About Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), founded in 1925, is the oldest German political foundation. FES focuses on core values of social democracy such as freedom, justice, solidarity, and labor rights. FES is a non-profit institution that organizes its work autonomously and independently. The FES New York office is the liaison office to the United Nations. It contributes to debates on sustainable economic and social development, on peace and security issues, and on reforming the global governance architecture with a well-functioning and well–funded UN at its core.
Friedrich Ebert (1871-1925) Friedrich Ebert served from 1919 to 1925 as the first President of the Weimar Republic. He advocated the development of parliamentary democracy, viewed himself as the president of all Germans, and was committed to a politics geared to social balance and compromise. In his will, he specified that the proceeds from donations at his funeral should be used to create a foundation. The main concern of FES from then on was to work against discrimination of workers in the area of education.