Association of German Foundations

The voice of the foundations

We represent the interests of more than 21,000 foundations in Germany. With more than 4,000 members, which represent three quarters of foundation capital in Germany, we are the largest and oldest foundation association in Europe.


About us

What is the purpose of the Association? Who manages the offices in Berlin? Who should I contact? All members of staff in the Association’s offices in Berlin are happy to assist you.


Statutes, mission and positions

The Association of German Foundations is a registered association and has non-profit status. Further information on the Association’s mission and positions can be found here.


Tributes & Awards

Three awards are presented regularly by the Association of German Foundations. The "Medaille für Verdienste um das Stiftungswesen" (medal for outstanding services to the foundation sector), the "Deutscher Stifterpreis" (German funders prize) and the "KOMPASS" for exemplary communication work by a foundation.



The Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Honorary members and the Parliamentary Advisory Committee are the Association’s voluntary committees. An overview of all committee members, as well as an chart of the Association can be found here.

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