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Welcome to the Stiftung :do!

This page provides a summary in English of the information on the foundation’s website. It will tell you everything you need to know about the Stiftung :do and how to apply for project funding.

For more information, please feel free contact the team in our office.

The Stiftung :do

The Stiftung :do (“:do Foundation”) aims to support the rights of refugees and immigrants through its project funding activities. We are politically independent, and our work crosses national boundaries.

Migration has been a fact of life around the world throughout history. People have always fled from wars, poverty and unjust social conditions in search of a better life. But despite the advance of globalisation, industrialised nations are increasingly using their police and military forces to keep refugees and immigrants out and deny them their basic rights and a secure livelihood.

Racism – a lasting legacy of European colonial history – still shapes the way in which societies and governments treat people from the Global South.

The Stiftung :do funds projects with the goal of ensuring individual freedom of movement and equal access to health care, education and social inclusion for all people, regardless of their background. We focus on initiatives that promote solidarity and non-racist political policy and, in doing so, fundamentally question the prevailing reality of migration.

The Stiftung :do was founded in 2005 in Hamburg, Germany, by the family of a Hamburg-based entrepreneur. The foundation consists of a Management Board that chooses which projects to fund, a Foundation Board that supervises the foundation’s activities, and a small office team.

An investment committee advises the foundation on the ethical and sustainable investment of its assets.


The Stiftung :do funds between 30 and 50 projects each year. Most of these projects are based in Germany, but some projects have also been carried out on the external borders of the EU in Greece, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Morocco and Israel. The foundation’s total funding volume amounts to around EUR 80,000 annually. A list of project initiators (with project descriptions in German) can be found here.

The following criteria are particularly important to the foundation when choosing which projects to fund:

Who receives funding from the Stiftung :do?

The Stiftung :do primarily funds projects in Germany and along the external borders of the EU.

Due to legal regulations, only registered charitable organisations can receive funding from the Stiftung :do. We require official proof of an organisation’s charitable status.
Initiatives without charitable status may ask a like-minded charitable association to apply for funding on their behalf.

We only fund single self-contained projects. The foundation cannot provide on-going institutional funding or funding for individuals.

How much funding does the Stiftung :do offer?

The Stiftung :do will contribute a maximum of EUR 5,000 per project and funding application.
An expedited application for up to EUR 1,000 can be submitted for short-notice projects.


Deadlines for funding applications up to EUR 5,000:
15 February (for projects starting the earliest 1 April)
15 September (for projects starting the earliest 1 November)
Deadlines for expedited funding applications up to EUR 1,000:
15 February, 15 May, 15 September.

Submitting an application

A complete funding application consists of four parts:

  1. A letter with your organisation’s address, contact person and bank details (BIC/IBAN),
  2. a short description of your organisation and an informative description of your project (no more than five pages),
  3. a complete budget outline with your planned income and expenses,
  4. a copy of the proof of your organisation’s charitable status.

Applications may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or German.

Implementation of the project

If you receive a funding from Stiftung :do, please consider the information sheet on funded projects.

Completion of the project

When your funded project ends, we will need a detailed report on the completed project and proof of your use of the funding (overview of income and expenses).

Receipts will only be required in special cases upon arrangement with you.

Please post your application to our office in Hamburg. Applications may also be submitted via e-mail as long as you attach scanned copies of a letter with a legally binding signature and proof of your organisation’s charitable status.


Stiftung :do
Bodenstedtstraße 16
Hinterhof, Aufgang West
D-22765 Hamburg

Tel.: +49 (0)40 – 22 86 59 19


Lena Blosat (coordination): l.blosat [at] stiftung-do.org
Office hours: Mon. – Tue. 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wed. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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