We foster an everyday culture in schools and society as a whole that reinforces democratic thinking and behavior and effectively combats group-focused antagonisms. Our goal is to create a culture of equality, in which everyone can be different without fear or the risk of denigration.
Matthew MacWilliamsresearch director
The project is dedicated to understanding the reasons behind the high levels of inconsistent support for democracy observed among Americans 18-to-29 years of age, sharing this knowledge broadly among foundations, academics, and activists in the United States, and developing pilot interventions to address the problem. With higher levels of inconsistent of support for democracy among 18-to-29 years olds a documented problem in Europe as well, our approach has Transatlantic implications.
"Young People and Democracy" project study, Wisconsin (US)
The practically oriented study examines the questions of why so many young people in the USA are not consistent supporters of democracy and what possible approaches could be adopted to bring about a change in their attitude.In the swing state Wisconsin, quantitative and qualitative surveys are being conducted among young people from the black and white population to discover how they perceive the democratic system and the issues and values that are important to them. Building on this and embedded in the local civil society landscape, a pilot project will try out how to (re-)enthuse young people for political and social commitment and democratic values.The Freudenberg Foundation is supporting the project study together with the German Marshall Fund in order to enable transnational learning in times of global erosion of democracies and to gain new perspectives for strengthening democracy in Germany and Europe.
Anna-Lilja EdelsteinProject manager
For students, digital media and social media are part of their everyday lives. With our #netzrevolte project, we open up space in schools so that they can explore and engage with both the challenges and the potential benefits of our "digitally networked" society. In conjunction with the service-learning approach, students are given the opportunity to be creative in digital space, by designing their own campaign projects to promote social cohesion and democracy.
#netzrevolte, Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement
The #netzrevolte project aims to combine democratic with digital education in schools, and strengthen democratic action capacities and powers of judgment among children and young people on the net.By means of the Service-Learning form of teaching/learning, pupils engage with digital media and phenomena like fake news and hate speech, and participate in self-designed projects to campaign for diversity and equality in civil society.The Freudenberg Foundation supports #netzrevolte because digital education can extend beyond the inculcation of technical competences and can be meaningfully related to the real world on the basis of an unambiguous democratic value orientation. www.servicelearning.de
Daniel StraußAssociation of German Sinti and Roma
The Alliance for Solidarity is the first lobby for Sinti and Roma in post-war history set up from within society and outside that minority itself. This is why I hold the Alliance, and the organizations and persons committed to its mission, in high esteem and unreservedly support their work.
Alliance for Solidarity with the Sinti and Roma of Europe, Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The Alliance for Solidarity with the Sinti and Roma of Europe deploys political advocacy and public relations work to combat antiziganism, and constitutes a forum for facilitating mutual feedback and networking among its member organizations.On the annual ROMADAY, cultural and political events open up new perspectives on Sinti and Roma as positive, multifaceted social protagonists. An antiziganism observation office rigorously publicizes antiziganist incidents throughout Europe – with a focus on Eastern Europe.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Alliance for Solidarity with the Sinti and Roma of Europe, in order to campaign for equitable social participation and political visibility of Sinti and Roma in conjunction with self-organizations and other protagonists.www.romaday.org/Buendnis
Lars ReppAdministrative Director
The enemies of democracy have become professionalized. The civil society initiatives must not be in any way inferior to this. They need a solid foundation. The Amadeu Antonio Foundation stands alongside democratic civil society.
Amadeu Antonio Foundation
The Amadeu Antonio Foundation campaigns for a democratic civil society, resolutely and proactively opposed to right-wing extremism, racism and anti-Semitism.For this purpose, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation supports local projects, and is itself operationally active in educative and consultancy work in both analog and digital space.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, so as to strengthen democratic culture with synergized expertise and to effectively combat neo-right-wing mindsets. www.amadeu-antonio-stiftung.de
Dr. Eva SturmAssociation chairwoman
Thinking art together with various dialog and engagement formats, using art to actively intervene in social processes, developing new perspectives together with people - in this I see great potential for creating community, especially in regions and places where conflicts make it difficult or even block cooperation and exchange.
Art and Democracy association
The Art and Democracy association aims to reinforce democracy, social cohesion and sustainability in Germany and Europe by organizing professional, cross-specialism art projects.The artists working for the association see their role as "artivists" who address pressing social conflicts. The focus is on neglected issues, underprivileged places or disempowered groups. Their art aims to touch people’s hearts and encourage them to look at things from a different angle. The artists are at present working on an international project addressing the "energy turnaround" and the destruction of the landscape.The Freudenberg Foundation is supporting the activities of the Art and Democracy association with the aim of harnessing the potential offered by art in order to open up a new perspective on inherent social tensions and to create scope for fresh visions of the future.www.kunstunddemokratie.de
Ferdos ForudastanManaging Director
Immigration, flight, social diversity, integration, democratic culture, social cohesion ... In dealing with these often very controversial issues, the media have an extraordinarily great responsibility. How do they assume this responsibility? This question guides the CIVIS Media Foundation in the competition for the CIVIS Media Prizes or at its media conferences.
CIVIS Media Foundation
The CIVIS Media Foundation aims to raise awareness among journalists in the electronic media for the issues of integration and cultural diversity, and to encourage them in their work, by awarding an accolade for exemplary programs.The prestigious CIVIS Media Prize is annual award for contributions from radio, film, television and the internet that engage to outstanding effect with the issues of migration, integration and cultural diversity. In addition, CIVIS regularly hosts conferences and seminars.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the CIVIS Media Foundation, because media exert a very significant effect on public opinion-forming, and thus also possess major potential for strengthening democratic culture and respect for diversity. www.civismedia.eu
COMMUNITY art CENTER mannheim (CACM)
The COMMUNITY art CENTER mannheim (CACM) is a center for dialog-driven, transformational art, which deploys art-based modes of campaigning for the open society and democratic culture.With low-threshold art projects in a variety of genres, the CACM reaches out to the residents of the Neckarstadt-West district in Mannheim and beyond. The formats developed specifically for this purpose render the issues addressed experientially accessible, and encourage concomitant discussions and engagement.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the COMMUNITYartCENTERmannheim, because dialog-driven, transformational art promotes shared reflection and communication between people from different backgrounds on key social problems.www.communityartcenter-mannheim.de
Competence Center for Municipal Conflict Counseling, Association for the Promotion of Education (VFB Salzwedel)
The Competence Center for Municipal Conflict Counseling supports cities, municipalities and districts in their endeavors to cope with social tensions in a constructive and professional approach.The systemic approach for municipal conflict counseling enables local protagonists from the fields of politics, administration and civil society to perceive any conflict potential at an early stage, to understand the reasons involved and to tackle conflicts strategically in a network that likewise includes the community. The focus here is on an unbiased, resource-driven and sustainable approach.The Freudenberg Foundation is supporting the Competence Center for Municipal Conflict Counseling within the framework of a cooperation agreement with the state of Saxony-Anhalt because democracy and social cohesion begin in a municipal context and must be strengthened there on the spot.www.vfb-saw.de
Prof. Dr. Vassilis TsianosChairman
True to the principle of "Research in the public interest", we would like to refine and expand the interface between dedicated, research-based migration expertise and migration-society-focused research communication in the Council on Migration. For me, this means not least developing interdisciplinary participation formats tailored to different application contexts that will bring together migration studies, migration projects and today's decolonization processes.
Council on Migration (RfM)
The Council on Migration (RfM) is a nationwide grouping of around 170 academics, who have set themselves to provide critical coverage of political decisions and public debates regarding migration, integration and asylum.The RfM's interdisciplinary members involved work together in six sections: ""Education and Language", "Gender and Sexuality", "Religion", "Post-Migrant Society", "City and Region", and "Migration, Refugees and European Frontier Regime", and communicate their results to the public in statements, publications and media postings.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Council on Migration, because with its academic assessment of political consequences it contributes to the public debate with empirically based statements.www.rat-fuer-migration.de
Jasna JašarevićManaging Director
Only active citizens can create a prosperous democratic society and a safe future for all generations.
Democratic Communities, Tuzla Community Foundation
The Democratic Communities project of the Tuzla Community Foundation (Bosnia) aims to combat disintegrative social processes by means of local participatory projects.With the aid of the community-organizing approach, the aim is to strengthen the citizens’ self-organization and design/problem-solving competence driven by the common good. Both social and economic components are incorporated here, e.g. through a youth bank project and business start-up consultancy.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Democratic Communities project, so as to develop model perspectives and strengthen social cohesion at a place with difficult starting conditions with the aid of democratic forms of participation.www.fondacijatz.org
Fabian KlinkerResearch referee
Social networks are the central media in which democratic culture and social participation are negotiated and organised. The Digital Awareness project uses comprehensive data analyses to support civil society in understanding digital communication, in putting in place positive narratives and in adopting an evidence-based approach to reaching out to new target groups.
Digital Awareness, IDZ Jena
In its "Digital Awareness" project, the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society Jena (IDZ) monitors German-language debates with a broad political impact in digital space. It uses the results to strengthen civil-societal organizations campaigning for diversity, equality and the rule of law.Using the "Social Listening" method, it analyzes narratives about controversial social issues posted on broad-coverage platforms, along with the relevant target groups. It then edits the results appropriately for different segments of the general public. "Digital Awareness" is part of the international "Comms Hub" project network, which aims to ensure that digital space is not dominated by a small but vociferous minority of extremists.The Freudenberg Foundation is supporting "Digital Awareness", thus encouraging a broadly accessible democratic debate culture on the internet and promoting social cohesion on a sustained basis.www.idz-jena.de
Sandra ZentnerManaging Director
Strengthening democracy and transforming schools, these are the goals of our foundation: with Service-Learning, children and young people, irrespective of their origins, can obtain good education and proactively help to shape our democratic society.
Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement
Service-learning – learning through civic engagement is a teaching and learning method that combines cognitive learning with community service. Students participate in their community (“service”) while addressing real needs and applying their theoretical knowledge (“learning”).Together with its nationwide network of schools and local partners, the foundation develops and supports involvement projects with highly disparate thematic keynotes, each of them closely integrated into the curriculum.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement so as to strengthen a school education that communicates its contents with meaningful realism, and encourages children and young people to practise active democratic participation.www.servicelearning.de
Maren DüsbergManaging Director RAA Saxony
The promotion of democratic thought and action from childhood and adolescence all the way through to old age are in our state particularly our most important goals and work contents.
Home. Democracy. Saxony.
The Home.Democracy.Saxony. development project aims to strengthen Saxony’s democratic culture in structurally weak districts.For this purpose, the project aims to collaborate with municipalities that campaign with meaningful commitment for a democratic common good, and in particular with schools. In addition, with the aid of communicative strategies, democratic mindsets and positive visions of the future are to be more securely anchored in public opinion.The Freudenberg Foundation is developing the Home.Democracy.Saxony. project in conjunction with the RAA Saxony and the RAA Hoyerswerda/East Saxony, so as to strengthen democracy, solidarity in diversity and hope for the future through opinion-leaders in local councils, schools and the media.www.raa-sachsen.de
Thomas HetzelProject Manager
Our vision: All children and young people in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania should experience with Service-Learning at least once during their schooldays how much joy, motivation and meaningfulness arise when they can combine community service and cognitive learning. For this we qualify teachers and accompany the development and implementation of teaching projects.
Learning by Involvement competence center, RAA Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
The competence center for Learning by Involvement of the RAA Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania provides counseling, support and skilling for the teachers at schools that want to translate the teaching/learning approach of service learning into practical reality.Learning by Involvement links substantive learning during lessons with social involvement of pupils. In this way, children and young people acquire both democratic and social competences, with the learning culture in the school concerned also undergoing a long-term change.The Freudenberg Foundation is supporting the Learning by Involvement competence center, in order to ensure that this type of school education, communicating as it does its contents with meaningful realism and encouraging adolescents to practise active democratic participation, is being more widely adopted.www.raa-mv.de
Prof. Dr. Markus GloeProject Coordinator
Interactive digital testimonies enable users to ask their own questions and to acquaint themselves at their own pace with the testimonies of people who witnessed and lived through the Holocaust.
Learning with digital testimonies (LediZ), LMU Munich
At the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, interactive 3D testimonies of Holocaust survivors and their descendants are being developed so that future generations will also be able to see and listen to them.To this end, filmed recordings are being made of the stories and memories of people of Jewish faith and from members of the second and third generation of the Sinti minority who witnessed and lived through the Holocaust. Later it will be possible for schoolchildren to interact with the recordings and ask questions, which will be matched to appropriate responses with the aid of speech recognition software.The Freudenberg Foundation is supporting the project, in order to keep alive the legacy of contemporary witnesses from all groups and communities victimized by the Nazis, and to impart the lessons of the Nazi period to young people in a modern and accessible form.www.lediz.uni-muenchen.de
Cordula EubelEditorial Director
Migration Media Service, Council for Migration
The Migration Media Service is an information platform for journalists aimed at contributing towards academically substantiated coverage themed around the issues of migration and integration.For this purpose, the Migration Media Service provides journalists with facts and figures, publishes background reports of hitherto neglected issues, holds press conferences and conducts on-the-spot researches. An extensive database brokers experts from numerous specialisms.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Migration Media Service, because a democratic debate culture can be strengthened with journalism that does not produce any lurid headlines, but engages dialectically with issues on the basis of carefully researched facts.
Isidora RandjelovićManaging director
Regarding archiving not simply as the dispassionate gathering of data, but as a living and emotional process, as an analytical and creative activity, as a critical yet appreciative means of remembering our wonderful Romani, as the forging of links between people of the past and present, as self-reflection, as self-positioning within the overall narrative and within society, as a critique of circumstances, as an expression of love for resistance, hope and (hi)stories.
RomaniPhen e.V. is a self-organized Roma and Sinti association which operates primarily in the field of education and in the production of knowledge-based and cultural content.The work of RomaniPhen covers non-school-based historical and political education, racism awareness training for specialist staff and propagators, as well as the creation and dissemination of educational materials. Feminist work with girls, Romani-related events, the networking of activists, and awareness-raising and dissemination of Romani knowledge are further key aspects of the association's work.The Freudenberg Foundation is supporting RomaniPhen in order to highlight progressive minority perspectives and to campaign for a society free of racism together with Sinti and Roma.www.romnja-power.de
Benjamin WinklerProject manager
Democracy needs democrats. It sounds so simple, but it's actually a daily challenge. Presented each year, the Saxon Prize for Democracy is our way of supporting the projects and initiatives of the many committed democrats striving at different levels to protect and strengthen democracy in Saxony.
Saxon Prize for Democracy, Amadeu Antonio Foundation
The Saxon Prize for Democracy is an accolade bestowed on initiatives that campaign against right-wing violence, for human rights, and for promoting a democratic civil society in Saxony.Worth 5,000 euros, the prize is awarded each year by the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, the Cellex Foundation, the Dirk Oelbermann Foundation, the Freudenberg Foundation and the Sebastian Cobler Foundation, and has numerous other supporters, such as the Stern magazine, the Central German Broadcasting Corporation (mdr) and several Ministers of State in Saxony. In addition, since 2014 municipal commitment has been honored with an unendowed Municipality Prize.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Saxon Prize in order to strengthen and publicly spotlight those people who on a daily basis in what are in most cases structurally disadvantaged areas stand up to right-wing-populist influences.www.demokratiepreis-sachsen.de
Natalia KrasowskaEducational referent
Getting involved in something new requires passion and a little courage, but above all calm and good accompaniment. The Coordination Office for Service-Learning in Saxony is committed to supporting schools in establishing more learning and practice areas which promote democracy and to accompanying them in a needs-based and participatory manner.
Service-Learning in Saxony, Aktion Zivilcourage e. V.
The goal of the cooperation agreement between the Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement, the Saxony Youth Foundation, Aktion Zivilcourage e. V., the Freudenberg Foundation and Saxony’s Ministry of Culture and Education is to anchor Service-Learning at all of Saxony’s schools in the long term.Service-Learning stands for a teaching/learning approach that links civic engagement of pupils with substantive learning. In Saxony, the focus is on the #netzrevolte project for fostering democratic competence in the digital society.The Freudenberg Foundation is supporting Service-Learning in Saxony, in order to ensure that this type of school education, communicating as it does its contents with meaningful realism and encouraging adolescents to practise active democratic participation, is being more widely adopted.www.aktion-zivilcourage.de
Dr. Cornelia SchuManaging Director
The primary concerns of the SVR and its research department are to edit on an academically substantiated basis the relevant facts for society as a whole and politicians in particular in what is often an emotionally charged field of integration and migration, to discuss relevant options, and thus objectify the ongoing debate.
The Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR)
The Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR) aims to offer political decision-makers action-oriented recommendations and critical coverage in the thematic fields of integration and migration.The SVR consists of nine academics, who together draw up an annual assessment report and take a stance on current debates. Moreover, the ""Integration Barometer" is an instrument designed to measure the integration climate in Germany using surveys of people with and without a migration background.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Expert Council, in order to strengthen academically substantiated positions on migration policy in all democratic parties and the civil service.www.svr-migration.de
Dr. Constanze JaiserProject Manager
Through a regional perspective for accessing history with the “Timetrail I Urban.History & Remembrance” project, I aim to initiate a self-critical reflection on the potency of exclusionary language, and together with young people discuss the historical consequences of fascist stereotypes, of racism and anti-semitism.