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Since the foundation's inception, we have made €1.27 billion available to carry out our nonprofit work and pursue our organizational objectives. In 2015 we spent a total of €71.8 million on our projects. Our budget for the current financial year is €70 million.

In light of the current situation, we are working to address the influx of refugees to Germany by increasing our efforts in those areas where we have considerable experience and expertise. Our goal is to provide practical assistance, to make the debate about refugees and migration more objective and to develop sustainable solutions.

"We are increasing our efforts to respond to the inflow of refugees."

Aart De Geus, Bertelsmann Stiftung Chairman and CEO

Our 2015 Annual Report provides an overview of which issues we addressed and which outcomes we were able to achieve. If you would like more detailed information on our projects or focus areas, please do not hesitate to contact our experts directly. We would be very glad to hear any ideas or suggestions you might have!


What We Do

A Look Behind the Scenes

Our projects respond to societal challenges and make a sustainable contribution to society's wellbeing. read more

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, and our offices in Berlin und Brussels. read more

Mission Statement

Our Core Principles

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


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