Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 06:00 pm
Location: Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin
Moderated by: Julia Propp, Senior Project Manager, Robert Bosch Academy
  • Erin Ganju, Managing Director, Echidna Giving Fund; and Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy
  • Michael Alberg-Seberich, Managing Director, Wider Sense
  • Henry Alt-Haaker, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Robert Bosch Academy, Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Selmin Çalışkan, Director of Institutional Relations, Open Society Foundations
  • Kirsten Hommelhoff, Secretary General, Association of German Foundations


5:30 pm Welcome
6:00 pm Discussion
7:30 pm Reception


Philanthropic institutions use private funds for public good yet are managed privately. They are key actors in setting the development agenda but are often the least understood and least transparent actors. It is thus important to critically examine how foundations carry out their work to enable open and informed conversations about effective philanthropy. 

Erin Ganju has been studying the current disruptors in philanthropy and how these forces can push foundations to evolve to be a more supportive partner to nonprofit organizations in driving transformational change. Over the past five months, Erin Ganju has interviewed over 40 stakeholders on the trends and developments of the German foundation sector. The high-level synthesis incudes findings on what is working well in the sector and opportunities for improvement.

Questions include:

  • What do German foundation sector stakeholders think is the state of innovation in their sector? What are some of the trends and tensions influencing the sector?
  • How are German foundations responding to the global effective philanthropy movement? What is changing, what is not? 
  • What are some of the US-American trends in philanthropy and how are they similar or different in Germany?
  • What opportunities do people see for German private philanthropy to play an active leadership role in shaping the European and global development agenda? 

This will be an interactive evening with time for the audience to contribute to the conversation. A light meal and drinks will be served.

Registration for this event is closed.