Supporting Women, the Arts, Education, and Humanitarian Causes.
Named in memory of the woman who envisaged and inspired it, and guided by her interests,
The Elfi von Dassanowsky Fund of this tribute Foundation presently contributes grants
to national and international charitable / non-profit organizations representing women in
the arts, cultural and educational programs, and humanitarian efforts. Founding Director
is Dr. Robert Dassanowsky. Selection is by advisory panel and applications are not accepted.
Sponsor, Women of Vienna/Frauen aus Wien Bio-Database at FemBio, March 2009
Grant to EICEE: Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe, July 2009
Official Sponsor, First Biennial Intersections Film Festival (IFF) Colorado, October 2009
Grant to the International Museum of Women, San Francisco, October 2009
Grant to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, December 2009
Grant to the Paderewski Music Society, Los Angeles, February 2010
Exhibition Sponsor, GOCA-Galleries of Contemporary Art/University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 2010
Member of Friends of the Secession Museum, Vienna, 2010-11
Patron, Wien Museum/Vienna Museum, 2010-11
'Vertigo' Fundraiser Grant, GOCA-Galleries of Contemporary Art/University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, March 2011
Grant to the Women's International Center - WIC, San Diego, May 2011
Official Sponsor, Second Biennial Intersections Film Festival (IFF), Colorado, October 2011
Donor, The American Austrian Foundation/AAF Prize for Fine Arts, NY, December 2012
Donor, Alice Guy-Blaché Documentary Film Project, Los Angeles, August 2013
Donor/Member, Save Venice, Inc., NY/Boston/L.A., October 2013
Supporter, UNICEF Crystal Snowflake Campaign, NY, November 2013
Donor, Music Program/University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, March 2014
'Brilliant' Fundraiser Grant, GOCA-Galleries of Contemporary Art/University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, May 2014
Donor, Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts, December 2014
Donor, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, April 2015
Donor, Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, April 2015
'Brilliant' Fundraiser Grant, GOCA-Galleries of Contemporary Art/University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, May 2015
Founding Supporter, Academy Museum, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles, December 2015
Founding Donor, ENT Center for the Arts; Elfi von Dassanowsky Foundation Music Rehearsal Room, Colorado Springs, 2016
The Elfi Dassanowsky Prize / Elfi-Dassanowsky-Preis, an internationally juried 1,000 Euro award for women filmmakers in competition at the Oscar qualifying VIS: Vienna Shorts Film Festival premiered at the 7th annual festival in Vienna, Austria June 2, 2010. It was presented to Inger Lise Hansen for Parallax (Norway 2009).
8th VIS Festival 2011: the prize to Annick Blanc for Au milieu de nulle part ailleurs (Nowhere Elsewhere) (Canada 2010).
9th VIS Festival 2012: the prize to Ruth Lingford for Little Deaths (UK/USA 2011).
10th VIS Festival 2013: the prize to Karolina Glusiec for Velocity (Poland/UK 2012).
11th VIS Festival 2014: the prize to Jennifer Reeder for A Million Miles Away (USA 2014).
12th VIS Festival 2015: the prize to Konstantina Kotzamani for Washingtonia (Greece 2014).
13th VIS Festival 2016: the prize to Alex Gerbaulet for Schicht (Shift) (Germany 2015).
14th VIS Festival 2017: the prize to Maite Alberdi & Giedrė Žickytė for Yo no soy de aqui (I'm Not from Here) (Chile, Denmark, Italy, Lithuania 2016).
Famed Canadian rose grower Brad Jalbert unveiled a new floribunda-tea rose hybrid named the Elfi von Dassanowsky Rose, also known as the "Elfi" in December 2009. It was included in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the NY Botanical Garden in Spring 2013. Presentation ceremonies will be forthcoming at the Volksgarten in Vienna and in Los Angeles. The rose is available for purchase in bare-root form at Palantine Roses, Ontario, Canada
The International Astronomers Union (IAU) named the minor planet 4495 Dassanowsky in her honor November 2014.
The local government of the 6. Gemeindebezirk (Municipal District) of Vienna known as Mariahilf has voted to name the Gemeindebau (municipal apartment building) at Magdalenenstrasse 13/Linke Wienzeile 82 the "Elfi-Dassanowsky-Hof" (Elfi Dassanowsky Court) in recognition of her birth in the 6th District and for her contributions to the culture of Vienna. The dual segment building of 26 units constructed around a central courtyard was designed by Johann Hack in 1969 will be completely renovated with dedication planned for late 2018. The naming of municipal apartment sites in Vienna began with the large scale worker's housing constructions (over 1,000 units) created by the Social-Democratic communal policies of the 1920s, which led the world in such progressive government-owned housing communities.