Zeppelin Foundation

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The Zeppelin Foundation is an institution founded by Ferdinand von Zeppelin.[1] Originally founded to support development of zeppelins and other airships, it now owns a number of large businesses in full or in part and uses its income for philanthropic efforts.[1]

The Zeppelin Foundation, headquartered in Friedrichshafen,[1] is a legally dependent municipality.[2] Since 1947, the city has managed the funds and ensures that they are used for their intended purpose.[2] The foundation holds 93.8 percent of the shares of ZF Friedrichshafen[3] and is the owner of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin and Zeppelin GmbH. The foundation finances various charitable purposes,[1][2] including Zeppelin University and the Zeppelin Museum.


  1. ^ a b c d Nicholas Kulish (August 4, 2008). "In Germany, a City's Famed Industry Now Helps Keep It Afloat". The New York Times. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Questions and answers about the current debate on the Zeppelin Foundation". friedrichshafen.de. Stadt Friedrichshafen. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "FAQs". ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Retrieved January 11, 2018.