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In 2009, the Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft der Freunde, Förderer und Ehemaligen der Freien Universität Berlin e. V. founded the Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung at Freie Universität Berlin. The foundation supports scholarship, science, research, and teaching activities, particularly at Freie Universität Berlin, and strengthens the university in its role as an institution dedicated to the principles of independence and freedom. The proceeds earned by the foundation are intended to enable long-term support for the foundation’s goals. The Board of Management of the Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung is identical to the Managing Board of the Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft.

Goals of the Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung (selected)

  • Collecting and providing financial and in-kind resources to promote scholarship, science, research, and teaching activities as well as junior scholars and scientists at Freie Universität Berlin

  • Supporting academic events at Freie Universität by granting subsidies

  • Awarding prizes for outstanding scientific and academic work completed by members and graduates of Freie Universität

  • Promoting the international contacts of Freie Universität Berlin

  • Supporting scientific and academic publications by members and graduates of Freie Universität by granting subsidies

How You Can Support Us:

The Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung is a legally valid foundation organized and existing under German civil law and is a recognized nonprofit organization. By law, complying with the will of the endowing body or bodies is its foremost principle. The Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung is permitted to add any non-earmarked allocations it receives from bequests or donations inter vivos to the foundation’s assets. Support measures can only be financed out of proceeds earned from the foundation’s assets, which are themselves untouchable.

You can donate to the Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung

Berliner Sparkasse
Konto 600 00 535 07
BLZ 100 500 00

IBAN: DE53 1005 0000 6000 0535 07

You can start your own foundation with the Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung as the umbrella organization

The Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung can function as an umbrella organization, managing a non-independent foundation whose purpose you determine yourself in trust. This is possible even if the purpose of this foundation for tax purposes is not identical, or not fully identical, with its aims.

You can include the Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung in your will

If you include the Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung in your will, you can set a bequest that determines how the Foundation is to utilize your assets. You can also name the Foundation as a beneficiary under your life or pension insurance.

You can provide a loan to the Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung

The Ernst-Reuter-Stiftung can also manage your assets as part of a loan. Unless you specify otherwise, the interest earned on your loan will be added to the assets of the Foundation or used to fulfill ongoing tasks.