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The Bertelsmann Stiftung

People are at the heart of what we do. That's why some 330 employees work each day to ensure that everyone can participate – politically, economically and culturally – in an increasingly complex society. As a result, the Bertelsmann Stiftung's programs share knowledge, promote expertise and generate solutions.


The Bertelsmann Stiftung is a place where we look across political boundaries to the future, so we can develop new impulses for change.

Reinhard Mohn



How We Are Organized

Our organizational structure reflects our goals and principles. It ensures that we are able to fulfill, efficiently and transparently, the mandate laid out in our articles of incorporation. The work we do is grouped into programs, each of which is led by a member of our Executive Board. Our projects, in turn, are grouped by topic and activity within each program.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serves as an advisory and controlling body, comparable to a supervisory board. It is made up of individuals who have demonstrated ongoing interest in the work of the foundation, as well as leadership experience and insight into social progress.

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Over the more than 40 years of our existence, we have established a number of independent entities as partner organizations and subsidiaries. We support affiliated nonprofit institutions by contributing ideas and funding.


Affiliated Nonprofit Organizations

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Our Offices