The Robert Bosch Stiftung
Robert Bosch Hospital
The newly constructed Robert Bosch Krankenhaus (RBK, Hospital) in Stuttgart, 1972.
Lecture Series
The German-American historian Fritz Stern (front, center) gave a lecture on "The second chance. Germany at the beginning and at the end of the 20th century" on October 7, 1991.
30th Anniversary
Reception in the Robert Bosch House in Stuttgart on November 29, 1994.
Robert Bosch Fellows
In 1996, chancellor Helmut Kohl received the participants of the "Fellowship Program for Young American Leaders."
Public Awareness for Voluntary Work
The "Journalistenpreis Bürgerschaftliches Engagement and Marion-Dönhoff-Förderpreis" was awarded by the Foundation to create more public awareness for voluntary work. Countess Dönhoff was publisher of the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit" (front, second from left).
School Partnerships
After the fall of the Berlin Wall the Foundation iniciated the competition "Acting Together - Learning from Each Other - Growing Together" for German-German school partnerships.
Clinic for Geriatric Rehabilitation
In the mid-1990s, with the Foundation's financial support, the Robert Bosch Krankenhaus began an intensive rebuilding and modernization phase, which reached its first apex with the 1998 opening of the Clinic for Geriatric Rehabilitation.
Humanitarian Aid for Central and Eastern Europe
Prive-giving of the competition "Humanitarian Aid for Central and Eastern Europe" with Federal President Johannes Rau.
Meetings of Journalists
German-Polish meeting of journalists with chancellor Gerhard Schröder, 2001.
Adelbert von Chamisso Prize
Saša Stanišić is the winner of the 2008 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize. The literary prize is awarded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung since 1985 to authors writing in the German language whose literature is affected by cultural changes. The photo shows Stanišić at a reading in front of the Robert Bosch House.
Youth and Democracy
In 2013, the media initiative "You Have the Power" started the multimedia talent show RAPutation, where young people used rap to make political statements.

 

The Era of Citizens
On October 16, 2014, German President Joachim Gauck opened the international "Era of Citizens – How Civil Society and Foundations are Shaping the Future" conference in Berlin. The conference was part of the Foundation's program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding.

A Brief History of the Foundation

The Robert Bosch Stiftung has been in existence for over 50 years and today it belongs to the most significant foundations in Germany and Europe. This development started in 1964 when the executors of Robert Bosch's testament structured his will for the future in a so-called "Bosch Constitution." Aside from the corporation, the Industrietreuhand KG, and the Bosch family, the Bosch Asset Management company ("Vermögensverwaltung Bosch GmbH") was created as a fourth cornerstone of this structure. It changed its name in 1969 to Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH.
The Foundation's initial years were shaped by a large undertaking: The new construction of the Robert Bosch Krankenhaus (RBK, Hospital) in Stuttgart. In 1940, Robert Bosch personally opened the first RBK. However, in the 1960s it became evident that only a newly constructed building and a focus on the demands of modern medicine would be able to permanently secure the existence of a competitive hospital; it was opened in 1973.

Two years earlier, Robert Bosch's oldest daughter had endowed the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology which was also built on the Burgholzhof in Stuttgart. At this early stage, a second line of funding in accordance with Robert Bosch was realized through projects initiated regarding German-French relations. Furthermore, there were other smaller projects in the area of education and social affairs.

In the 1970s and early 80s, the Foundation established thematic focal points for funding which provided a framework and structure to the previously individual projects. Therefore, from today's perspective, it is noteworthy that the focus areas "Structural Questions in the Health Care Sector," "City Development," "Support of Foreign Nationals in Germany," and "Practical Learning" (in other words education) belong – to this day – to the highly debated challenges facing our society and for which solutions are (still) being grappled with.

The international funding was expanded through German-Polish relations (which, in 1974, was a real pioneering effort) and German-American relations, which in 1984 were given a distinct profile with the still existing Fellowship Program. Also, the Foundation lecture was born back then. In 1980, the Robert Bosch Stiftung's Institute for the History of Medicine was founded, a further step to contemporarily continue with the will of Robert Bosch who strongly advocated homeopathy. With a small team, this all took place under the leadership of Dr. Alfred Hetzel (Chairman of the Board of Trustees) and Dr. Peter Payer (Managing Director) beginning in 1986 in the historical rooms of the Bosch House. For its hundredth anniversary, the corporation had extensively restored the prestigious rooms and made them accessible as the Foundation's seat.
For the Foundation, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Communism in Europe opened unexpected possibilities and opportunities. Numerous national programs were expanded to East Germany or especially tailored for it; step by step the international funding was expanded into Central and Eastern Europe. The outstanding initiatives of the early 1990s were: The "Acting Together – Learning from Each Other – Growing Together" competition for German-German school partnerships, the program "Social Civic Initiatives in the New Federal States" with close to one thousand individual projects, the focus areas "Health Promotion in Schools" and "New Approaches in Nursing and Elderly Care," the Lectureship Programs for Central and Eastern Europe, the "Postgraduate Program in International Affairs" as well as "Historical German Locations in the New Federal States."

Increasingly, the Foundation defined higher ranking areas for its commitment: School and education, voluntary work, talent, new forms of international exchange, nursing, and old age. Internally as well, the Foundation reacted to the new dimensions (considerably higher number of projects and funding amounts, professionalization of the processes, and a stronger public presence). The central unit and the public relations department were newly equipped and the departments (later program areas) were slowly, but steadily, given additional personnel. At this time, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees was Dr. Karl Gutbrod and the Managing Director was Dr. Ulrich Bopp.

In order to fund sensibly and effectively, the 90s brought - aside from the geographical expansion - an increasing differentiation in the employed methods and instruments. Numerous formats were developed and implemented. These include, for example, prizes, (funding) competitions, fellowship programs, but also the use of independent commissions and juries, model projects, and - increasingly more often - the (political) general public, for example with the "Manifesto for Voluntary Services in Germany and Europe" (1998) or the "Stuttgart Appeal for More Internationality in Education, Training, and Personnel Policies" (1999).

The international commitment is not only reflected in international relations, but has also found its way into other areas, for example, through the competition "Junge Wege in Europa" for joint projects by school students and youth groups in Germany and CEE and the competition "Humanitarian Aid for Central and Eastern Europe" (both 1998). The focus area "German-Czech relations" followed a year later. In the mid-1990s, with the Foundation's financial support, the RBK began an intensive rebuilding and modernization phase, which reached its first apex with the 1998 opening of the Clinic for Geriatric Rehabilitation. The Chair of the Board of Trustees had been assumed by Dr. Heiner Gutberlet.
Around the turn of the millennium, the Foundation looked for and found new questions and further expanded its operating range: The focus areas "Youth and Technology – Society and Sciences" (for example through the program NaT-Working), "International Agronomy and Forestry," "Museum" as well as "Life in Old Age" (2002). Here, old age is primarily seen as an opportunity and a resource in order to give new impulses to the cohabitation of generations in a changing society.

In 2003, the focus area "German-Turkish relations" opened international opportunities which, through its Turkish migrant population, were immediately felt in Germany. The focus areas "Family and Demographic Change" (2004) and "Education in Early Childhood" (2005) identify critical demands for the future viability and competitiveness of our society and show practical ways of implementation. In order to give the educational discussion some momentum, the Foundation awarded the German School Prize in 2006. The subject "Migration and Integration" (focus area since 2005) seizes on another key social function requiring new solutions.

Internationally, the Foundation is setting its sights on "Southeastern Europe" (focus area 2006) and on Asia with focus areas on German-Chinese, German-Japanese, and German-Indian relations. Further attention is given to science. The Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) and the Robert Bosch Lectureship Research into the Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources are sending a signal for the future. Various dependent Foundations were, in addition to Hans-Walz-Stiftung, integrated into the Robert Bosch Stiftung: Otto und Edith Mühlschlegel Stiftung, DVA-Stiftung, Rochus and Beatrice Mummert Foundation. Since 2002, the Board of Management of Robert Bosch Stiftung has been led by Dieter Berg (Chairman) and, one year later, additionally by Dr. Ingrid Hamm. In 2008, Dr. Kurt W. Liedtke assumed the Chair of the Board of Trustees. The number of employees has reached 100.
In honor of Robert Bosch’s 150th birthday in 2011, the Robert Bosch Stiftung chose "Assuming Responsibility" as the guiding theme for the year. Within the scope of the "Responsible Citizens" multimedia campaign, the Foundation followed 150 people who are shaping their social environments with ideas and initiatives and – just as Robert Bosch did in his time – assuming responsibility. On Robert Bosch’s actual birthday, September 23, 2011, the ground-breaking ceremony for the largest project in the Foundation’s history took place in Freiburg: the Robert Bosch College – a pre-university college for gifted young people from around the world and the first United World College (UWC) in Germany.

At the same time, the Foundation also continued to develop its programmatic focus. The online platform AcademiaNet, which contains personal profiles of excellent female scientists and scholars, went live at the end of 2010, with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel personally "flipping the switch." The international platform serves to help increase the number of women on boards and in leadership positions in the world of science and research.

In the area of health care, the Foundation has continued pilot projects to improve regional care and to connect the various health care professions more strongly. In 2012, the Foundation presented for the first time the German Senior Citizens’ Awards honoring the best ideas from and for senior citizens.

Within the scope of international understanding, the Foundation intensified its dialog with China and developed approaches to support the democratic revolutions in the Arab world. With the "Promoting Europe" focus area, the Foundation countered the dwindling interest of citizens in the European unification process. The Foundation launched new support formats for young people and young professionals.

The Foundation further expanded its support activities in the field of education, for example in early childhood education and the successful integration of young migrants. A new focus area was launched: "Youth and Democracy." Using new, contemporary means, such as the project "You Have the Power," the Foundation reaches out to and involves young people with little interest in politics.

In April 2013, Dr. Joachim Rogall joined Dr. Ingrid Hamm on the Foundation’s Board of Management. Dieter Berg, the Chairman of the Board until that time, retired.

In 2014, the Robert Bosch Stiftung celebrated its 50th anniversary! In line with the slogan "50 Years Shaping the Future," the Foundation looked back on its history and appreciated its accomplishments. The Foundation also looked toward the future and the societal challenges it brings with it.

Among the outstanding events of the anniversary year were the 30th awarding of the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize in Munich and the podium discussion "Poland – Germany and the Neighbors to the East" on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Foundation’s support of the special relationship between these two neighboring countries. The Foundation opened its doors to the public for the first time for a festival in July, presenting its work to the citizens of Stuttgart. In September 2014, the UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg was officially inaugurated.

The international conference "Era of Citizens – How Civil Society and Foundations are Shaping the Future" in October marked the conclusion of the anniversary year. The guests included Federal President Joachim Gauck and Nobel Peace Prize laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Muhammad Yunus. At the conference, the Foundation presented its study entitled "The Future of Foundations" conducted by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.

More reports and information on the anniversary year are available on the Internet: www.fiftyyearsshapingthefuture.com offers an overview of 50 years of the Foundation’s history and exemplifies what the Robert Bosch Stiftung stands for to this day.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung opened the Robert Bosch Academy at its Berlin Office in June 2014. The Academy is a place for global dialog and invites renowned decision-makers and experts from around the world to spend time working in the German capital. They take part in the political dialog and life in everyday society. Together with the Heidehof Stiftung, the Robert Bosch Stiftung opened the German School Academy in Berlin in April 2015. In line with the motto "From Experience, for Practice" the German School Academy offers all schools in Germany access to the knowledge and experience of the winners of the German School Award. Together with experienced school practitioners and researchers, the German School Academy develops innovative training for educators. Award-winning schools demonstrate how good schools can function, which hurdles they had to overcome, and how they successfully reformed their schools.

In July 2015, Uta-Micaela Dürig joined Dr. Joachim Rogall on the Foundation’s Board of Management. Dr. Ingrid Hamm, Chief Executive Officer until that time, retired.