The BMW Foundation brings together leaders from across communities, cultures and countries to drive Social Innovation, facilitate Global Dialogue, and promote Responsible Leadership. We believe that our approach breaks down barriers between politics, business and civil society and allows society to profit from the creativity and diversity that result from cross-sectoral 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.