Why the Bertelsmann Stiftung became a thought leader for the nonprofit sector and civil society’s further development
For many years, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has addressed the role of foundations and their importance to society. As early as 1996, Reinhard Mohn brought together individual initiatives to create a separate project area dedicated to the topic of foundations.
Among the milestones the foundation achieved through its efforts were the establishment of community foundations, the publication of groundbreaking literature (Foundations’ Handbook), the dissemination of background studies (Foundations in Germany) and the support it provided for sociopolitical initiatives designed to reform the nonprofit sector.
In 2008, the Bertelsmann Stiftung pooled all of its activities in this area in the program Zukunft der Zivilgesellschaft (Civil Society).