Here is the latest on the Essl Social Prize!


22.11.2010 Essl Social Index 2010 on Disability Governance

In November 2010 the Essl Foundation is presenting the first Essl Social Index as a pilot study. This is a rating system with which the living conditions and legal situation of disadvantaged persons in specific countries are rendered measurable and comparable on an international basis. It is produced annually together with NGOs and stakeholders representing groups of disadvantaged persons and covers some of society’s most urgent social themes. The aim is to locate best practice examples worldwide and to develop the most concrete criteria for improvement. The initial pilot study for the Essl Social Index was conducted, and is now published, in the area of persons with disabilities (Essl Social Index on Disability Governance (ESI-DG)).


21.10.2010 Essl Social Prize 2011 - Prize winner Almaz and Karlheinz Böhm

The Essl Social Prize 2011 goes to Almaz and Karlheinz Böhm for their unprecedented use in Ethiopia for their organization "Menschen für Menschen". In the past three decades, the couple managed well over four million Ethiopians have a future. The awards ceremony will be held on 26 March 2011 in the Hofburg Vienna.


The full press release is read to: press release 21.10.2011  

New initiative of Austrian private foundations presented in Alpbach

Six Austrian private foundations - Erste Stiftung, Essl Foundation, Humer Privatstiftung, Schweighofer Privatstiftung, Katharina Turnauer Privatstiftung und Unruhe Privatstiftung - launched their joint initiative in Alpbach today. The aim is to develop innovative projects in the social area and live social resposibility actively. Every year at least two social projects should be drawn up and realized. A collaboration with dedicated foundations and private persons will be sought.

May 4th, 2010 Interview with Bill Drayton on the occasion of the award ceremony at the Wiener Hofburg




April 12th, 2010 Essl Social Prize 2010 - award ceremony on April 17th, 2010 at the Hofburg Vienna

The Essl Social Prize will be awarded for the third time on April 17th, 2010. The prize money of 1 million euro will go to American Bill Drayton, who has built with Ashoka a world-wide network with more than 2,500 social entrepreneurs in 70 states. 


November 19th, 2009 Essl Social Prize 2010 - Bill Drayton

The Essl Social Prize, the first international prize for social initiatives, will be awarded for the third time in 2010. The prize money of 1 million euro will go to American Bill Drayton. He is the founder and CEO of Ashoka, an international non-profit organisation whose goal is to foster social entrepreneurship world-wide.


Please read the detailed press release: press release November 19th, 2009



September 29th, 2009 Construction site "Tibor háza"

After the ground breaking ceremony on July 8th, 2009, the construction of "Tibor háza" makes good progress. 


Please find a small range of photos on: Prize Winner


July 8th, 2009 Ground-breaking ceremony for "Tibor háza" in Hungary

The Essl Social Prize, the first international prize for social initiatves, was awarded for the second time. This year's prize winner was Szekeres Tiborné from Hungary with her project "Tibor háza". On July 8th the ground-breaking ceremony for the residential home will take place. The house has three floors and includes a hospice for elderly people with mental and/or physical disabilities. 


Please find the press release on: press release July 8th, 2009


July 1st, 2009 Video of the second award ceremony

Please find the video of the second award ceremony from April 3rd, 2009 on video award ceremony.


April 2nd, 2009 Essl Social Prize - Prize Winner from Hungary

In 2009, the Essl Social Prize, the first international prize for social initiatives, will be bestowed for the second time. The prize money of 1,000,000 Euros goes to Mrs. Szekeres Tiborné from Hungary and her project "Dignified Aging for Disabled People". The solemn bestowal of the Prize is scheduled to take place in the Schömer-Haus (bauMax-headquarter) in Klosterneuburg on April 3rd 2009, 6 p.m.

Martin and Gerda Essl have founded the Essl Social Prize to support special initiatives of private persons worldwide. 


Please read the detaild press release on: press release April 2nd, 2009


April 1st, 2009 Opening Casa Abraham

It happened on April 1st, 2009. Casa Abraham, the prize-winning project of the Essl Social Prize 2008, was inaugurated solemnly in Ploieşti, Rumania. The house was built for the benefit of former street children, who found a new home in the facilities of "Concordia", which were established 16 years ago. In Casa Abraham they will be trained as bakers, carpenters, farmers or kindergarden teachers.


A A A Upsize Font
more content
  • contact
  • Press releases
  • Photos
  • Videos