The Marianne Strauß Foundation was established in 1984 by her children to continue her legacy in helping the elderly, disadvantaged and handicapped. Marianne Strauß, beloved first lady of former Bavarian Prime Minister Franz-Josef Strauß, was killed in a tragic car accident in 1984. The initial capital for the foundation was raised through donations, inheritances and charity concerts performed by the Bavarian Broadcasting Service (BBS). The BBS also contributes financially with its charity event “Sternstunden, wir helfen Kindern” (Magic moments – we help children) which culminates in a yearly live television broadcast before Christmas.

While its primary goal is to support the elderly, disadvantaged and handicapped, the foundation increases awareness for grace of charity, personal responsibility and sense of family. Close cooperation with government agencies and other relief organizations enables the Marianne Strauß Foundation to help in cases which would otherwise exceed its financial capabilities.

The Marianne Strauß Foundation is the recipient of this year´s EU Social Reponsibility Award at the Munich Commencement Ceremony.