In October 2014 the law firm Richards Layton & Finger, Inc. received a letter from the US Internal Revenue Service, which stated that The Maurice Rohrbach Fund (“MRF”) had been granted tax-exempt status retroactively dating to March 4, 2013. The efforts by Mr. Donald Spark at Richards Layton & Finger in assisting the MRF with the preparation of the By-Laws and the filing for non-profit status is gratefully acknowledged by the Board of Directors of The Maurice Rohrbach Fund. Since becoming a non-profit organization, its membership has grown considerably. The MRF contracted the design of a corporate logo, and a web designer was hired to develop its website.
On March 4, 2013 the MRF was formally incorporated.
On October 24 the US Internal Revenue Service sent a letter of approval of non-profit status of the MRF effective March 4, 2013. Hence, charitable donations made to the MRF are exempt from taxation. The efforts by Mr. Donald Spark at Richards Layton & Finger in assisting the MRF with the preparation of the By-Laws and the filing for non-profit status is gratefully acknowledged by the Board of Directors of The Maurice Rohrbach Fund. In December the MRF co-sponsored the performance of the famed Swiss mime group Mummenschanz at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
Co-sponsored a concert by the prominent jazz harmonica player Gregoire Maret on April 18 at the Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA.
Co-sponsored the exhibit entitled, “Magic of Color/Power of Signs,” by the influential 20th-century Swiss graphic designer, Armin Hofmann.
This exhibit was one of the main attractions of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Graphic Design program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, which was founded by Kenneth J. Hiebert, a former student of Hofmann at the Gewerbeschule in Basel. On Sunday, October 2, the Consulate of Switzerland in Philadelphia and The Maurice Rohrbach Fund jointly hosted a guided tour of the exhibit by Hans-Ulrich Allemann, another former student of Hofmann.
The new website was launched in December, 2017.
The Swiss Mime group Mummenschanz performed “YOU & ME” on March 28th at the Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.
An exhibition “Ten Americans after Paul Klee” was hosted by the Phillips Gallery in Washington DC from February 3rd to May 6th.
The Union League in Philadelphia attracted 78 guests for a reception on October 13th. Swiss musician Etienne Abelin presented “Music-Eyes”, a visual interpretation of music.
The Swiss band Nik Baertsch Ronin performed at the World Cafe in Philadelphia on March 20th.
The Swiss Mime group Mummenschanz toured our region again and performed “YOU & ME” at the McCarter Theater in Princeton and at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia during the month of February.