Stiftung Mercator, named after the cartographer and humanist Gerhard Mercator (1512-1594), was founded 1996. It initiates and supports projects improving facilities in the school education and higher education sector as well as it develops solutions to improve educational facilities in these respective fields. Special concern of Stiftung Mercator's work is to promote the exchange of knowledge between people with different national, cultural and social background in order to support their personal development, to encourage personal commitment and to enable people taking full advantage of opportunities. The Foundation supports a peaceful coexistence.
Stiftung Mercator implements its own projects and provides funding for external projects.