Intention

"The founding of the Ferring Foundation by Frederik Paulsen in 1988 can be seen as an attempt to create and institution in which creative future planning and future management, also for coming generations, could be achieved for the little north Frisian island. (Quotation: Jakob Tholund, Ein Friese geht nicht veloren, p. 36)

The Ferring Foundation is a legal foundation of civil law and has its seat in Alkersum.

It pursues directly and exclusively charitable causes.

The purpose of the foundation is:

  1. The exploration of the living conditions in coastal waters, particularly in the north Frisian mud-flats and its islands, and to support the measures of conservation and improvement of the living conditions in theses regions.
  2. The promotion of the Frisian language and culture, as well as other minority languages.
  3. The support of medical projects, in particular in neuro-endorcrinology, in order to further the development of diagnostics and therapy of neurological and psychiatric illnesses.

The foundations' purpose is realized through the organization and carrying out of scientific symposiums and lectures. Furthermore, the foundation awards research contracts and scholarships. Principally, linguistic themes are sponsored, but also other areas can be covered as long as there is a connection to the region.

An important activity is also the awarding of prizes. Among other things, every year the best student leaving the grammar/high school (Gymnasium) in Wyk receives a cash prize for his/her achievement. The highest distinction is the foundation’s honorary award which is given for scientific projects of fundamental significance.

Particularly important are the numerous publications of the Ferring Foundation.