The WHU Foundation –

Funding and supporting Germany’s top Business School.

WHU Foundation

The WHU Foundation –
Supporting the successful growth of WHU.

Established in 1984, the WHU Foundation is a charitable foundation registered under German law in Vallendar, Germany. Its main purpose is to fund and support WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, one of Germany's leading business schools. The Foundation’s activities are financed by its capital and third-party donations.

In keeping with the principles of good foundation practice, the WHU Foundation considers transparency key in its responsibility to society and its sponsors. Therefore, the Foundation’s work is voluntarily audited annually by an auditing firm and publishes a comprehensive annual report. The WHU Foundation also manages the assets of various non-independent foundations, such as the Irmgard und Erich Schneider Foundation, the Intergenerational Business Foundation (“Generationenübergreifendes Wirtschaften”), and the CIO Foundation.


Become part of an idea –
Support the successful growth of WHU.

There are many ways to support WHU in its mission to deliver ‘Excellence in Management Education’. As well as endowment contributions to the Foundation capital, the chair, and center endowments, it is also possible to support individual research projects or to finance study places for individual students.

We would be delighted to speak with you in a personal conversation about your funding interests.

Contact us

WHU’s bank details for donations:

Sparkasse Koblenz
IBAN DE38 5705 0120 0000 2135 79

Founders and Benefactors

Benefactors, sponsors, and more –
A central element of our school.

WHU is a private school and therefore receives no government funding. Approximately 60 percent of the funding needs of the school are met by the income generated from the Foundation’s financial assets, by endowments, and by donations from the business world and individuals. WHU’s alumni also generously support their alma mater.

WHU differentiates between:

Prof. Otto Beisheim Stiftungen

In Praxi - WHU Alumni Association


Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

adidas AG

Stiftung Mercator GmbH


Allianz SE

Dietmar Hopp Stiftung GmbH

real GmbH

Stiftung Generationenübergreifendes Wirtschaften

IHK zu Koblenz


Merck Finck Privatbankiers AG

Deutsche Post Stiftung

Bayer AG

Beiersdorf AG

Covestro Deutschland AG

CTcon GmbH

Deutsche Post AG

Deutsche Telekom AG

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Merck KGaA


Thyssen Krupp AG

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Diligentia - Stiftung für empirische Forschung


Goldman Sachs International

Niedax GmbH & Co.KG

P+P Pöllath + Partners Rechtsanwälte und Steuerberater mbH

Sparkasse Koblenz

WIPRO Limited

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH

Accenture Dienstleistungen GmbH

Binz & Partner Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Wirtschaftsprüfer mbB

Canyon Bicycles GmbH

Egon Zehnder International GmbH

eprimo GmbH


Merrill Lynch UK

d-fine GmbH


Bain & Company Germany, Inc.

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

EY-Parthenon GmbH

PwC Strategy& (Germany) GmbH

Roland Berger GmbH 

Irmgard und Erich Schneider Stiftung

A. T. Kearney GmbH

bridges+links GmbH

MLP Finanzdienstleistungen AG

Debeka Versicherungsgesellschaften

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e. V.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Commerzbank AG

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Luther Rechtsawaltsgesellschaft mbH

HAHN-Immobilien-Beteiligungs AG

Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

Linus GmbHJ

L'Oréal Deutschland GmbH

M + C Schiffer GmbH

meta Trennwandanlagen GmbH & Co. KG

MMV Leasing GmbH

Vontobel Asset Management AG

Böker & Paul AG / Kanzlei für Vermögensmanagement

dm-drogerie markt GmbH & Co. KG

moneymeets GmbH

Emma - The Sleep Company

Agco GmbH

Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd.

Dr. Toni Calabretti

iExecutives e. V.

KKA Management GmbH

ricon GmbH

Hack AG

EMBA Class of 2019

meta Trennwandanlagen GmbH & Co.KG

Cargonexx GmbH

Hannelore und Manfred J. Lenhart Stiftung zur Hochbegabtenförderung

Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz - Stiftung

Zonta Club Koblenz I

Deutscher Fachverlag GmbH

We would like to also thank our many other supporters!

Funding and Budget

Financial stability –
The basis for sustainable growth.

As a private research institution, WHU receives no institutional support from government agencies for teaching and research. The school is supported by the non-profit WHU Foundation (Stiftung Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung).

WHU successfully completed the 2018/2019 fiscal year and invested heavily in securing its future. Revenues rose by EUR 3.85 million year-on-year to EUR 45.08 million. Expenses rose by EUR 3.87 million to EUR 45.06 million. 56% of the school’s financial requirements are covered by the income from the foundation capital, grants for chairs or projects of companies or other organizations as well as private individuals. A steadily growing share of the donations comes from former WHU students, with whom the school maintains a continuous and intensive exchange.

Detailed information can be found in the annual report (in German).





Germany Scholarship

The Germany Scholarship –
An initiative to support young talents at WHU.

The Germany Scholarship is a joint initiative of the federal government and private sponsors to award scholarships to committed and talented students. Thanks to a large number of donors (companies, associations, foundations, and private individuals), WHU has been able to support a large number of students with Germany Scholarships in recent years.

Learn more

CIO Foundation

CIO Foundation –
MBA scholarships for young IT talents.

The CIO Foundation promotes the general management education of young, outstanding IT talents by providing them with MBA scholarships. With the ‘CIO Young Talent Award’ and the ‘CIO Executive Award’, the CIO Foundation has established two funding formats for different career stages.

Learn more

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News & Stories

Read the latest news – Showcasing the diverse activities of our WHU Foundation.

After F.C. Bayern Munich hosted the annual workshop of the CIO Foundation in 2018, this year's event took place at BMW. 

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On September 12, 2019 Dr. Toni Calabretti talked about his experiences at the Business Club in Hamburg.

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The WHU Ball is supported by numerous sponsors and is the festive highlight of the graduation ceremonies.

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As in previous years, the WHU Ball is organized by WHU students and gratefully supported financially by various companies.

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WHU is the only university in Rheinland-Pfalz to meet Ministry's goal.

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The Digitize Non-Profits Initiative presents its second study on "Digitization and Non-Profits".

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Digitalization changes the ways people live and work. However, stakeholders in civil society should devote greater energy to considering the questions that surround digitalization. This is the conclusion reached by the authors of the position paper entitled “Denkanstöße zur Digitalisierung der...

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Executive Board of the Foundation

Executive Board & Board of Trustees –
Legal representatives of the Foundation.

The Executive Board is responsible for the efficient and effective management of the Foundation's business. It ensures that the School properly fulfills its obligations and that its aims are maintained.

One of the primary duties of the Executive Board is to increase the assets of the Foundation to ensure sustainable development of the School. To this end, the Executive Board works closely with WHU’s administration.

Dr. Toni Calabretti

Managing Director of the Beisheim Holding GmbH, Switzerland,
Vice President of the Foundation Board of the Prof. Otto Beisheim Foundation Munich,
President of the Foundation Board of the Prof. Otto Beisheim Foundation Baar, Switzerland

Susanne Szczesny-Oßing
Deputy Chair

President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Koblenz, Koblenz,
Managing Partner, EWM Industry GmbH, Mündersbach, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, EWM AG, Mündersbach



Stephan Theissing
Deputy Chair

Allianz SE, Munich

Lothar A. Harings
Member of the Executive Board

Chief Human Resources Officer
Kühne + Nagel Management AG, Schindellegi/CH

Carsten Knobel
Member of the Executive Board

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf

Dr. Fredy Raas
Member of the Executive Board

Managing Director of the Beisheim Holding GmbH, Switzerland,
President of the Foundation Board of the Prof. Otto Beisheim Foundation Munich,
Vice President of the Foundation Board of the Prof. Otto Beisheim Foundation Baar, Switzerland

Bruno Reufels
Member of the Executive Board

Niedax Holding GmbH, Linz/Rhine

Thomas Rodermann
Member of the Executive Board

Chairman of the Executive Board
Merck Finck Privatbankiers AG, Munich

Stephan Schubert
Member of the Executive Board

Managing Partner of STS Ventures GmbH, Cologne
Chairman of the Management Board of Stiftung In Praxi, Vallendar


Get in touch –
We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more about the WHU Foundation, our work, and the various possibilities to support WHU.

Team members of the WHU Foundation:

Dr. Peter Kreutter

+49 (0)261 6509 104

Klaudia Wilde

Resource Development
+49 (0)211 44709 108


Stephanie Daleki

Foundation Controlling
+49 (0)261 6509 101

Vicky Hansen

Asst. to the Executive Board
Manager Projects & Events
+49 (0)261 6509 103