Freedom, democracy and a market-based economy cannot be taken for granted. They are founded on confidence in a society and must be accepted by its citizens. The price of a community based on the principle of liberty includes a willingness and the courage to stand up for it and, if necessary, suffer its hardships.
One of the Foundation’s main priorities is to strengthen democracy, the rule of law and Germany’s social market economy, which combines free enterprise with a comprehensive social security system, especially in the eyes of the young generation of students and graduates.
The extensive changes taking place in this "globalised age" are confronting the state, business, society and, not least, the individual citizen with new challenges: The aim of the Schleyer Foundation is to contribute to intellectual and political orientation in higher education and the public at large which will make young people, in particular, aware of the importance of the rule of law and of finding solutions to society’s problems without restricting its freedoms. This in turn will encourage competitive thinking, creativity and the will to achieve.
The Schleyer Foundation’s programmes particularly aim to promote a dialogue between well-qualified young scientists and practitioners in their field, with other disciplines and the media. Based on liberal values this dialogue creates platforms for refreshing exchanges of ideas and views, establishes long-lasting networks and simultaneously serves as a stimulus for the idea of the Res Publica – the common good.
At the various public events organised by the Foundation new ideas are presented for discussion in open dialogue with practitioners in that field. In the course of more than thirty years this has nurtured a wide variety of contacts and connections and created new perspectives between neighbouring disciplines and between scientific theory and practical experience in politics and business. These bridging dialogues have established a core of fundamental values whose influence can be felt in public life, not least due to the contributions made by over 2,000 alumni active today in science, business, government, education and the media.
The Hanns Martin Schleyer Foundation constantly sticks its finger in the wounds and its oar in society’s great debates. We are an operative and active foundation and a high-level forum attracting considerable public interest.
The Schleyer Foundation is a lean institution – unbureaucratic, with a pared-down budget and yet still highly effective. The Schleyer Foundation finances its work from investment earnings and donations; we also share costs by conducting projects jointly with other foundations.
The work of the Foundation is concentrated on developing and realising our own programmes. We regret that we cannot provide sponsorship in the form of scholarships, grants or project funding.
The Hanns Martin Schleyer Foundation is a non-profit-making, civil law foundation for the promotion of science. The Foundation finances its work from investment earnings and donations. All donations go directly to fund our projects and, if so wished by the donors, exclusively for the Foundation’s programme of their choice.
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