The Ferry Porsche Foundation supports charitable projects in the social sector and in the areas environment, education & science, culture and sport.
It focuses on children and young people in the regions where Porsche AG has company sites.
Celebrating “70 years of the Porsche sports car” – 20 million euro of foundation funding
Porsche creates the Ferry Porsche Foundation
Stuttgart. Porsche is reinforcing its commitment to social responsibility. As the brand marks its 70th year, the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer has established the Ferry Porsche Foundation. This is intended primarily to support projects in connection with education and social issues, as well as play an active role in youth development.
The company is making an initial investment of ten million euro in the foundation, with a further ten million euro to follow in a second stage. The foundation’s name stems from Ferry Porsche, son of famous vehicle designer Professor Ferdinand Porsche, who founded the Porsche sports car brand in 1948. With the 356 model, he turned his dream of the perfect sports car into a reality. To this day, the company is shaped by Porsche’s socially conscious management philosophy that puts the interests of the employees first.
“For Porsche, economic success and social responsibility are inextricably linked”, says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Through the Ferry Porsche Foundation, we aim to strengthen our existing social and civic activities in a sustainable way, independent of our day-to-day commercial operations.” Porsche AG will provide additional funds to the foundation each year from the company’s profits. In previous years, Porsche has invested up to five million euro annually to promote civil, cultural and social institutions.
“Foundations have a particular importance at times of great change: They are as solid as a rock in turbulent waters, the constant factor. They call for thoughts and actions which encompass longer periods”, says Wolfgang Reimer, President of the Administrative District of Stuttgart, who represented the State Government of Baden-Württemberg at the presentation of the certificate of recognition. “Using a foundation to promote a good cause will make a lasting impression on society – regardless of political trends and economic constraints.”
The Ferry Porsche Foundation will primarily focus on projects in and around the company’s plants in Stuttgart, Weissach and Leipzig. There will also be projects at locations around the world. The foundation supports projects relating to science, research and education, as well as training and development, promotes cultural and environmental initiatives and helps people who are affected by social hardship. In each case, the focus is placed primarily on young people. In the future, Porsche also plans to establish and expand its own programmes within the foundation.
The Ferry Porsche Foundation will be overseen by a Board of Trustees who will provide guidance and advice in relation to the selection of projects and the distribution of funds. The trustees will also ensure that these funds are used appropriately. Dr Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG and son of Ferry Porsche, is the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Oliver Blume is the Chairman. Uwe Hück, Chair of the Group Works Council, will assume the role of Deputy Chairman. Andreas Haffner, Member of the Executive Board for Human Resources, and Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT, are also members of the Board of Trustees.
An Executive Board and a dedicated office will be responsible for operational management. Dr Josef Arweck, Vice President of Porsche Communications, will chair the foundation’s Executive Board. Kai Bliesener, Secretary General of the Porsche AG General Works Council, and Dr Carmen Selg, Vice President of Accounting and Taxation at Porsche AG, will serve as Vice Chairs.
Our main areas of focus
Helping disadvantaged people
One’s family and educational background or state of health should not constitute social barriers. This is why the Ferry Porsche Foundation promotes commitment for participation, integration and inclusion. We are active in the world of children’s and youth work, and we support social projects aimed at empowering the underprivileged to take control of their own lives. We are also involved in helping children and young people with severe illnesses, and in preventive healthcare.
Sustainably protecting nature and the environment for people, animals and plants is another aim of the Ferry Porsche Foundation. Therefore, we are active in the areas of nature conservation, biodiversity and environmental education. Our goal is to preserve and expand habitats for biological diversity. Above all, we want to raise awareness and knowledge of environmental issues among children and young people.
Education & science
Clever minds need support
Inspiring young people to focus on their education and opening doors for them, regardless of their family background and personal situation, by giving them fair access to the education system are some of the guiding principles of the Ferry Porsche Foundation. In addition to this, we promote innovative research concepts – which we see as an investment in the future. Training children in road safety to encourage safety consciousness at a young age and to make them aware of the dangers of traffic is another specific aim of ours.
High performance culture for everyone
Music and art are important cultural assets that bind people together, promote tolerance and stimulate enthusiasm for innovations. This is why we have set ourselves the goal of enabling people at all levels of society to take part in cultural life. We want to encourage building bridges between traditional art and the inspirations of today. In particular, we want to encourage a fascination for culture in children and young people. Beyond this, we also want to build awareness of our cultural heritage by protecting and conserving objects of cultural value.
Porsche is sporty – on and off the racing circuit
The Ferry Porsche Foundation is an active sponsor both in the world of popular, recreational sports as well as in the world of top-class sports. Physical activity and sports are not only important for the health and social development of children and adolescents. New talent is also discovered and nurtured at club level before it reaches the peaks of professional sport. In team sports, young people learn to appreciate camaraderie as a positive experience while gaining valuable knowledge for later life.
Our aim is to sponsor sustainable projects by charitable organisations and institutions. We are primarily active at the production sites in Stuttgart, Weissach and Leipzig and the surrounding areas. The prerequisite for support from the Ferry Porsche Foundation is a fit with our areas of focus and funding principles.
- Public officials
- Politically exposed persons / political parties
- Organisations that discriminate against other people in their activities
- Organisations whose stated purpose is to propagate faith, i.e. organisations that follow missionary aims. An exception to this rule applies to organisations with a religious funding body whose statutes specify an exclusive commitment to social aims.
- Individual persons / individual cases
- Construction projects
- Administrative costs (printing costs, travel costs, rent, personnel etc.)
- Loans, credits, sureties, barter transactions
- Regional authorities / other public bodies
- Non-charitable purposes
Submitting a grant application
Does your project meet all the necessary criteria? Then we invite you to submit a request to us by using the application form and sending it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please understand that we can only process applications that have been filled out correctly and completed in full, and please restrict the documents and information you submit to what is necessary. The probability of your proposal being accepted does not increase with the number of documents you hand in.
The funding process
We check the submitted grant application to establish whether the Ferry Porsche Foundation can support your project. You will receive a response within eight weeks of us receiving your request. In the event of a positive decision, you will receive a legally relevant commitment specifying the amount of funding and the intended purpose. After you receive the donation payment, you must issue a donation receipt to the Ferry Porsche Foundation.
Board of Trustees
Dr. Wolfgang Porsche
Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking
Board of Directors
Dr. Sebastian Rudolph
Chairman of the board
Dr. Carmen Selg
Yvonne A. Engel-Schwarz
What Ferry Porsche stands for
It all began with a dream. “At the beginning, I looked around me and I couldn’t find my dream car. So I decided to build it myself.” Ferry Porsche (19 September 1909 to 27 March 1998) made his dream come true: In June 1948, he completed the first Porsche sports car – founding a world-famous brand in the process. For almost five decades, this visionary sports car designer oversaw the rise of his company from its humble beginnings to the very peak of global sports car production – as a successful managing director, later as the chairman of the supervisory board, and finally as an experienced advisor.
Even many years after his death, Ferry Porsche is still an unshakeable central pillar for Porsche AG and its employees. Part of what makes him so unforgettable is his pioneering spirit and his business acumen. However, he was also an entrepreneur with a heart, and he took his social responsibilities very seriously. Ferry Porsche focused on people – creating a unique corporate culture shaped by successful social partnership, which is still such a key feature of Porsche to this day.