Possibilities of Sponsorship

Invest in research and practical education on topics of family businesses



The Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU) is 100% financed by private donations from family businesses and further sponsors. These are exclusively used to support the research of the WIFU. The basic funding of the Institute i.e. running and personnel costs, with its three research and teaching areas is secured by the sponsors of the Institute – the Club of Sponsors.

Alternatively, interested persons can also support the WIFU financially with donations to our WIFU research fund or by single donations.


The WIFU research fund finances and enables extensive research projects, interesting individual projects and other projects with reference to research activities. These are projects examining the characteristics of family business and that contribute to the sustainability of this special entrepreneurial form. Sponsors are informed on a regular basis about the process of the respective research project.

Furthermore it is possible to name the WIFU as a beneficiary of a last will and testament. The foundation has the purpose to support the activities of the Institute on a financial basis.

Contact person in all matters of funding is

Prof. Dr. Tom Rüsen

The current flyer with all possibilities to support the WIFU is available here (in German only).