The Mommsen Foundation


is a private not-for-profit Family Foundation founded in 2000 in Palo Alto, California, a scholarly philanthropic organization for the advancement of World Literature.

The Foundation was expressly formed to support organizations that are organized and operated exclusively for scholarly and educational purposes and that are exempt from taxation under section 501 C (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Currently, the focus is on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). The Foundation's scholarly Program is firmly based on the belief that Goethe has much to give to the World even today.

The Foundation will support the advancement of Goethe Research by means of making contributions to:


Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Weimar, Germany, an organization that is exempt under section 501 C (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. More specifically, the Foundation is funding the completion of ten or more volumes of a documentation: Die Entstehung von Goethes Werken in Dokumenten, documenting the genesis of ca. 1,600 works of Goethe.


other Organizations that are exempt from Taxation under section 501 C (3) of the Internal Revenue Code for the purpose of funding the acquisition of Goethe Autographs and other valuable Manuscripts by Literary Archives and Libraries, the Restoration of Literary Manuscripts and Translation, Analysis and Documentation of World Literature.

Any qualified Organization interested in pursuing such purposes can submit a written proposal to the Foundation for Consideration.

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Last Updated: 12 Jun 2012 Email: mommsenfoundation