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Since its foundation in 1961 the GLS Treuhand has offered its resources to every individual who is committed to working for the common good.

The GLS Treuhand offers advice regarding donations and the establishment of individual charitable foundations as well as last wills and inheritance. It can play the role of an intermediary in the personal process of transferring wealth for community oriented benefits.

With the Foundations for the Future, the GLS Treuhand is directly engaged in the fields of education, development assistance, agriculture, health care and social welfare.
Currently it maintains more than 110 donor advised funds. Founders and initiatives continue to be involved in the decision making processes.
The GLS Treuhand also offers specific topic-oriented funds (so-called Theme Funds) which work towards resolving crucial social challenges.

The legal structure of the GLS Treuhand is that of a trusteeship, an umbrella organisation of almost 300 associations with social, ecological and cultural goals. The trusteeship belongs to the GLS group, together with the GLS Bank and the GLS holding company.

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Please contact us
If these topics are of interest for you, you are welcome to participate. For more details about entering an existing foundation and donation possibilities, please contact

Astrid Schröter
Phone: +49 234 5797-5227
Email: astrid.schroeter@gls-treuhand.de

Goals and Spirit of the GLS Treuhand

"The fear of a future we dread can only be overcome through images of a future we want."

(Wilhelm Ernst Barkhoff; founding member of the GLS bank and GLS trusteeship.)

The GLS Treuhand wants to achieve a culture of donation which connects individual freedom and initiative to social responsibility. It supports the citizens’ social engagement by providing advice and assistance, bringing people and money together for social, ecological and cultural purposes.

The GLS Treuhand and its foundations work unselfishly, transparently and cooperatively together with everyone who wants to create the future and move the present.

Foundations for the Future - an overview

Development: Zukunftsstiftung Entwicklung
(Future Foundation for Development)
Sponsorship for social and self-help projects for peasants, crafts people, cooperatives and women-groups as well as for children in Peru, Brasil, Kenia, Uganda, India, Nepal and Vietnam.

Dr. Annette Massmann (Director)
Phone: +49 234 5797-5257
Email: entwicklung@gls-treuhand.de

Agriculture: Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft
(with Organic Seed-Research-Fund and livestock/ poultry breeding funds)
Supports projects focusing on livestock and poultry breeding, organic plant breeding, research and education, as well as projects committed to maintaining seeds free of genetic modifications (gm-free seeds). Conventions and discussion forums. Promotor of the campaign Save our Seeds (SOS).

Oliver Willing
Phone: +49 234 5797-5141
Email: oliver.willing@gls-treuhand.de

Education: Zukunftsstiftung Bildung
Supporting projects for educational reform. Promoting learning processes oriented towards the individual (personalized learning). Supporting  free cultural life.

Matthias Riepe
Phone: +49 234 5797-5297
Email: matthias.riepe@gls-treuhand.de

Holistic Health Care: Zukunftsstiftung Gesundheit
Support for initiatives and projects with an impetus towards a health care system focused on individual developing persons.

Jan Matthias Hesse
Phone: +49 711 22021697
Email: gesundheit@gls-treuhand.de

Sustainable Energy: Stiftung Neue Energie
Committed to contribute to a change towards sustainable energy production. Supports decentralised, ecological initiatives for renewable energy and works against the use of atomic power.

Dr. Hermann Falk
Phone: +49 234 5797-5352
Email: hermann.falk@stiftung-neue-energie.de

Funding Requests for Projects: Antragsmanagement

Oliver Basu Mallick
Phone: +49 234 5797-5254
Email: oliver.basumallick@gls-treuhand.de