The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy dating back to its foundation in 1925. The foundation owes its formation and its mission to the political legacy of its namesake Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected German President.
The work of our political foundation focuses on the core ideas and values of social democracy – freedom, justice and solidarity. This connects us to social democracy and free trade unions. As a non-profit institution, we organise our work autonomously and independently.
We support and strengthen social democracy in particular by means of:
A total of 660 employees in the offices in Bonn and Berlin, the four academies and the thirteen state and regional offices and abroad (2015).
Approx. 152 million Euro, mainly public funding (2014).
In Germany alone more than 220,000 persons took part in 2,600 educational courses, discussion forums and special-subject conferences (2015).
Activities in 105 countries (2015).
2,834 students received a scholarship, 300 of them from abroad (2015).
Largest specialised library on the German and international labour movement with over 1,000,000 volumes. Largest collection of documents on the history of the labour movement in Germany.