The Foundation

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) is a German political foundation that promotes liberal democracy, rule of law, economic freedom and respect for human rights. Working hand-in-hand with its local partner organisations, the Foundation provides policy consultation as well as educational programmes for interested members of the general public, NGOs and governmental agencies worldwide. In so doing, it aims to contribute towards a freer, more peaceful and more open world society where people live freely and in peace.

FNF was founded in 1958 by Theodor Heuss (1884-1963), the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Foundation was named after Friedrich Naumann (1860-1919), a pioneer in German liberal politics. Mr. Naumann believed that for democracy to function at its best, civic education is needed to create a politically informed and educated citizenry who know how to participate in democratic process and have a say on the direction of their nation.

The foundation operates in 62 countries around the world, giving knowledge and advice to voters, NGO activists, academics, economists, politicians and policy makers.  It works together with local NGOs, civil-society organisations and educational institutions to share knowledge and to bring about peaceful and positive changes to their respective societies.




Prof. Dr. Jürgen Morlok

Chairman of the Board of Trustees and

chairman of the finance committee


Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt

President of the Board of Directors




Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

Legal Form: 
Foundation under private law

Year of foundation: 

Purpose of the foundation:
The work of the Foundation shall be based on the principles of Liberalism. It shall be nonprofit in nature.


Based in:

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Karl-Marx-Straße 2
D – 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg

Telephone: +49 (331) 70 19-0
Telefax: +49 70 19-188