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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.

Feasibility Study on a European Foundation Statute: Final Report

February 12, 2009

This feasibility study covers seven major objectives. It offers an overview of the main types of foundations in EU Member States; presents estimates of the economic scale of the European foundation sector, also in comparison with the United States; examines the main regulatory differences in the legal treatment of foundations across the EU; estimates cross-border activities as well as barriers and their economic relevance; analyses the importance and cost implications of these barriers; explores possible modalities of eliminating existing barriers; and assesses further possible effects of a European Foundation Statute.