New publication: Report on German foundations working on a global level

Berlin, 17.08.2017. Little is known as yet about the work German foundations carry out in the field of development cooperation. The newly published FoundationReport by the Association of German Foundations offers numerous facts and figures, good-practice examples and opinions concerning the engagement of German foundations abroad. The report shows: 1,766 German foundations of all legal forms have a connection to development cooperation or global learning. The Association of German Foundations is further more aware of 458 trustee foundations which deal with development cooperation. 70 per cent of foundations in cooperation development have a connection to the African continent, 60 per cent are active in Asia, while around 57 per cent are engaged in Southern and Middle America (n=1.331).

The report reveals that foundations are becoming more important actors in international development. They serve as initiators, networkers, financial pillars, project carriers and mediums for innovation. Often they can provide help in regions and areas which are inaccessible to others, without any red tape. They are in direct contact with the local population and sometimes have an excellent reputation and high credibility thanks to their many years of local work.

The free of charge publication is available as a 134 page book in German language and as a digital summary edition in English. The report discusses the challenges have tackled and what other foundations can learn from this. Altogether more than 80 German foundations and their projects or methodological approaches are mentioned. The report is available here.

The Association of German Foundations 
As an independent umbrella organization, the Association of German Foundations represents the interests of foundations located in Germany. The largest European association of foundations has more than 4,000 members, with 7,000 foundations enjoying membership rights through foundation administrations. Consequently, the umbrella organization represents about three quarters of the assets of all German foundations amounting to over 100 billion euros.

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