In a working group of the Goetheanum World Conference 2016, it is stated that the many anthroposophical undertakings in the world are hardly connected with each other and with the Goetheanum. In its deliberations the small circle of treasurers at the Goetheanum came to the conclusion at about the same time that in order to provide financial support for the Goetheanum, it needs a support for the Goetheanum, in the sense of an association. In May 2017 a draft project for the founding of a World Goetheanum Association is developed within the framework of the university's internal project "Zukunft Goetheanum"; a first initiative circle consisting of Section Leaders, Executive Council and Goetheanum staff becomes active; in June 2017 an office is established. In September 2017 30 invited participants will meet to discuss the idea of a World Goetheanum Association. The World Goetheanum Association is officially founded on May 18, 2018: 70 partners sign the charter that has been jointly drawn up. In September 2018 a first Partners' Meeting and the first World Goetheanum Forum took place, in September 2019 the second Partners' Meeting and the second World Goetheanum Forum; business regulations have been adopted and the bodies of the Association (Initiative Group and Confidence Committee) have been elected. As of 31.12.2019 the World Goetheanum Association counts 149 companies/institutions/organizations and initiatives among its partners. With Andrea Valdinoci, an Executive Director has been appointed on 3.2.2020.