The Foundation Council’s main responsibility is to determine the basic programmatic, economic and financial goals of management. The members of the Foundation Council serve in an honorary capacity and do not receive any payment. From among its members, the Council elects a working committee to monitor the implementation of the approved annual plan (including the financial plan) and the lawful conduct of management.
Patroness Elke Büdenbender
Since 2002, the German First Lady has served as patroness of the German Children and Youth Foundation. Elke Büdenbender, partner of current German President Frank-Walther Steinmeier, assumed the honorary office of DKJS patroness in 2017 and has since put an emphasis on the needs and interests of youth. Her predecessors were Christina Rau, Eva Luise Köhler, Bettina Wulff and Daniela Schadt, whose support and advocacy have helped spread the word about the Foundation’s educational vision in Germany.