North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation for Nature Conservation, Heritage and Culture

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North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation for Nature Conservation, Heritage and Culture
legal form Foundation, endowment
founding 1986
founder State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Seat Dusseldorf
purpose Environmental and nature protection , cultural preservation and monument protection
Chair Eckhard Uhlenberg (President)
sales 37,605,000 euros (2017)
Foundation capital 5,118,000 euros (2017)
Employees 31 (2017)

The North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation nature, local history and culture care , short NRW Foundation , based in Dusseldorf is a 1986 by the state government on the 40th anniversary of the state of NRW , founded Foundation under private law. It helps non-profit organizations, associations and voluntary groups that work in North Rhine-Westphalia for nature conservation and the preservation of homeland and culture .

Areas of responsibility according to the statutes

Affixing a logo to the foundation's property in the Hillebachtal nature reserve

The focus in the area of ​​nature conservation is the acquisition of areas worthy of protection in order to preserve endangered animals and plants a suitable habitat in the long term. Examples range from the Weser lowlands in the Minden-Lübbecke district to the Lippe-Aue in the Soest, Unna and Wesel districts to the Perlenbachtal in the Eifel .

In homeland and cultural care there is a wide-ranging commitment to small and medium-sized monuments with cultural , social and economic significance. These include listed mills , historical courtyards or winding towers former collieries , as widely visible landmarks make history vividly.

The foundation also supports national institutions such as the Museum of German Inland Shipping in Duisburg , RELíGIO - Westphalian Museum for Religious Culture in Telgte or the German Glass Painting Museum in Linnich in the Rhineland . The current biggest task of this kind was the maintenance and expansion of Drachenburg Castle in Königswinter am Rhein.

In all subject areas, the foundation works with clubs , associations and organizations that are also pulling in the same direction in terms of this foundation's purpose. In addition, the NRW Foundation accompanies private nature and cultural foundations that were established under its umbrella on a fiduciary basis. In 2018 the NRW Foundation funded more than 100 nature and cultural projects.

Financing and structures

In addition to the foundation capital, the foundation's financial basis is predominantly the income from lottery revenues ( West German Lottery ) in North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, there are membership fees and donations with which the members of the Friends of the North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation support the goals of the North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation. This sponsoring association organizes, among other things, visits and excursions to "ground" the concerns and members.

In addition, the members of the Förderverein have reduced or even free entry to numerous projects supported by the foundation, and they regularly receive the magazine Die NRW-Stiftung , which reports on current developments and the projects of the NRW-Stiftung.

The record of success is remarkable: The funding balance of the North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation is around 243 million euros 28 years after it was founded on September 9, 1986. With this sum, a total of 2665 measures were funded nationwide with which the North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation supported voluntary associations and groups supported in nature conservation and in homeland and cultural care (status: 2014).

In autumn 2017, the former state minister and former state parliament president Eckhard Uhlenberg replaced the former state minister Harry Voigtsberger in his function as President of the NRW Foundation.

British "National Trust" as a model

The thematic connection between nature and culture is characteristic of the work of the NRW Foundation. This is not very common across Germany under the umbrella of a foundation. The holistic approach that has been typical for the founders of the Heimat movement in Germany since the end of the 19th century is the civic commitment to nature and the landscape, to the preservation of monuments and cultural, regional diversity.

This approach can be found in the British National Trust , which “promotes the permanent preservation of land and buildings which are distinguished by particular beauty or historical interest for the good of the nation” ( statute ). It currently has over 2 million members across the country. The National Trust served as a model for the establishment of the NRW Foundation.

NRW Foundation gave grants to renovate the sawmill in Meschede - Remblinghausen


  • NRW Foundation (Ed.): Our NRW. Guide to cultural and natural monuments. Klartext Verlag, 2011.

Web links

Commons : NRW Foundation  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Dpa: "Museum of the lost home": Funded by the NRW Foundation. Retrieved January 23, 2019 .