Hamburg’s not-for-profit ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (ZEIT Foundation) has been a pioneer of promoting a cosmopolitan, active and civil society since it was founded by sponsor Gerd Bucerius in 1971. While promoting innovation in and access to education, it also advocates art and culture, as well as supports free and independent media in Eastern Europe.

With around 1,250 of them, Hamburg clearly is Germany’s centre of foundations and a liberal spirit throughout the populace is omnipresent. The ZEIT Foundation’s sponsor, Gerd Bucerius, was a lawyer, politician and publisher who founded the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT in 1946. Since then, Hamburg’s and Bucerius’ liberality shaped the paper and the foundation. Today, it fosters science, research, art, culture and general education and is known for initiating interesting debates about political and societal topics.