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Transparent Civil Society Initiative

The German Children and Youth Foundation (DKJS) is committed to the goals of the Transparent Civil Society Initiative. As mandated by the initiative, it voluntarily discloses the following information to the public:

1. Name, headquarters, address and founding year

Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung GmbH (DKJS)
Tempelhofer Ufer 11
10963 Berlin

Founding year: 1994


2. Statutes and goals of the DKJS

DKJS mission statement (PDFGerman)

DKJS statues (PDF German)

3. Information on tax privileges

As a charitable organisation, the DKJS is exempt from corporate income tax per notice of exemption (German) from the Berlin Tax Office of 14 March 2019.

4. Names and titles of key decision-makers

Managing Directors: Dr Heike Kahl (Head), Frank Hinte

DKJS Foundation Council

5. Activity report

Fields of action

All programms (German)

In order to achieve equality in education and the opportunity for children and youths to take part in society, DKJS was again in 2018, involved in seeking good quality in early childhood education [e.g. “Local Quality”, German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and the Jacobs Foundation], in digital education in all-day schools (e.g. “”, sponsored by ARAG SE), in promoting democracy (e.g. “Get Off the Couch” sponsored by the State Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Pro-tection of Saxony),  in municipal education management [e.g. “Transfer Agen-cies in Large Cities and the Northeast” sponsored by the German Federal Minis-try of Education and Research (BMBF)] or in integration [e.g. “Welcome to Foot-ball”, sponsored by the Commissioner of the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees and Integration and the DFL (German Football League) foundation].

Important issues are organised in knowledge teams that ensure that the infor-mation required and the relevant knowledge needed can be accessed and used at the right juncture in overlapping issues arising in our programmes. The purpose of the foundation in implementing its programmes is to bring public authorities involved in education together with business and with the general public in order to cooperate as partners in gaining more latitude in financing and content and in ensuring innovation and quality. Bringing the content of our own strategic ambitions together with the ideas of our partners is and remains an essential aspect of our core brand.  Integral components of all activities and programmes are to analyse knowledge systematically, to reflect on what has been learned in programmes and to properly communicate the results and social issues discussed. 

6. Staff structure

In 2018, the DKJS employed an average of 373 (2017:348) . 188 among them work part-time, 27 are students. 

  • Management: 5
  • Programme Department: 309
  • Communication and Fundraising: 30
  • Finances, Law and Human Resources: 31

7. Source of funds

The programmes of the German Children and Youth Foundation are mostly funded through grants, donations or collaborations. The public/private funding ratio was 2018 74 - 26.

Origin of funds:

  • Federal government:12.811 T€ (2017: 10.846 T€)
  • State and local governments: 7.455 T€ (2017: 6.918 T€)
  • Foundations: 4.851 T€ (2017: 4.403 T€)
  • Sales revenue: 1.557 T€ (2017: 1.289 T€)
  • Other private funds: 1.196 T€ (2017: 1.329 T€)
  • Donations: 182 T€ (2017: 179 T€)
  • Other: 141 T€ (2017: 228 T€)

8. Application of funds

Balance Sheet 2018 (PDF German)

Income Statement 2018 (PDF German)

Roever, Broenner Susat Mazars GmbH & Co. KG hase  audited  the  annual  financial  statements  -  consisting  of  the  balance  sheet,  the  income  statement as well as the notes - together with the bookkeeping system and the management report of Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung GmbH, Berlin, for the financial year from 1 January 2018 to 31  December  2018.  The  maintenance  of  the  books  and  records  and  the  preparation  of  the  annual  financial  statements  and  the  management  report  in  accordance  with  German  commercial  law  and  the  supplementary  provisions  in  the  Articles  of  Association  are  the  responsibility  of  the  Company’s  management. 

According to the statement of the auditors on 21.06.2019 this audit has not led to any reservations. In the auditor´s opinion, based on the findings of their audit, the annual financial statements give a true and fair view  of  the  net  assets,  financial  position  and  results  of  operations  of  the  Company  in  accordance  with German principles of proper accounting. On the whole the management report corresponds to the annual financial statements, complies with the legal regulations, provides a suitable view of the Company’s position, and suitably presents the opportunities and risks of future development.

9. Corporate affiliations with third parties

Aside from the German Children and Youth Foundation (DKJS), the ‘Friends and Supporters of the German Children and Youth Foundation’ [Freunde und Förderer der Deutschen Kinder- und Jugendstiftung e.V.] is another active group. Technically, the ‘Friends and Supporters’ have no legal connection to the DKJS. However, a main responsibility of the ‘Friends and Supporters’ is to support the Foundation in its activities and public relations work. The organisation’s close ties to the DKJS are evident in the fact that the DKJS managing director is a permanent member of the Supporters’ three-person executive board, for example.

The DKJS holds a share capital of €1,000 in the non-profit Berliner Stiftungswoche GmbH. The task of that organisation is to highlight the activities of Berlin’s foundations and to make their actions more transparent.

2015 the Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung founded together with Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V. and SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit Hermann-Gmeiner-Fonds Deutschland e.V. the BildungsChancen gemeinnützige GmbH. The Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung GmbH holds shares of € 10.000.

With a nominal capital of 25 thousand euros each, DKJS founded in 2014 the subsidiaries dynalog gmbh and TU11 Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH. Subject of TU11 Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH is the provision of administrative services for non-profit organizations, in particular for the DKJS. Dynalog GmbH offers advice to companies, public administrations and foundations related to employee recruitment and organizational learning issues. Profits generated by both companies flow into the charitable work of DKJS and finance parts the research and development work there.

Apart from that, there are no corporate affiliations with third parties.

List of DKJS shareholders (German)

10. Names of legal or natural persons whose annual payments account for more than 10 per cent of the total budget

Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: 38 %

Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie Berlin 10%

Mercator Foundation 7 %

Federal Ministry of Education and Research: 7%

Kommunaler Sozialverband Sachsen 6%

Fundación Telefónica 3%

All partners (German)

Last updated: September 2019

The DKJS is committed to the goals of the Transparent Civil Society Initiative.
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