Financial Transparency (2019)

Oct 06, 2021

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 2019, about 88 percent of our total budget was comprised of subsidies from non-profit foundations and public institutions, whereas 12 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 2019, 1.62 million Euros was made available for our work. As of the end of 2019, 22 non-profit, public and private sector donors supported our work. The five largest sponsors in 2019 were Luminate as an institutional donor and in the field of data economics and AI, the Open Society Foundation in the areas of Digital Rights and Disinformation and for Cyber Security Policy the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation together with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Stiftung Mercator is supporting our work in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Foreign Policy together with the German Foreign Ministry. 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 (2019)
Institution Application of Resources Amount in 2019                Percent of Total Budget (2019)
Federal Foreign Office

AI & Foreign Policy
IoT Security
Strengthening the Digital Public Sphere

94,162 €

6 %
BadenBadener Unternehmergespräche e.V. institutional

4,500 €

<1 %

Bertelsmann Foundation The Common Good and Digitisation 58,954 € 4 %
BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt


2,000 €

<1 %
Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb)

Strengthening the Digital Public Sphere

12,160 €

1 %

BündnisBürgerenergie Digital Energy Transition

10,000 €

1 %

Datev Stiftung Zukunft institutional

60,000 €

4 %
Dt. Stiftungsagentur (Rainer Lemoine Stiftung) Digital Energy Transition

35,000 €

2 %
Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG)

Digital Rights, Surveillance and Democracy

126,113 €

8 %
Evonik Foundation



2 %
The European Union represented by European Commission International Cybersecurity Policy

75,583 €

5 %
Haleakala Foundation Digital Energy Transition

30,000 €

2 %
Part of the Omidyar Group
Data Economy
KI Toward a European Third Way
317,873 € 19 %
Open Society Foundations Digital Rights, Surveillance and Democracy
Measuring Disinformation in Germany
207,389 € 12 %
Robert Bosch Foundation GmbH International Cybersecurity Policy 30,000 € 2 %
 Mercator Foundation GmbH Strengthening the Digital Public Sphere
Artificial Intelligence & Foreign Policy
143,775 € 9 %
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Strengthening the Digital Public Sphere
International Cybersecurity Policy
183,067 € 11 %
Total donations from foundations and public institutions

1,415,576 €

88 % des Gesamtbudgets in 2019


Corporate Donations
Institution Application of Resources Amount in 2019 Percent of Total Budget (2019)
Beisheim Holding institutional 0.00 €* 0 %
Bosch-Siemens Haushaltsgeräte GmbH institutional 50,000 € 3 %
Hewlett-Packard Deutschland GmbH institutional 20,000 € 1 %
IBM Deutschland GmbH 2019 institutional 50,000 € 3 %
KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft institutional 29,750 € 2 %
LANXESS AG institutional 50,000 € 3 %

Total corporate donations

199,750 € 12 % of total budget in 2019

 * Granted use of premises by Immago AG

All donations for our work in the fiscal year 2019 are fundamentally based on our certified end-of-year financial report for 2019 and are updated annually. For further questions regarding our financing structure, please contact Silke Zakarneh. In 2019, we were able to gain the Federal Agency for Civic Education, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Media Authority of Berlin-Brandenburg as additional sponsors for the 2020 funding period, thus expanding our range of supporters.   


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 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. 

For our funding in 2018, please refer to this page.