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 stabile institutional framework, we decided on a mixed financial model funded by as many different donors as possible. In 2017, about 79 percent of our total budget was comprised of subsidies from non-profit foundations and public institutions, whereas 21 percent of our 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. Because the SNV primarily obtains funding for specific projects, the majority of which are limited to a time period of 1 to 3 years, our funding structure is continuously changing. Starting in 2019, the SNV will also receive funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).


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

In the fiscal year 2017, 1.29 million Euros was made available for our work. As of the end of 2017, 21 non-profit, public and private sector donors supported our work. The five largest sponsors in 2017 were the Omidyar Network Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the innogy Foundation for Energy and Society and the Bertelsmann Foundation. The following tables list all of SNV's donors and the amount of their financing, as well as their respective share of our total budget.

Financial Resources from Foundations, Public Institutions and Non-profit Organizations (2017)
Institutions Application of Resources Amount in 2016 Percent of Total Budget (2016)
Federal Foreign Office IT-Security in the Internet of Things 7,965 € 1 %
Bertelsmann Foundation North America Labour Market 4.0 4,637 € <1 %
Bertelsmann Foundation
The Common Good and Digitisation
69,178 €
5 %
Evonik Foundation institutional 50,000 € 4 %
Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Digital Basic Rights, Surveillance, and Transparency 18,330 € 1 %
innogy Foundation for Energy and Society Digital Energy Transition 105,897 € 8 %
Mozilla Foundation Digital Infrastructures 61,998 € 5 %
Omidyar Network Fund, Inc. Data Policy and the Modernisation of Public Administration; Desinformation in the Digital Sphere; Data Economics; institutional 269,430 € 21 %
Open Society Institute Digital Basic Rights, Surveillance, and Transparency; institutional 144,169 € 11 %
Robert Bosch Foundation International Cyber Security Policy 70,463 € 5 %
Stiftung Mercator GmbH Desinformation in the Digital Sphere 50,000 € 4 %
The University of Siegen The Common Good and Digitization 21,502 € 2 %
Hewlett Foundation Desinformation in the Digital Sphere; Transatlantic Cyber Forum 188,745 € 15 %
Total donations from foundations and public institutions 1,062,314 € 79 % of total budget in 2017


Corporate Donations
Institutions Application of Resources Amount in 2016 Percent of Total Budget (2016)
A.T. Kearney GmbH institutional 25,000 € 2 %
Beisheim Holding institutional 0,00 €* 0 %
Bosch-Siemens Household Appliances institutional 50,000 € 4 %
Hewlett-Packard GmbH institutional 20,000 € 2 %
IBM Germany GmbH institutional 50,000 € 4 %
KPMG AG institutional 14,875 € 1 %
LANXESS AG institutional 50,000 € 4 %
Twitter AG institutional 15,000 € 1 %
Total corporate donations 224,875 € 21 %  of total budget in 2017

 * Granted use of premises by Immago AG

All amounts are based on our certified end-of-year financial report for 2017 and are updated annually. For further questions regarding our financing structure, please contact Silke Zakarneh. In 2018 we were able to add the Haleakala Foundation, the DATEV-Foundation and the European Commission to our donors. For 2019, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft has granted funding for 2019.


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 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're always looking for support from the private sector. In order to preserve our independence, however, we ask corporations for donations that finance our organization as a whole. Funding a specific topic or project is not possible for corporations.