"The foundation's objective is to care for and maintain the castle, its grounds and its furnishings and to make them available to the public, using all its income to do so. Our aim is to preserve for our visitors the priceless historical significance of the building and its works of art."
Schloss Glücksburg served various purposes during its eventful history, most of them more associated with administration and government rather than the typical functions of a private residence. In 1922, the family incorporated the building into a non-profit-making Foundation, which even then in its cultural aims foresaw interest and involvement of the general public. Today, the foundation’s objective is laid down in article 2 of its charter as follows:
"The aim of the Foundation is the promotion of art and culture as well as the preservation of this historical monument. In particular, this aim will be achieved through our efforts to maintain Schloss Glücksburg and the treasures which belong to it in a manner in keeping with their historical and cultural importance, and by making the castle open to the public…"
The head of the Foundation is provided by the founder's family which bequeathed the building. Since 1980, this responsibility has rested with Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein. He is assisted by a six-strong senior, controlling board which includes, as well as the Schleswig-Holstein family, a representative of the State of Schleswig-Holstein and the district administration of the region of Schleswig-Flensburg.
Achieving the objectives of the foundation is, of course, a tremendous challenge, given that income from the public fails to cover the significant maintenance and other expenses of preserving in place this piece of cultural and historical heritage. This is only possible by developing an income from commercial projects, so far as they are compatible with the cultural aims of the foundation, and with the support of third parties. We are most grateful that the "Friends of Schloss Glücksburg", together with other private supporters, have always been reliable partners. Financial support has also come from the State of Schleswig-Holstein, the European Union and, in the past, from the German Federal Government.
The Glücksburg charter very clearly indicates that all income and any profits which arise must be allocated to the defined aims of the foundation. Being a non-profit organisation, the foundation has the right to accept donations and may issue official receipts for charitable contributions.