The Volkswagen Foundation is Germany‘s largest private research funding foundation, and one of the country’s largest common benefit foundations under private law. It supports the humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology in higher education and research. The Volkswagen Foundation is neither a corporate foundation nor affiliated to the company; its decision-making bodies are autonomous and independent.
The Volkswagen Foundation's office with some 100 staff is located in Hannover-Döhren. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising 14 eminent persons drawn from the domains of academia, politics, and industry. It appoints the Secretary General, who heads the office.
Events of the Volkswagen Foundation are aimed at strengthening the bond between science and society at large and generating fresh impetus for the transfer of research results. Since January 2013, scientific symposia, workshops and conferences are held in the newly reconstructed Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, where the Foundation also offers series of events open to interested members of the public.