The Freudenberg Stiftung was founded in 1984 by the Freudenberg Group, a German family-owned group of companies. It has a broad mandate "to promote science, the humanities and education as well as strengthening peaceful coexistence in society and culture" and focuses particularly on assistance to and democratic education of young people, primarily in Germany.
The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, and in doing so it "is contributing to the prevention of right-wing extremism in schools and communities and pursuing its objective of strengthening democratic civil society."
The Freudenberg Foundation has four major programme areas; two of which are the integration of migrants and promotion of democratic culture. Excerpts: "1. The integration of migrants and cultural minorities in a society that has become an immigrant society as well as the hostile and discriminatory reactions with which they are confronted.", "3. The promotion of democratic culture, which is a prerequisite for peaceful coexistence in society. Here the focus is on supporting projects that encourage democratic learning and assumption of responsibility in schools and communities as well as fighting against extremist influences, above all right-wing extremism, that affect young people in their daily environment."
The Foundation, together with the Amadeu Antonio Foundation and the Sebastian Cobler Foundation, created the Saxon Award for Democracy (Sächsischer Förderpreis für Demokratie). The award is given to projects and organisations that oppose far-right extremism in Saxony. Award winners include the football club Red Star Leipzig (Roter Stern Leipzig), a left-wing club in the Connewitz district of Leipzig, and Open Your Eyes Oberlausitz (Augen auf e.V. Oberlausitz), a registered association which opposes racism and nationalism.
Amadeu Antonio Foundation ⁕ (Business)
Yasemin Karakaşoğlu (Business)
Sebastian Cobler Stiftung ⁕ (Business)
Andreas Zick (Business)
✡ Dorothee Freudenberg (Business)
CIVIS Medienstiftung ⁕ (Business)
Pia Gerber (Politics)
Britta Kollberg (Business)
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