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Making a contribution to our community.

The attorneys at VISCHER are involved in various non-profit organizations. Below are some examples of our pro bono work.

Since 1996 Sebastian Burckhardt has been a member, and since 2006 Vice President, of the Board of the Foundation for the Deaf and speech therapy school Riehen and Wielandschule Arlesheim / Bottmingen. This is a private foundation advising young people with communication disabilities as well as supporting and training them in three schools in north-western Switzerland.

Felix W. Egli has been a member of the board of the "Mission 21 - evangelical mission of Basel" ( from 2012 - 2017. The supporting associations of Mission 21 are the Basel Mission, the Evangelical Mission in the Kwango and the Moravian Mission. Mission 21 sees itself as a community of churches and organisations that connects people from different cultures and countries. The cornerstones of the commitment to mission 21 are the theological and cultural exchange, as well as projects in development cooperation within fields such as poverty alleviation, health care, women and gender, education, and the advancement of peace. Mission 21 is a partner of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (SEK) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Thomas Gelzer has been a member of the board of trustees of the Christoph Merian Foundation ( since 2001. The foundation is committed to helping people in need, to a healthy environment, to the quality of life and to culture in Basel. He is also president of the Fondation Sur-la-Croix (, which promotes ecologically and economically sustainable agriculture and supports projects in this field. Thomas Gelzer also chairs the Josef and Olga Tomcsik Foundation, Basel, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Basel Theatre Cooperative (Theater Basel,

David Jenny is president of the Board of the Fund for Advancement of Teaching and Research of the Voluntary Academic Society of Basel ( He sits on the Board Committee of the Home Care Organisation of Basel and is a member of the board of the Association of Basel Foundations ( He is also a member of the Swiss Scout Foundation ( as well as of the European Scout Foundation.

Michael Pfeifer is Secretary on the Board of the Basel Museum Voluntary Association and a member of the Board of the Maurice E. Müller Foundation.

Matthias Staehelin has been on the Board of BioValley Basel since 2010 and is a founding member and treasurer of BioValley Business Angels Basel.

Thomas Weibel is a member of the Board and the Committee of the LA CETRA Association, which is the parent organisation of "La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel", a leading international historical performance orchestra:

Christian Wyss supported Conservation International in the negotiation of a cooperation agreement for agricultural services with a company headquartered in Switzerland. Conservation International is an American non-profit organization that promotes the responsible and sustainable use of nature: He is also a member of the board of the Willy A. and Hedwig Bachofen-Henn-Foundation.

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