bUm Berlin

bUm is a joint project of betterplace and KARUNA, which offers non-profit organisations and socially engaged actors space to work, learn, hold events and meet intersectorally in a central Berlin location. bUm promotes solidarity through networking and collaboration. bUm is the heartbeat that strengthens commitment to a good life for all.

Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft

In Germany, there are no uniform publication requirements for civil society organisations. Yet transparency helps to make one's own work comprehensible to the public and donors, thus strengthening trust and credibility.

In 2010, on the initiative of Transparency International Deutschland e.V., numerous actors from civil society and academia defined ten basic points that every civil society organisation should make accessible to the public. These include, among other things, the articles of association, the names of the key decision-makers and information on the source of funds, the use of funds and the personnel structure.


The foundation of the future should bring about sustainable change, be a transformative donor and interact participatively - both internally and externally. To this end, the #VertrauenMachtWirkung initiative, founded in 2019, is stimulating a critical debate on the transformation of the philanthropic sector nationwide in cooperation with various foundation representatives, defining collective values and goals and putting them into practice. The initiative presents nine theses on how the foundation of the future can look and function.

Stiftung Bildung

The Stiftung Bildung is a donation-financed foundation under civil law that aims to create the best educational opportunities for children and young people. To this end, Stiftung Bildung works directly at the grassroots level through the nationwide network of daycare and school support associations (Fördervereine), strengthens those involved and turns ideas into reality on the ground. Kitas and schools actively shape the diverse education system themselves, oriented towards the respective children and young people of their location, and thus change society. Stiftung Bildung is a member of the Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement (BBE), the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen (BVDS) and the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Berlin. This makes daycare and school development associations part of these networks.

Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen

The Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen (Association of German Foundations) represents the interests of German foundations towards politics and society. With over 4,700 members, it is the largest and oldest association of foundations in Europe.
Affirmative has been a member of the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen since July 2022.

Netzwerk Stiftungen und Bildung

The Netzwerk Stiftungen und Bildung (Network Foundations and Education) aims to be a nationwide guide for civil society engagement, to promote educational alliances and to support foundations in their educational work. The network focuses on cooperation between education actors and impact at the local level.
Fundamental objectives include the promotion and support of cooperation structures, identification and promotion of innovations as well as the exchange and agreement of quality standards and evaluation.
We are part of Netzwerk Stiftungen und Bildung since June 2022.


Eleven - Verein für Kinder- und Jugendförderung e.V. accompanies organisations in the field of child and youth support that are demonstrably effective in promoting equal opportunities for children, young people and families throughout Germany. Eleven currently supports 13 organisations along the education chain with goal-oriented support and capacity building. Together they form the Eleven community to reach as many children, young people and families as possible as effectively as possible.

Welcome Alliance

The Welcome Alliance is a coordinating alliance of civil social organisations, foundations, state institutions and companies. The common goal: to shape the arrival and long-term participation of new immigrants in Germany in a humane, needs-oriented and sustainable way. With a new form of collective, coordinated and cross-sectoral action. The Welcome Alliance was initiated by ProjectTogether and has its origins in the Alliance4Ukraine. It aims to have a systemic impact and is now expanding its strategy to refugees and migrants from all countries of origin.

Affirmative has been an official member of the Welcome Alliance since June 2023 in order to achieve more together.