About us: At A Glance

Inspiring people. Shaping the future. The megatrends of globalization, digitalization and demographic change are transforming the world. We want to help people proactively shape their future.

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  • 194 events per year
  • 70 active projects
  • 86 million Euro Total expenses
  • 384 Employees

We want to contribute to the form society takes. As a result, we work closely with partners and continuously interact with all social groups.




Who We Are

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Who We Are

The Bertelsmann Stiftung is committed to ensuring everyone can participate in society. Since the foundation was established in 1977, roughly 380 employees at our Gütersloh headquarters and other international locations have developed a wide range of projects and initiatives designed to achieve this goal.



How We Work

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How We Work

As a private operating foundation, we usually develop our project ourselves, providing support as they are implemented. We set high standards for our work in terms of its quality and social relevance. We continually learn from our experiences.



What We Represent

Founder Reinhard Mohn sits at an antique desk, behind him portraits of his ancestors hang on the wall.

What We Represent

In keeping with the beliefs of our founder, Reinhard Mohn, we contribute to the common good. The values of freedom, solidarity and goodwill drive the work we do. We believe that competition and civic engagement are the basis of social progress.