Group picture of the founders of the TUM foundation at the signing of the foundation charter
The co-founders at the formation of the TUM Foundation on July 22nd, 2010. (Image: Uli Benz/TUM)

The TUM University Foundation

The TUM University Foundation was set up to provide a quick and flexible response to new requirements, attract the best talent to TUM and promote young scientists. It gives the university entrepreneurial scope that goes beyond government funding.

The assets available to top universities in the USA and the UK through foundations mean they have several times the funding available to state-run universities in Germany. This situation needs to change. As an important step in this direction, a group of 46 donors contributed around EUR 14 million in 2010 to set up the TUM University Foundation. They included well-known companies, alumni and other private individuals with close ties to TUM.

Since then, both the number of donors and the total assets of the Foundation have more than doubled. The Foundation also receives regular support from the university’s network of alumni, for example during appeals for donations prior to the annual Advent concerts. The TUM University Foundation wants to continue raising the bar and would welcome even more visionaries and allies. All support – regardless of the amount – is valuable and appreciated.

Your contribution

You can make a contribution that yields either long-term or immediate results. If you choose to donate to the Foundation’s capital, you will ensure that the university can always draw on funds for its future needs. Alternatively, you can specify that your donation be used for a specific project of your choice. Go to donation account

If you wish, you can also set up your own foundation under the umbrella of the TUM University Foundation. With this gesture, you will be supporting research and teaching at TUM both during your lifetime and beyond.

More Information

Contact us to find out more.

We will gladly advise you in person about the fundraising model that best matches your particular wishes and intentions. Please do not hesitate to contact us

Prof. Dr. Arnulf Melzer
Representative of the president for fundraising
T. 08161/71-5347

Dr. Frank Frieß
Head of Fundraising Department
Tel. 089/289-25310