The data correspond to the information in our certified annual report. This is usually completed in the third quarter of the following year.


What type of funding system does the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung have?

In order to ensure the independence of our content, as well as to provide our work with a stable institutional framework, we decided on a mixed financial model funded by as many different donors as possible. In 2020, 98 percent of the total budget was comprised of subsidies from non-profit foundations and organizations as well as public institutions. 2 percent of the budget was funded by corporate donations. As a rule, no single corporate donor is allowed to contribute more than 5 percent of the total budget of our organization. Depending on the respective project duration, the composition of SNV's sponsors changes annually, also with regard to the funding provided. 

Who finances us with what types of contributions, and how do we use that money?

In the fiscal year 2020, 2.1 million Euros was made available for our work. A total of 24 funders from the foundation sector, the public sector, and the business sector supported our work. The five largest funders in 2020 were Luminate, as institutional funder and especially for the work related to Data Economy and Artificial Intelligence, the Open Society Foundation, which funded the work related to topics of Digital Rights and Disinformation. Research related to Cybersecurity Policy was supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Mercator Foundation funded activities concerning artificial intelligence and, together with the Federal Foreign Office, the project Artificial Intelligence and Foreign Policy. Activities focused on Semiconductor Supply Chains were funded by the German Foreign Office, too.

The following table lists all of SNV's funders, the funding amount and the percentage of the total budget.

Financial support from foundations, public institutions & non-profit organizations (2020)
Institution Source of funding Application of resources Amount              Percent of total budget
The European Union represented by European Comission Public Institution International Cybersecurity

68,959.04 €

3 %
Foreign Ministry of Sweden Public Institution The Geopolitics of Tech Supply Chains

44,727.76 €

2 %

Ministry of Economic Affairs Netherlands Public Institution The Geopolitics of Tech Supply Chains 16,452 €  1 %
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finnland/Nesa Public Institution

The Geopolitics of Tech Supply Chains

828 €

0 %
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Public Institution Scenario simulation game: "Cybersecurity policy" in connection with the Africa Cloud.

31,371 €

1 %

Landesmedienanstalten NRW und Berlin Brandenburg Public Institution Strengthening the Digital Public Sphere

48,239 €

2 %

Heinrich Böll Stiftung e.V. Non-profit organization Signals Intelligence

28,278 €

1 %
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung e.V. Non-profit organization Cybersecurity policy: state response to cyber operations

10,657 €

0 %
Civitates Non-profit organization Strengthening the Digital Public Sphere

8,597 €

0 %
Open Society Foundations Foundation European Intelligence Oversight Network Measuring Disinformation in Germany


10 %
Stiftung Mercator GmbH Foundation KI Analyseeinheit International AI Governance

65,582 €

3 %
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Foundation Disinformation in the digital public sphere; International Cybersecurity Policy

161,591 €

8 %
Part of the Omidyar Group
Foundation Data Economy, instutional 378,878 € 18 %
Datev Stiftung Zukunft Foundation institutional 60,000 € 3 %
Evonik Stiftung Foundation institutional 25,000 € 1 %
Omidyar Network Foundation institutional 273,473 € 13 %
Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH Foundation institutional 125,000 € 6 %
Immago AG* Company institutional   0 %
LANXESS AG Company institutional 50,000 € 2 %
other income (fees, refunds, etc.) institutional 41,978 € 2 %
Total donations from foundations and public institutions and non-profit organisations

2,140,593 €

100 %

 * Granted use of premises by Immago AG

All amounts are based on our certified end-of-year financial report for the financial year 01.01. - 31.12.2020. For further questions regarding our financing structure, please contact Silke Zakarneh, Head of Finance and Funding and member of the Executive Board.

In 2020 funding period, we worked together for the first time with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland as well as the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands and were thus able to expand our cooperation with European partners.

Information on tax concessions

Stiftung Neue Verantwortung e.V. is exempt from corporate income tax because it promotes science and research. This is most recently confirmed by the notice of exemption dated 07.09.2021 for the last fiscal year 2019 issued by the Tax Office for Corporations I Berlin (Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin) under the tax number 27/677/64012 following §5 Para.1 No.9 of the Corporation Tax Act. It is confirmed that the donation will be used for promotion within the meaning of § 52 para. 2 sentence 1 no. 7 of the German Fiscal Code (AO). 

Content Independence & Fundraising

Our organization strictly practices content independence. Independence means that our donors are not allowed to determine which topics we choose, how our experts work, which proposals they make in their papers or the positions they take in public debates. Financial support does not facilitate content or any other form of influence. 

Independence from political or business interests is one of the most important fundaments of our daily work. In order to develop ideas, our staff continuously relies on the support of an array of leading experts from the fields of research, politics, civil society and economics. We only receive this support by remaining in a location where no one point of view dominates, but rather where a problem is addressed from various perspectives without outside demands. 

We finance our work by appealing to foundations, public or non-profit organizations for the resources needed to investigate a specific topic. We encounter new topics and questions through our daily work on existing projects, or through exchanges with other experts from the fields of science, business, civil society and administration. The development of concrete proposals for how a societal problem can be solved always goes hand in hand with our funded projects. 

Aside from foundations and ministries, we are always looking for support from the private sector. To preserve our independence, we ask corporations for donations that finance our organization as a whole. Funding a specific topic or project is not possible for corporations. 

The funding of individual projects within the thematic fields is excluded for companies.

The Financial Transparency Report for 2019 can be found here.

The Financial Transparency Report for 2018 can be found here.

The Financial Transparency Report for 2017 can be found here.

The Financial Transparency Report for 2016 can be found here.