Research project highlights the high quality of work done by foundations

Mainz, Germany, 30 Jan 2019: For the third time, the Centre for Social Investment (CSI) at Heidelberg University has analysed the work of non-profit foundations. Among the eight participants of the 2017/2018 study were the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF), the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU, German Federal Environmental Foundation), and the Volkswagen Foundation.

Through an online survey, the study systematically evaluated the cooperation and the relationship between foundations and their partners (applicants, grantees, and others). The partners were asked to give feedback about their level of satisfaction with the work of “their” foundation and about topics such as administration, capacity building, and the general perception of the foundation. The study shows that the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds is perceived as a renowned organisation that is reliable and has high standards and that it “obtains high levels of satisfaction among its partners”. Furthermore, the BIF’s “purposeful and customized supportive programmes” are rated as highly beneficial for academic careers.

The BIF does not intend to rest on its laurels: It will use the feedback from the study to further optimise its programmes and processes.

Executive summary in English as a download

Further information from the CSI about the study and the participating foundations.

The full report is available in German only


Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds:
Dr Anja Petersen
Foundation for Basic Research in Medicine
Schusterstr. 46-48
55116 Mainz

Tel.: +49 (0)6131 27 508-0
Fax: +49 (0)6131 27 508-11

Centre for Social Investment (CSI)
Dr Volker Then (Managing Director)
Martin Hölz, M.A. (Project Leader)
Max-Weber-Institut für Soziologie
Heidelberg University
Bergheimer Str. 58
69115 Heidelberg

Tel.: +49 (0)6221 54 119 84

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