The Essl Foundation MGE gemeinnützige Privatstiftung is an Austrian foundation established in 2007 by Martin and Gerda Essl, and their children, for social purposes and scientific research. Its mission is to support social innovation, social entrepreneurship and persons with disabilities.

Currently the Essl Foundation is focusing its activities on:

  • The Zero Project
  • The support of social projects in Austria, with an emphasis on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the open labor market, in accessibility and inclusive education.
  • Activities to support the philanthropic community in Austria, like Sinnstifter (a joint effort of Austrian philantropists to support social innovation and philanthropy in Austria), and the co-working office space House of Philanthropy in Vienna.

The Essl Foundation is an organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 2014 (ECOSOC status), Member of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and founding member of the Austrian Verband für gemeinnütziges Stiften.