Field sites: Berlin

Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen / Association of German Foundations

The Association aims to support the work of foundations by collaborating with policy makers, public officials and governing bodies. These collaborations have led to improvements in foundation legislation and tax-law, and the integration of practice-led expertise into public decision-making processes. The Association also facilitates dialogue between foundations through regular networking events. More about the Association of German Foundations.

Betterplace Lab

A self-proclaimed “think- and do-tank”, the Betterplace Lab began in 2010 with a desire to harness the internet for social good. Today, the organisation strives to maximise work and investment in the social sector by providing project managers and donors with the latest research in the digital-social field. Recent reports include studies into data privacy at NGOs and youth engagement via social media. More about Betterplace Lab.

Gut für Berlin: Berliner Sparkasse / Good for Berlin: Berlin Savings Bank

Delivered by the Berlin Savings Bank, the Good for Berlin scheme sponsors local projects across the city that aim to benefit family life, increase accessibility to sport and culture, and promote educational and young entrepreneurial opportunities. The scheme also coordinates several community foundations dedicated to neighbourhood cooperation, medical research and art education. More about Good for Berlin (German only).

Regenbogenfabrik / Rainbow Factory

Established in 1981, Regenbogenfabrik is a solidarity organisation that coordinates many projects from its neighbourhood community centre in Kreuzberg. The centre houses many socio-culutral facilities, including a hostel, coffee shop, cinema, children’s space and a bicycle repair shop. The organisation strives to operate within a solidarity economy, which puts social, cultural and political action at the heart of its economic thinking. More about Regenbogenfabrik (German only).

30th anniversary celebrations (© Regenbogenfabrik)

Restlos Glücklich / Completely Happy

Restlos Glücklich aims to raise awareness about responsible and sustainable food consumption through education and cookery. Based in the Neukölln neighbourhood, their restaurant uses food that would otherwise be wasted, including excess food, incorrectly labelled goods and crooked vegetables! The organisation regularly leads school classes and workshops for all ages on how to avoid food waste and consume more consciously. More about Restlos Glücklich (in German).

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