F20 Foundations Take a Stand: Association of German Foundations

Scott Campbell
Sustainable Development

In times when multilateralism seems at stake, it is even more important to remind the G20 Heads of State that global challenges require global solutions. Foundations from all parts of the world have established the F20 platform to advance the 2030 Agenda of the UN and be part of the solution, especially with regards to climate change. The goal is to build bridges between civil society, business, and politics within the G20 countries and beyond. In our series, we will introduce some of the foundations.

Annette Kleinbrod, Advisor for International Cooperation at the Association of German Foundations

Why do you support F20?

Annette Kleinbrod: F20 offers German foundations, especially those working on climate issues and for the SDGs, to gain an international voice. Also, international networks such as F20 provide German foundations with access to the international arena and help them leverage their impact.


F20 Foundations Platform

The F20 Foundations Platform is an unprecedented alliance of more than 45 foundations and philanthropic organizations from around the world. The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt is part of the platform’s Steering Group. The participating foundations seek to identify and expose pathways towards sustainable development and call upon the G20 Heads of State to take action. Its aim is to gather momentum for the implementation of the UN Paris climate agreement in order to build bridges between different stakeholders – including the private sector and civil society. The 2018 G20 Summit will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the end of November.

What can you contribute?

Annette Kleinbrod: The Association of German Foundations can help make the work of F20 more visible and known among German foundations as well as across its international foundation networks. It can thus increase F20’s access to important stakeholder groups in philanthropy.

What is the Association of German Foundations in a nutshell?

Annette Kleinbrod: The Association of German Foundations acts in the interest of its member foundations and the sector at large towards policy-makers and other stakeholder groups. It offers diverse services such a legal counseling, scientific research and transparency on the philanthropy sector in Germany; it furthermore organizes networking events and specific working groups around issues relevant to its members, allowing peer learning and facilitating collaboration. At the same time, it analyzes and spreads new trends of philanthropy, such as venture philanthropy, impact investing, trends around the next generation, etc. Recently, the Association also increased its engagement in international networks to help German foundations grow their international outreach, visibility and impact.

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