The Foundation Chancellor Adenauer House ("Stiftung Bundeskanzler-Adenauer-Haus") is a non-party political memorial foundation of the federal government. It commemorates the politician, first Federal Chancellor and great European Konrad Adenauer. It conveys his biography and his political work to the general public.
Adenauer’s originally preserved house and his garden together with an exhibition form a unique memorial to the history of democracy in Bad Honnef-Rhöndorf. The foundation also maintains an exhibition and event centre in Berlin.
During his lifetime Konrad Adenauer expressed his wish for his house to be preserved and made accessible to the public. After his death on 19 April 1967, Adenauer’s seven sons and daughters donated the house, garden and personal estate to the Federal Republic of Germany in December 1967. In return, the federal government undertook to set up a foundation in order to commemorate Konrad Adenauer.
Since November 1978, the “Stiftung Bundeskanzler-Adenauer-Haus” has been an independent foundation under public law with direct government funding. Following this example, other government-funded foundations commemorating politicians have been established.
Initially subordinate to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the foundation is now part of the remit of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media. The foundation currently receives an annual budget of around € 2.9 million from the federal government.
The Foundation Chancellor Adenauer House is not a grant-making foundation, but rather an operational foundation. Third-party projects can therefore not be supported by grants, scholarships or other funding.
The organisational structure reflects the institution’s importance in terms of state policy, in that the Board of Trustees is the highest body appointed directly by the Federal President. The honorary members are nominated by the Federal President, the Federal Government and the Adenauer family.
The Executive Board is responsible for managing the foundation. It consists of two honorary members and the management as a non-executive member.
A scientific advisory board composed of honorary members advises the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board.
The foundation team implements the individual projects and resolutions.