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History & foundation's purpose

Where the foundation comes from

In 1981, on the 100th anniverary of the founding of Beiersdorf AG, Georg Wilhelm Claussen founded the Claussen-Stiftung. At the time, he was the Chairman of the Supervisory Board for Beiersdorf AG, having previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for many years. As a trust foundation under the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V., the Claussen-Stiftung began operating in 1982, represented in legal and business matters by the Verband. 

In 1999, thanks to a further endowment left by Georg Wilhelm's cousin, Ebba Simon, the Stiftung increased its capital and took on Ebba Simon's name. 

Since 2011, the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung has been a legally independent foundation under civil law and has its headquarters in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. 

On October 1st 2016, the Ebba Simon House was opened in Hamburg-Borgfelde. The student hostel was funded by the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung und the Klaus und Lore Rating Stiftung and built by GBI AG. It provides living space for more than 200 students.

Foundation Objectives

The foundation's objective is the promotion of science, research and education as well as art and culture, with a special focus on science and young scientists in Hamburg. 

The goals of the foundation are realized in particular by:

  • the promotion of gifted young people through research projects and studies of all disciplines
  • the acquisition of funds in accordance with § 58 No. 1 AO for the promotion of science and research for the realisation of the objectives of another tax-privileged entity or for the realization of tax-privileged objectives by a public corporation.
  • The goals of the foundation are met in particular by granting scholarships to especially talented young people.

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