In the tradition of its founders Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius, the ZEIT Foundation sees itself as part of and supporter of a liberal, cosmopolitan civil society. It promotes science and research, art and culture as well as education. It initiates debates on topics affecting politics and society and opens forums on digital development.
In 1946 Gerd Bucerius founded the Hamburg weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, for which Ebelin Bucerius was managing director of the ZEIT publishing house, and in 1971 the non-profit ZEIT Foundation. Eloquent intervention, a definite attitude and active civic engagement characterized Bucerius. His interest in politics, business and culture has shaped DIE ZEIT. The foundation, which bears his name and the name of his wife, also sees itself in this tradition.
The ZEIT Foundation promotes innovation in higher education and founded the first private law school in Germany, the Bucerius Law School, in 2000. The ZEIT Foundation also supports the humanities and social sciences with the scholarship program Trajectories of Change. In education and upbringing, it sets the course for successful educational paths and lifelong learning. Its commitment also focuses on the development of the independent press in Eastern Europe.
The ZEIT Foundation Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius supports the Global Economic Symposium as a partner of the Kiel Institute.