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 2016, 70 percent of our total budget was comprised of subsidies from non-profit foundations and public institutions, whereas 30 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.


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

In the fiscal year 2016, 1.12 million Euros was made available for our work. As of the end of 2016, 23 non-profit, public and private sector donors supported our work. The five largest sponsors in 2016 were the Omidyar Network Fund, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Innogy Stiftung für Energie und Gesellschaft, Germany's Federal Foreign Office and Open Society Foundations. 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 (2016)
Institutions Application of Resources Amount in 2016 Percent of Total Budget (2016)
Federal Foreign Office Energy transition foreign policy 85,023 € 8 %
Bertelsmann Foundation The common good and digitization, and labor market 4.0 43,641 € 4 %
Center for a new American Security
6,263 €
1 %
Evonik Foundation institutional 50,000€ 4%
innogy Stiftung für Energie und Gesellschaft Digital Energy Transition 92,960 € 8%
Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) institutional 2,101 € < 1%
Omidyar Network Fund, Inc. Data policy and the modernisation of public administration 217,269 € 19%
Open Society Foundations Digital basic rights, surveillance and transparency 80,535 € 7%
Robert Bosch Foundation Institutional, and international cyber security policy 110,832 € 10%
Stiftung Mercator GmbH institutional 50,000 € 4 %
Technologiestiftung Berlin Data policy and the modernisation of public administration 1,000 € <1 %
TUI Foundation Labor market 4.0 9,299 € 1 %
The University of Siegen The common good and digitization 33,252 € 3 %
Total donations from foundations and public institutions 781,175 € 70 % of total budget in 2016


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 Enterprise institutional 35,000 € 3 %
Hewlett-Packard GmbH institutional 34,301 € 3 %
IBM Germany GmbH institutional 50,000 € 4 %
KPMG AG institutional 29,750 € 3 %
LANXESS AG institutional 50,000 € 4 %
Netflix institutional 30,000 € 3 %
PricewaterhouseCoopers AG institutional 32,000 € 3 %
SAP Deutschland AG institutional 5,000 €

<1 %

Total corporate donations 341,051 € 30 %  of total budget in 2016

 * Granted use of premises by Immago AG

All amounts are based on our certified end-of-year financial report for 2016 and are updated annually. The amounts for 2018 are expected to be published toward the end of the first quarter of 2018. For further questions regarding our financing structure, please contact Wera Mohns Patten. In 2017 we were able to count Twitter Germany GmbH and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation among our donors.


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.