SBS Swiss Benevolent Society
of San Francisco

About Us

"The Swiss Benevolent Society of San Francisco is organized for the purpose of aiding deserving Swiss nationals and their direct descendants. ... Funds may be used for such charitable and eleemosynary purposes as aid to Swiss nationals or their direct descendants in case of need or emergency, or as scholarships for Swiss nationals or their direct descendants, in an area contiguous to San Francisco ..." (By-Laws Article II: Purpose of the Society)

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2023 Board of Directors

The Board is made up of seven to eleven volunteers serving staggered 3-year terms. They share the responsibility for managing the Society and its activities.

Ruedi SandmeierPresident
Carla TwitchellVice-President
Marianne AubertSecretary
John ZeiterTreasurer
Martin ZauggConsular Relations
Andreas EgglerInvestments Committee
Carla TwitchellAssistance Committee
Ariana GhelfiScholarship Committee
John AndrewScholarship Committee
Susann SandmeierScholarship Committee
Doug TwitchellMembership
Daniel EggenMembership
Pius KampfenAuditor
Stefan WelterAuditor


The “Swiss Relief Society of San Francisco” was founded in 1886 and incorporated on January 19, 1901. The organization's name was changed to “Swiss Benevolent Society of San Francisco” on February 18, 1987. We are organized as a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, Tax ID#: 94-6052328.

Annual Reports

138th Annual Meeting Minutes - January 27, 2023.
137th Annual Meeting Minutes - March 11, 2022.
136th Annual Meeting Minutes - February 20, 2021.

Tax ID
Swiss Benevolent Society
Pier 17, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94111
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