The SDGs are our yardstick

Michael Beier, Chairman of the of the Heinz Sielmann Foundation talks about Fridays for Future and the importance of foundations for fighting climate change.

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Foto: Thomas Hinsche

Two years as an EZ-Scout at the Association of German Foundations

Dr Annette Kleinbrod has been an advisor for international cooperation at the Association of German Foundations for two years now. What are the conclusions?

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Foto: Detlef Eden

From analogue civil society to digital civil society – what does this mean for philanthropy?

Lucy Bernholz, a researcher at Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, points out the effects of digital transformation for civil society and foundations.

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CC BY-NC 2.0 / © Henning Schacht / Digital Summit 2019

Strengthening local development by social enterprise in Kenya

The Siemens Stiftung has founded WE!Hub Victoria Ltd. (WeTu) in Kenya. Rolf Huber, Managing Director of the Siemens Stiftung, explains in this interview how the social enterprise intends to develop sustainable solutions and structures for drinking water and energy supply, as well as e-mobility solutions.

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Photo: Tilmann Straub/Siemens Stiftung
What is a foundation?

There is no legal definition for foundations. It merely is a generic term for a complex range of entities enshrined in private, public or church law.

International co-working

We present a list of transnational foundation networks, national foundation associations outside of Europe and the umbrella organisation of foundations in the USA.

About us

The Association of German Foundations represents the interests of foundations in Germany vis-à-vis the public, governmental bodies and administration.

What’s next in the foundation and philanthropy sector?

Our first few hypotheses are: it will be more global, more transparent, more participatory, more collaborative, more digital, and more entrepreneurial; and there will be larger investment.

Facts and figures

The documentation and research of the foundation system is a central task of the Association of German Foundations.