and the economic crisis of the 1930s.

In 2020, the Foundation was restructured as an umbrella foundation to host a variety of dedicated funds, administered by first-class asset managers and aligned with solid ethical principles.

Our mission

The Foundation's mission is to save lives, alleviate suffering and protect human dignity in armed conflict by ensuring the future of the ICRC's neutral, independent and impartial humanitarian action.

Annual proceeds from the Foundation's endowment fund support the ICRC in carrying out its exclusively humanitarian mission.

Our vision

The Foundation's vision is to secure the future of the ICRC's neutral, independent and impartial humanitarian action.


"Front-line humanitarian workers are facing a spike in urgent humanitarian needs caused by armed conflict, which are being compounded by the consequences of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. In parallel, foreign aid budgets are coming under mounting pressure.

It is vital, now more than ever before, to invest in the future of neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian action. The Foundation for the ICRC is a unique way to help protect the lives and dignity of people affected by armed conflict, now and in the future."

— Gilles Carbonnier, President of the Foundation Board and Vice-President of the ICRC