Taking Stock of Reform
In 2007, the Bertelsmann Stiftung celebrated 30 years of successful project work and promotion of social change. Since being launched in 1977 by Reinhard Mohn, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has invested hundreds of millions of euros in over 700 projects. Today, it is one of the largest foundations in Germany.
The Bertelsmann Stiftung's project work is based on Reinhard Mohn's conviction that ownership of capital brings with it an obligation to contribute to society and that civic engagement is critical for society to flourish. The foundation's varied projects thus reflect the longstanding tradition of social commitment as maintained by the Bertelsmann and Mohn families, founders of the Bertelsmann AG media group. In light of these commitments, it is all the more important to provide a transparent accounting of the foundation’s history and development.
On the following pages you can discover more about the Bertelsmann Stiftung's history and about how its projects have developed over the years -- the Reinhard Mohn Prize, the International Bertelsmann Forum or the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition, to mention just a few.
Timeline: History of the Bertelsmann Stiftung
The history of the Bertelsmann Stiftung describes key events in the foundation’s development—from its founding in 1977 by Reinhard Mohn to current events.more
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