Our Core Principles

Freedom, solidarity and goodwill are the values that underlie our work and determine our goals.

About us

In keeping with the tradition of our founder, Reinhard Mohn, we are dedicated to serving the common good. Our work is predicated on the belief that competition and civic engagement are key factors driving social progress.

What motivates us

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The Beliefs Behind Our Work

The Bertelsmann Stiftung is a private operating foundation. We therefore only fund projects that we conceive and initiate ourselves and then support as they are being carried out read more


Learning from the World: Why Reinhard Mohn Founded the Bertelsmann Stiftung

Reinhard Mohn wanted to encourage people to get involved. He also wanted to help create a society capable of offering everyone a chance to succeed. read more

Who we are

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Proactive and Forward-Looking

How is the Bertelsmann Stiftung structured? Here you’ll find information about our governance bodies, management team and the contacts available to you at the foundation. read more

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Annual Report

A look back at our work in 2017

Last year we invested €90,16 million in philanthropic projects. Our Facts and Figures for 2017 provides a look at the issues we've addressed and the successes we've achieved. read more

Contact and Offices


Offices and Affiliates

Where We're Located

Here you will find information about our headquarters in Gütersloh, the Fundación Bertelsmann in Barcelona, the Bertelsmann Foundation North America in Washington D.C. and our offices in Berlin and Brussels. read more

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Learn More About Our Topics

Do have any questions or suggestions about the issues we address? Here you will find a list of all the relevant contacts at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. read more