Herbert Quandt Foundation
The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt promotes responsible leadership and inspires leaders worldwide to work towards a peaceful, just and sustainable future.
The Herbert Quandt Foundation was established in 1980 at Bad Homburg by the chemicals and pharmaceuticals company ALTANA AG, which honoured its long-standing CEO, Dr. h.c. Herbert Quandt (1910-1982), in this way. In 2007, the Foundation was hived off from Altana AG, since when it has been fully independent. Thanks, among other things, to a contribution to the Foundation’s capital made by Susanne Klatten, Herbert Quandt’s daughter and the chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, it currently holds assets of about €40m.On the occasion of the company’s centenary in 2016, BMW AG expanded its commitment to corporate citizenship. Since then, the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt and the Eberhard von Kuenheim Stiftung have been combining their activities in order to increase their global impact.For this reason, the two foundations have consolidated their staffs and operations into the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt, and the capital of the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt has been significantly increased. To account for the growing international orientation of the foundation, it was renamed “BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt” in 2017.
- Journalism Scholarships
With this programme, the Herbert Quandt Foundation wants to foster the potentials for understanding and peace that exist in as well as between the three Abrahamic faiths Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their cultural understandings. In this regard, future journalists have a special significance and responsibility. One main focus of the Foundation’s Trialogue lies on the exchange of young German, Israeli and Palestinian journalists. The Foundation is looking for fellows who share the interest in a trilateral exchange and who want to get work experience in a German media context. In parallel, young journalists from Germany travel to the Middle East for six months. They study Hebrew or Arabic at the Hebrew University, and work at news organisations in Israel and Palestine
- Trialogue School Competitions
The Trialogue of Cultures School Competition enables pupils to learn more about themselves and others, and enjoy sharing experiences of different beliefs, values, traditions and customs. They dedicate themselves to interdisciplinary, project-based, multifaith activities for a whole year, especially learning about and living with the three Abrahamic cultures. At the beginning of the competition, the Foundation equips the participating schools with a starter grant to conduct the projects they have submitted. At the end, it awards prize money for the schemes that have been implemented most successfully. This means the Trialogue can be continued permanently at the schools in question. During the year of the competition, the Foundation advises the schools intensively about the progress they are making. It assists the participants and offers a platform for dialogue by organising regular visits and events. At the same time, it provides professional development courses for teachers in all the participating provinces and supplies materials for those who wish to pursue specific ideas in greater depth.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
Germany - Israel - State of Palestine - Germany