The foundation

All in the same boat – business, family and society  

The Wilo-Foundation was set up by entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr.-Ing. h.c. Jochen Opländer, together with his children, Claudia Nüsslein, Jan Opländer and Felix Opländer (✝), 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 95% 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 8,000 employees worldwide. WILO SE can be traced back across four generations of the family to Caspar Ludwig Opländer, the great-grandfather of philanthropist Dr.-Ing. h.c. Jochen Opländer.

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. The family foundation focuses its efforts on certain geographic areas, i.e. the locations of WILO SE, and also on key issues of the future: Environment, Water & Technology, Talent Promotion, International Understanding and Regional Responsibility. In order to achieve its goals, the foundation primarily supports projects run by third parties and only manages such projects itself in a few exceptional cases.


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The founding family