Rupert Graf Strachwitz is the Managing Director of the Maecenata Foundation and Director of the Maecenata Institute, an academic research centre and think tank for civil society and philanthropy.
Strachwitz studied Political Science, History, and History of Art at Colgate University and Munich University and received his doctorate in philosophy from Muenster University. At the beginning of his career, he worked for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta at its head office in Rome and as Regional Director of the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps for Bavaria. He then served as President of the Duke of Bavaria’s Administration. From 1989–2011, he served as Director of Maecenata Management, a for-profit consultancy on the nonprofit sector. In the 1990’s, Strachwitz chaired the German Advisory Council for the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project. From 1999–2002, he was a member of the German Parliamentary Commission on Civic Engagement. He was Vice-President of German Caritas (1984/85) and has served on the board of many foundations and other nonprofits in Germany and abroad, including Fondazione Cariplo in Italy (1999-2007), and the Council of Europa Nostra (1993-2011).
Strachwitz teaches and lectures in Germany and abroad and has authored nearly 400 different publications, focusing mainly on foundation issues, cultural policy, the third sector, and civil society. He views foundations as part of civil society, and philanthropy as a critical assessment of this particular form of civic engagement.