Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany, without political or religious affiliation. Since Welthungerhilfe was founded in 1962 each sitting German President has been its patron. The President of Welthungerhilfe and the Supervisory Board represent the organisation externally and advise its Executive Board. The full-time Executive Board manages the activities of Welthungerhilfe.
The Chairman and the other board members work on the basis of the statutes and resolutions of the General Assembly. According to the Articles of Association of Welthungerhilfe members of the organisation include the President of the German Federal Parliament, the heads of German parliamentary groups, churches, associations and other groups.
The voluntary Board of Trustees advises the Supervisory Board and the Executive Board on questions of public relations, advertising and positioning, while the Programme Advisory Committee is responsible for questions regarding programme policy.