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The Foundation

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Encouraging Social Change

In keeping with the longstanding commitment of its founder, Reinhard Mohn, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is dedicated to serving the common good. Its work is based on the conviction that competition and civic engagement are fundamental for ensuring social change.

According to its articles of incorporation, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is a private operating foundation that carries out its own work. It does not finance or promote the work of others. The foundation therefore does not accept applications for sponsorship of external projects.  

How We Work

The Bertelsmann Stiftung is a private operating foundation. It invests its budget solely in projects that it conceives, initiates and implements itself.
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Operating Foundation

The Bertelsmann Stiftung initiates its projects as an independent organization that is neither politically partisan nor beholden to any special interest group.

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Our Experts

The Bertelsmann Stiftung has a highly qualified staff of about 300 employees.

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Our Projects

The Bertelsmann Stiftung is currently involved in more than 60 projects.

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Our Principles

In carrying out our work, we adhere to the "Principles of Good Practice" developed by the Association of German Foundations.


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