The BMW Foundation aims to facilitate global dialogue and to drive social innovation. To this end, we bring together people from across cultures, countries and communities around selected key areas. We believe that our approach breaks down barriers between politics, business, academia, and non-profits and allows society to benefit from the energy and creativity that result from cross-sector collaboration.
Our work targets one group in particular: international leaders. As influential opinion makers with a wealth of experience, they can make an important contribution to a society based on solidarity. On the one hand, they can consider the social impact of their professional activities; on the other, they can leave their “silos” behind and embrace a more civic-minded attitude. We help leaders to utilize their skills and networks in the form of pro-bono or philanthropic engagement, or to cooperate with civil-society organizations.
We believe that interdisciplinary thinking and cross-sector cooperation is indispensable to understanding and solving the problems of our times. We therefore seek cooperations with a wide variety of institutions – government departments, foundations, think tanks, and social actors – in all areas of our work. These collaborations help us to recognize trends and innovative ideas more quickly and to further develop our activities thematically and methodologically. Through a growing number of new partnerships, we have been able to systematically expand our programs and more effectively advance our objectives, including at the political level. A special focus is on strong partner organizations abroad, who help our work take on an increasingly global reach.
In 1959, Herbert Quandt secured BMW’s independence and thus laid the foundation for the successful development of the automobile company. To honor his entrepreneurial achievement, BMW AG in 1970 established our foundation. In our relationship with our donor, we are guided by the “Ten Recommendations for Nonprofit Corporate Foundations” published by the Association of German Foundations. In 2000, BMW AG established a second corporate foundation in Germany - the Eberhard von Kuenheim Stiftung.