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Bertelsmann Stiftung



"Inspiring people. Shaping the future. Participating in a globalized world." This motto summarizes the work carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Effective participation in society requires both the ability to act and the opportunity to do so. The Bertelsmann Stiftung's programs are designed to strengthen society by helping individuals realize their full potential, and to further develop the systems necessary to achieve this goal.

The Bertelsmann Stiftung was founded by Reinhard Mohn in 1977 based on the belief that financial wellbeing entails social responsibility. In establishing the foundation, Mohn was acting on his conviction that material wealth brings with it an obligation to help others.

The Bertelsmann Stiftung is both a think tank and an agent for social change. As a private operating foundation, its primary goal is to make a meaningful and enduring contribution to society. The Bertelsmann Stiftung focuses its activities on projects that can decisively influence society’s long-term viability. Through its programs, the Bertelsmann Stiftung seeks to provide people with the knowledge and skills they need to participate – economically, politically and culturally – in the increasingly complex and interconnected world. In short, its work focuses on the individual.