The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) is a non-profit organization that promotes liberal democracy, rule of law, economic freedom and respect for human rights worldwide. Working hand-in-hand with its local partner organizations, FNF provides policy consultation as well as educational programmes for the public community, NGOs and governmental agencies. Thus, it aims to contribute towards a more liberal, more peaceful and more open world.
FNF was founded in 1958 by Theodor Heuss (1884-1963), the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany. It was named after Friedrich Naumann (1860-1919), a pioneer of German liberalism. Naumann believed in the importance of civic education for a working democracy. His idea was to encourage people to actively participate in political processes by creating a politically informed and sovereign citizenry
The foundation operates in about seventy countries around the globe, advising and supporting voters, NGO activists, academics, economists, politicians and policy makers. It cooperates with local NGOs, civil-society organizations and educational institutions to bring about peaceful and positive changes to their respective societies.