The Bertelsmann Stiftung was founded in 1977 based on the conviction of its founder, Reinhard Mohn, that Germany was not doing enough to consider the growing competition between the globe’s various social and economic systems. The Bertelsmann Stiftung therefore concentrates on developing solutions capable of addressing challenges in range of societal sectors and, at the same time, ensuring the continuity of Germany’s political, economic and social structures. In doing so, the foundation considers what has proven successful in other countries and strives to balance research findings with experience in the field.
The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s activities are exclusively and directly philanthropic in nature. Its objective is to promote research and understanding in the areas of religion, public health, youth and senior affairs, culture and the arts, public education and career training, social welfare, international cultural exchange, democracy and government, and civic engagement.