Name of foundation

Heinz und Gisela Friederichs Foundation

Date of establishment


Tasks and realization

education and nurture Art
and culture
Social field

Tasks and realization

The constitution of the foundation comprises several purposes in
the fields of art, the social field and the advanced vocational
training. In the field of art, financing of quest professorships and
teaching events at Hessian art academies are the top focuses.
Furthermore, the collection of graphics of the academy of art
"Städelsches Kunstinstitut" in Frankfurt/Main shall be fostered
by purchasing. After all, the award of the Frankfurtart prize is
possible. In the social field, aid of needy persons in Frankfurt
with involvement of the social welfare office of the city is
planned. Apart from that, funds are earmarked for feeding of
homeless by the Frankfurt St. Katharinen-Gemeinde. In the field
sponsorship of the new generation for engineering and natural
science, the foundation Jugend forscht (youth research) is
supported by three special awards for the nationwide
competition and further funds for other purposes of the
foundation. Another aim is the support of institutes for advanced
vocational training under public law in the field car body and
vehicle construction in the German state Hessen. An amendment
of the constitution comprises scholarship for the master
craftsman diploma for car mechanics as well as car body and
coachbuilders. Furthermore, charity projects in the city of
Alsfeld and in the district Vogelsberg are fostered.

Possibility of application

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Heinz und Gisela Friederichs


Dr. Bert Rauscher, Chairman of the board of management,
Köhlerweg 18, 61440 OBERURSEL/GERMANY,
Phone: 06171/580059


Heinz und Gisela Friederichs Stiftung, c/o Carl Friederichs
GmbH, Schlitzer Straße 10, 60386 FRANKFURT AM MAIN/


no information

Donations account

Frankfurter Sparkasse

Foundation's assets

8800000 EUR

Total expenses per year

300000 EUR

The donor Heinz Friederichs is a descendant of an old coachbuilder family in Frankfurt. On 1st of July 1840, Heinrich Friederichs founded a saddler and car-body company in the Bockenheimer street in Frankfurts city centre. Many years of learning were preceding the step to self-employment. From 1832, Friederichs, being twenty years old at time, passed his apprenticeship in the native Frankfurt, and after that he moved from town to town, such as London, Petersburg and Moscow to improve his knowledge first-hand at the most distinguished locations all over the world. Within a very short time, his company in Frankfurt was very successful, and it became a noble address for quality and progressive styling at the same time.   

In the year 1900, the sons took over the company of the father, and they dedicated to automobile manufacturing being a new field at that time. Corner marks were set: Heinrich Friederichs got the first patent for a cabriolet body. Luxury vehicles on the chassis of Maybach, Benz, Mercedes, Packard, Adler, Horch, Lasalle were build for customers in the whole of Germany. The assembly-line production of Ford vehicles in the United States of America heralded the new times, and the Friederichs company changed over in good time to the production of bodies for utility vehicles:

After the war, breakdown and reconstruction, the company expanded, moved into new premises and created new production equipment. Due to the inheritance of clever management, Heinz Friederichs, the great-grandson of the company founder, turned the former small mechanical workshop into a large enterprise with most advanced mechanical aids. In 1990, the 150th anniversary of the present Carl Friederichs GmbH was celebrated.

Already in 1984, Heinz Friederichs took over a company in Alsfeld and extended it to the Hartmann Spezialkarosserien GmbH, which is today a leading manufacturer of vehicles for cash and value transport in Germany.To ensure the continuance of the company, Heinz Friederichs and his wife Gisela founded the Heinz und Gisela Friederichs foundation, shortly before his death in 1991.

The aim of the foundation      

Heinz Friederichs has always set great store to the sponsorship of the contemporary art and young artists. Ha always was very active in vocational training and further education of young people in the field car body and vehicle construction by a particular extensible apprentice training. Last but not least, as a conscious inhabitant of Frankfurt, he was always endeavoured to support social project of the town. So, these fields became aims of the foundation.

These assets of the foundation

The foundations assets comprise the company Carl Friederichs GmbH in Frankfurt with two operational facilities in the Schlitzer Street 10 and the Hardenberg Street 3-7, as well as a participation of 60% in the Hartmann Spezialkarosserien GmbH in Alsfeld, Carl-Zeiss Street 2.    

Both companies, employing about 200 persons at present, are active in the vehicle construction and the repair of passenger cars and trucks. In the field vehicle construction, the following special bodies are manufactured: Cash and value transport vehicles, also for foreign central banks, squad vehicles for police units, guard containers, prisoner vehicles, workshop vehicle, mobile branch office of banks and savings banks, mobile libraries, fire fighting vehicles, exhibition vehicles and a lot more.

Apart from that, the foundations assets include real estate holdings, mainly storehouses and production halls in Frankfurt, which are leased. Also part of the art possessions of the donors developed to the assets of the donors, above all the facilities of Wols.

Allocation of the foundation funds

After a drastic consolidation of the foundation, it is again in a position to sponsor the purposes of the foundation since 1997. From 1997 to 2005, the foundation has distributed or promised almost 1,900,000 EUR. The distribution of this amount to the purposes of the foundation is the following:

EUR 640,000

Professorships of the foundation

EUR 230,000

Collection of graphics of the academy of art 'Städelsches Kunstinstitut'

EUR 375,000

Social Welfare Office for needy person

EUR 220,000

Feeding of homeless St. Katharinen

EUR 46,000

'Jugend forscht' (youth research)

EUR 220,000

Advanced vocational training

EUR 158,000

City of Alsfeld