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Deutsche Telekom Stiftung

Exploring new horizons

A driving force for education in the digital world

Deutsche Telekom Stiftung’s mission is to improve education in the digital world. Our projects concentrate on “STEM” education, that is, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We support the development of educational material for these subjects as well as training, continuing education and professional development for educators, among other things. We award scholarships and collaborate with child and youth services organizations.

To make our projects as impactful as possible, we include highly regarded experts from education and academia in our activities. They advise and assist us in designing and carrying out projects. We then publish project results on project web pages and in our media library free of charge.

Our Organization

Deutsche Telekom Stiftung was established by Deutsche Telekom in 2003 and is one of Germany’s major corporate foundations with an endowment of EUR 150 million. It has two governing bodies: the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board. The Board of Trustees advises the Executive Board on the foundation’s development. The Executive Board manages the foundation’s assets, decides on strategic issues, programs and projects and manages the foundation in close consultation with the Executive Director.


How we work

We are a strictly non-profit, primarily operational foundation. In other words, we develop and implement our projects ourselves – either on our own or with partners. We generally do not support others’ initiatives and projects, even when they pursue the same objectives that we do. Any support we do provide is limited to several clearly defined foundation programs that use invitations to tender announced with plenty of advance notice. We only consider applications submitted in response to our tenders. It is our goal to operate with maximum transparency. That’s why we base everything we do on the principles embodied in the Transparent Civil Society Initiative commitment, generally accepted good foundation practices and the Association of German Foundation’s recommendations for non-profit corporate foundations.


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