Stiftung Mercator is a private and independent foundation. Through the projects it supports and through its own activities, it is committed to a society characterized by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities.

Since 1996, Stiftung Mercator has dedicated itself to establishing the social prerequisites for people of different backgrounds, convictions and social situations to live together in peace.

To this end, Stiftung Mercator makes it possible for young people to obtain a comprehensive education and enhances their self-fulfilment. In addition, it supports mutual understanding and exchange between people of different cultures and stands up for democracy and the rule of law in a unified Europe. The foundation promotes science and research relating to the objectives it pursues for the benefit of everyone. In a new area of thematic focus, the foundation will be exploring the impact of digitization on democracy and society. Stiftung Mercator wants to preserve nature and the environment, and supports projects that highlight ways of achieving climate neutrality.

Stiftung Mercator pursues activities in Germany, Europe and worldwide. It has a particular affinity with the Ruhr area, the home of its founding family and of the foundation’s headquarters.