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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 (German)

DKJS statues (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 27 February 2015.

4. Names and titles of key decision-makers

Managing Director: Dr Heike Kahl

Power of attorney, shared with another authorised officer (joint proxy): Frank Hinte

DKJS Foundation Council

6. Staff structure

In 2014, the DKJS employed an average of 242 staff (not including staff on parental leave). Breakdown by department:

  • Management: 3
  • Programme Department: 199
  • Communication and Fundraising: 16
  • Finances, Law and Human Resources: 24

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 is roughly 60-40.

2014 balance of accounts (German)

2014 profit and loss statement (German)

2014 audit opinion and report (German)

The total revenue in 2014 was €16.733 million

Origin of funds:

  • Federal government: 48%
  • State and local governments: 10%
  • Foundations: 25%
  • Tax-exempt special purpose enterprise: 5%
  • For-profit operations: 2%
  • Other private funds: 4%
  • Donations: 3%
  • Other: 2%

8. Application of funds


Personnel costs: 41%
Contracted services, fees, evaluation: 20%
Project funding: 19%
Advertising, printing and travel expenses: 14%
Office space costs: 3%
Allowance for depreciation: 1%
Other expenses: 2%

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.

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 Education and Research: 27%
Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: 13%


Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania State Ministry of Economic Affairs,
Labour and Tourism: 8%
Telefónica Foundation: 3%
Heinz Nixdorf Foundation: 3%

All partners (German)

Last updated: October 2014

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