The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company and has managed the philanthropic bequest of company founder Robert Bosch for more than 40 years. Indeed it was his entrepreneurial vision, political farsightedness, moral fortitude and charitable initiatives that set the standards for the work of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. In 1964, the Bosch family’s inherited shares in the company Robert Bosch GmbH were transferred to an estate – Vermögensverwaltung Bosch GmbH – that Robert Bosch had founded back in 1921. This was subsequently renamed Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH (Robert Bosch Foundation) in 1969. The foundation still holds 92 percent of Robert Bosch GmbH’s capital stock of €1.2 billion.


To alleviate suffering of all kinds and promote the moral, physical and intellectual development of the people.

Geographic focus

Germany, Western, Central and South Eastern Europe, US, Turkey, Japan, India, CIS, China

Programme areas

The foundation pursues its objectives via the following programme departments:

• Health and Science

• International Relations – Western Europe, America, Turkey, Japan, India

• International Relations – Central and Southeastern Europe, CIS, China

• Education and Society

• Society and Culture

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is not only an operating foundation that pursues its goals by programmes of its own, but also a funding foundation that enables others to develop and implement projects and initiatives that meet social needs in Germany and abroad. Funding is provided via scholarships, programmes for journalists, competitions and prizes.