The Bertelsmann Stiftung is a private operating foundation. It invests its budget solely in projects that it conceives, initiates and implements itself.
The foundation identifies areas needing reform by working together with those affected by current problems. Our goal is to encourage social change. To achieve this, we must maintain an ongoing dialogue with all of society’s stakeholders. In addition, we must constantly earn the trust of those whose time and creativity we depend upon for implementing our proposed solutions.
Bertelsmann Stiftung partners include political, business and social leaders, public and academic institutions and other foundations. We place particular emphasis on maintaining an active exchange with representatives of other countries and cultures.
In accordance with its articles of incorporation, the Bertelsmann Stiftung functions exclusively as a private operating foundation. It carries out its own project work and does not make grants or support third-party projects. As a result, it neither solicits nor accepts applications for grants or funding.
“I am convinced that we have found the decisive strategy for political and governmental reforms.”