University of Mannheim Foundation

The University of Mannheim is one of the most prestigious universities in Germany and it is no coincidence that it occupies top positions in German and international rankings. However, academic excellence must be proven every day. Thus, it takes a lot of freedom, including financial freedom, to make the most of the potential of research and teaching and make a lasting contribution to society with the results. This exceeds the available means of the Land of Baden-Württemberg, particularly regarding internationality, digitalization of teaching and future challenges. In order to remain at the forefront nationally and internationally as “your” university, it is essential to have greater financial freedom. Therefore, the University of Mannheim Foundation was established. It was founded in 2005 as a result of the commitment of the Freunde Universität Mannheim e.V. and the alumni association ABSOLVENTUM MANNHEIM. Get to know us better on this page and learn more about our bodies and principles. Feel free to get in touch with us.

The University of Mannheim is one of the leading higher education institutions in Germany: It trains responsible and sought-after leaders for business and society.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Puhl, President of the University of Mannheim / Photo credit: Stefanie Eichler

Purpose of the foundation

Our goal is to...

  • set the right course for the digital future in the changed teaching and learning conditions of tomorrow 
  • provide answers to social questions and make a contribution with our research
  • give young people who are committed but in financial need the opportunity to study
  • make Mannheim more attractive to the best thinkers worldwide (researchers, students and companies)  

Dedicated to the future.

It starts with you. Become part of our new campaign “Der Zukunft gewidmet.” (“Dedicated to the future.”) and learn more about how to get involved in our new projects. Of course, we are also happy to offer advice.

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Newsletter of the foundation

In cooperation with the Freunde der Universität Mannheim e.V., the University of Mannheim Foundation publishes a newsletter every two months to inform about activities, events and news.

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Our charitable activities are based on clear and transparent principles. We build our commitment on these criteria. 


The bodies of the University of Mannheim Foundation are the board of directors, the board of trustees and the investment advisory board. Get to know the bodies and the team of the foundation.


Feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer your questions on funding, donations and the foundation. 


The statutes govern the actions of the foundation. You can find the current version here.

Annual Report

What did our use of funds and net worth look like in 2019? Read more about it here.


Here you can find the most frequently asked questions and answers on the topic of foundations. Please feel free to contact us personally.