Who we are
The Freudenberg Foundation was set up in 1984 by partners of the Freudenberg & Co. KG company as an independent, civil-societal organization tasked with fostering education and peaceful co-existence.

The Freudenberg Foundation


Right from the start it has campaigned for a strong democratic civil society in Europe, with a primary focus on Germany.

We put our trust in the strength of civil society. We believe that it can make the world a more democratic place without any groupings’ being ostracized. The Freudenberg Foundation supports charitable organizations that have the potential to progress social cohesion and democratic culture on a long-term basis.

The yardstick of success is whether in the regions where the foundation is meaningfully involved democracy-boosting forces continue to flourish, and upward mobility through education is possible irrespective of a person’s social origins.


Germany is at present experiencing a shift to the right. Society is increasingly fissured: this is discernible within city districts, between urban and rural communities, and between different ideological milieus. At the same time, Germany plays a key role in Europe for successfully consolidating democracy, social cohesion including refugees and also fair economic relationships with emigration countries. The Freudenberg Foundation, as an independent organization committed to long-term activism, opts here for advanced models of social inclusion and democratic culture.