The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is a German political foundation associated with the Christian Democratic Union. It was established in 1955 as a ‘Society for Christian-Democratic Civic Education’, taking its name from the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Their programmes are aimed at promoting freedom, liberty, peace and justice across the world. They predominantly focus their efforts on consolidating democracy, unifying Europe and strengthening transatlantic relations. This political basis was constructed through the use of the materials and research documents they acquired whilst acting as a consultant firm and think tank. Similar to other German political foundations, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation is financed mainly through federal and land government funds. Today their headquarters are located in Bonn and they have an additional 78 offices and programmes running in over 100 countries.