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Privacy policy

We are delighted that you are visiting the web pages of the European Community Foundation Initiative and thank you for your interest in our project. The protection of your personal data is very important to us. When using our website and services, your personal data will be collected, processed and stored. Your data is protected based on statutory regulations. Please find more information on what kind of data is collected and how it is used below.

1. Subject of data protection

The subject of data protection is personal data. According to Section 3 Subsection 1 of the German Data Protection Act (BDSG, Bundesdatenschutzgesetz), personal data refers to specific data about the personal or material circumstances of a specific or specifiable natural person. It includes, for instance, information such as your name, postal address, email address or telephone number as well as user data such as your IP address if necessary.

2. Collection and processing of data

The Association of German Foundation collects, processes and stores information provided when visiting our website and using our services (e.g. name, address, telephone number, participation in surveys, publications ordered, registration for an event or signing up for our newsletter).
When visiting our website, the device you use to open the page automatically transfers log data (communication data) to our server. This happens when you log on. Log data contains, for instance, the IP address of the device with which you have accessed the website. We save your IP address only to the extent necessary to manage the Foundation Panel (StiftungsPanel) and document and prevent misuse. IP addresses will be deleted within a reasonable period.

3. Use and disclosure of personal data

If you commission us to provide a service or send publications, we will use your personal details without express permission only to the extent necessary to provide such service or perform such contract. This includes in particular the disclosure of your personal data to shipping companies, credit institutions or other service providers engaged to provide such a service or fulfil the contract. After completion of the contract your personal data will be blocked for further use and deleted after expiry of the legal fiscal and commercial regulations applicable if you have not expressly agreed to any other further use of the data.

The Association of German Foundations discloses data to authorities and third parties only in accordance with legal regulations or a legal title. Information may be disclosed to authorities to meet security needs or for law enforcement purposes. Third parties will receive information only if a legal regulation so requires. Stored personal information will be deleted once you revoke your consent to store your data, if knowledge of it is no longer necessary to fulfil the purpose for which it has been stored, or if storage is not permitted for any other legal reasons.

a) Newsletter

If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter, in addition to your email address we will require a confirmation that you are the owner of the email address provided and that you agree to receive the newsletter. This information must be provided only for us to be able to send you the newsletter and to document our right to do so. The information will not be disclosed to any third party. You may revoke your subscription to our newsletter and your consent to store your email address at any time.

b) Online questionnaire

Data submitted to us via the online questionnaire will be saved and processed in our database of German foundations. Such data will be used by the Association of German Foundations for communication purposes as well as to prepare statistics and analyses and – if you release such information – for publication in the list of German foundations.

4. Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”) for the statistical evaluation of visitor access. Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files stored on your computer that facilitate the analysis of website use.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transferred to and stored on a server of the provider in the United States of America. If you activate the anonymization mode, Google will shorten your IP-address within the borders of the European Union or other member states of the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP-address be transferred to Google’s server in the USA and be shortened there. By order of the provider of this website, Google will use this information to analyze your use of the website, to compile reports on website use and to provide further services linked to the use of this website and the Internet to the provider of this website. The IP-address transmitted by your browser will not be merged with other Google data.

You can prevent the installation of cookies through this website by clicking on the following link and install an opt-out-cookie in your browser. However, we would like to inform you that in such a case you might not be able to use all functions of this website to the full extent.
Deactivate Google Analytics

Furthermore, you can avoid that Google collects and processes the data generated during your use of this website by installing the following plugin for your browser:

5. YouTube

Our website contains plug-ins from, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). When you call up a page on our website that has such a plug-in, a connection to the YouTube servers is established, a message is sent to your browser and the plug-in appears on the website. In this way information about which of our web pages you have visited is transmitted to the YouTube server. If you are logged in as a YouTube member, YouTube allocates this information to your personal user data on this platform. When using these plug-ins – e.g. by clicking on the start button of a video or submitting a comment – this information is allocated to your YouTube or other user account, which can only be prevented by logging out before using the plug-in. More information on the collection and use of the data by the platform or plug-ins is available in the privacy notice of YouTube at the following link:
We use embedded YouTube videos in the expanded data protection mode. This means: YouTube does not store cookies for a user who displays a website with an embedded YouTube video player but does not click on the video in order to start playing it.

6. Use of cookies

We use cookies on different pages in order to make our website more attractive, to improve our services and to facilitate the use of certain functions. Cookies are identifiers that our server sends to the device with which you access our website or services. We use permanent and so-called session cookies. You can set your browser so that it informs you before setting cookies or blocks cookies from being saved. As a result you might not be able to use certain functions.

7. Right to information

You have the right to demand information about any identifying data stored, including the origin and recipient of your personal data as well as the purpose for which it is processed. Please send your request in writing or by email to one of our address given below. This privacy policy shall only apply to content on our servers and does not pertain to web pages linked on our site.

8. About us

Responsible for the website and any user data collected through this website:

Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen e. V.
Haus Deutscher Stiftungen
Mauerstraße 93 | 10117 Berlin | Germany

If you have any questions concerning this privacy policy, please contact us or our data protection officer directly by post or email.