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Foundations in Germany : Summary and Policy Recommendations

May 16, 2016

This study intends to complete the current understanding of the role, positioning and contributions of foundations in Germany. It is a joint project of the Hertie School of Gover-nance and the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg, led by Helmut K. Anheier. It investigates the following questions: What are the objectives of foundations, and what roles do they see for themselves? How do they position themselves with regard to the state, market and civil society? What are their comparative advantages and disadvantages, and how do they benefit society? Finally, what are the implications for foundations and policymakers? In answering these questions, the project collected and analyzed a range of quantitative (survey research, available statistics) and qualitative data (expert interviews, case studies, focus groups), and did so for foundations as a whole as well as in specific activity fields: education, higher education, social services and arts and culture.

Ziviz-Survey 2012 : Zivilgesellschaft Verstehen

January 1, 2013

Organised civil society in Germany is a neglected area of statistical observation. The project ZiviZ (civil society in figures) of the Donors' Association for German Science together with the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation wants to bridge this gap and has first taken the third sector under the microscope. The data collected from representative civil society structures and processes provide guidance on key issues in the field of organized civil society for the first time.