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.
The Foundation is divided into four areas to support and operate its aid program. In order to pursue the Foundation's objectives, it promotes external projects and initiates its own projects for developing and running programs.
Some 130 employees manage an average of about 800 internal and external projects a year. Approximately €68 million was spent on program work in 2011. In total the Robert Bosch Stiftung has provided grants worth €1 billion since its founding.
The Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (Robert Bosch Hospital), the Dr. Margarete-Fischer-Bosch Institut für Klinische Pharmakologie (Institute for Clinical Pharmacology) and the Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung (Institute for the History of Medicine) are all part of the Foundation, as are the associated foundations of the Hans-Walz-Stiftung, the Otto und Edith Mühlschlegel Stiftung, the DVA-Stiftung, and the Rochus und Beatrice Mummert-Stiftung.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung has its headquarters at Robert Bosch Haus, the former home of Robert Bosch in Stuttgart, though it has been based in the newly-erected Bosch Haus Heidehof since 2004. The Foundation has its own office in Berlin.
The Program Areas
To respond to social challenges and develop new solutions are the key objectives of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. To do so, Robert Bosh Stiftung organizes a wide range of projects and programs owns and supports many project ideas developed by others. People are at the center of all the activities because people are the basis of innovation. This was also the approach adopted by the founder, Robert Bosch.
They pick up on social issues at an early stage in five areas of support
– and, with their projects, develop exemplary solutions for the future. Moreover, in the coming years, they will increasingly direct their activities on three focus areas
Their five areas of support are:
Education: A holistic perspective
Future viability is the core demand society and its institutions must meet today. A modern education system must prepare young people to face the challenges of tomorrow. Education-related projects facilitate and reinforce social orientation, participation, and cohesion through learning. They are seen as contributing toward the creation of equal opportunities across society and are also considered to be a tool for integration. All projects and initiatives are aimed at helping to promote the development, consolidation, and enhancement of the German education system.
Society: Accepting challenges
Their society is changing: they are decreasing in number and getting older all the time – but they are becoming more diverse, too. New forms of living together are replacing traditional family structures, while rapid advances in communication are shaping the way they interact with each other. At the same time, they are increasingly questioning the fundamental consensus of their social and political interactions: There has been a significant erosion of trust in the representative democracy and political parties, with more and more people believing that they are no longer being heard. In light of these developments, the Robert Bosch Stiftung wishes to help as many people as possible to gain an equal stake in community life and take action, with and for each other. They work with them to look for responses to societal change and thus strengthen social cohesion.
Health: Making health care fit for the future
Since the Robert Bosch Stiftung was founded in 1964, a focus on health has been a key aspect of their work, and one which began with the establishment of the Robert Bosch Hospital, which the man himself inaugurated in 1940. Today their activities in this field center around the ongoing challenge of offering optimal health care – both now and in the future – to the growing number of people with chronic conditions and multiple illnesses, in view of demographic changes and the continual digitization of health care.
International Relations: Dialog to promote cooperation
They have played an active role in supporting international relations since their founding. In addition to multilateral projects, they are also active in the nations of the European Union, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Turkey, Russia, North Africa, the United States, China, India, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
Science and Research: Building bridges between science and society
They are searching for new ways to bridge the gap between science and society in order to find joint solutions for living together in the future. In this process, the participation and the active contribution of all parts of society are pivotal to us.
Society and science are closely interrelated. Science can shape society by generating new knowledge, by educating and qualifying future problem solvers and decision-makers, and by incorporating knowledge from and into society. Considering the great challenges they are facing with regard to climate change, resource scarcity, rapid urbanization and societal cohesion, they foster research in these areas in Germany, Europe and Sub-Sahara Africa.