The Wilo-Foundation was set up by entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr.-Ing. h.c. Jochen Opländer and his three children on 14 January 2011. When the foundation was established, the majority of WILO SE shares previously owned by the family were transferred to the foundation. As the majority shareholder with a 90% interest, the foundation ensures the continuity of WILO SE – an international manufacturer of pumps and pumping systems with over 60 production and sales companies and around 7,000 employees worldwide.
In accordance with the founder’s intention, the foundation – as well as ensuring the continuity of WILO SE – also has the purpose of providing financial support in the areas of science, education, culture and sport.
With effect from 20 February 2013, the Wilo-Foundation (former Caspar Ludwig Opländer Stiftung) is the trustee of the Wilo-Stiftung. Set up in 2006 by philanthropist Dr.-Ing. h.c. Jochen Opländer and his two sons Jan Opländer and Felix Opländer (✝), the charitable Wilo-Stiftung supports projects in the field of youth welfare, education, science and international understanding. Until 2012 it offered students nationwide the chance to win the annual ‘Wilo Award for Energy Technology in Building Services’.