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Many major sponsors of new research talent are organised as foundations. They include the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a number of organisations that specifically aim to promote young talent. Other large foundations, such as the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Volkswagen Foundation, the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and the German Foundation for Peace Research also support researchers, research projects or institutions with substantial funding.
Especially important is the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, a registered charity that brings together some 3,000 companies, business associations, foundations and private individuals. The trust capital of the more than 600 foundations supported by the Stifterverband’s subsidiary DSZ – Deutsches Stiftungszentrum currently amounts to over 2.6 billion euros. These foundations are able to spend approximately 140 million euros of revenues and donations a year to promote their charitable goals.
Facts and Figures
- The Association of German Foundations lists more than 20,000 foundations under civil law which are active in various fields, e.g. education, culture, science or social purposes (2014)
- More than 6% of third-party funding at higher education institutions is provided by foundations (incorporated under both private and public law), which amounts to 434 million euros a year (2013).
The five largest foundations incorporated under civil law and their expenditure in euros:
- Volkswagen Foundation: 195,799,000
- Robert Bosch Stiftung: 84,090,000
- Bertelsmann Stiftung: 77,865,000
- Hans Böckler Foundation: 72,085,000
- WWF Deutschland: 62,499,000
Source: Association of German Foundations; financial data from 2014