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How we work

Learn about our operation principles

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.

Maximum transparency
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.


Unsere Stiftung gehört der Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft an, die von Transparency International Deutschland ins Leben gerufen wurde.