Privacy policy

The Founders Foundation gGmbH attaches great importance to the protection of personal data. Any web activities of the Bertelsmann Foundation are based on the requirements of the European Union and the recommendations of the GBDe from September 2001. In addition, the Bertelsmann Foundation respects the laws for data protection and data security of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Collecting and processing personal data

Personal data is any information that identifies you such as your name, e-mail address or postal address. Such data will be stored only if you provide it to the Founders Foundation, for example when you order informational materials or if you subscribe to the newsletter.

Usage and passing on of personal data

The Founders Foundation uses your personal data solely for the purposes of technical administration of the website and for other communication with you. Your personal data will not be passed on to third parties or used otherwise by the Founders Foundation. The employees of the Founders Foundation are committed to confidentiality.

Freedom of choice

You are free to decide what information you provide to the Founders Foundation. Subscribers to the newsletter can cancel this communication service at any time on the newsletter page. If you would like to change your personal data (e.g. post code, email or postal address), you can also inform the Founders Foundation directly. To do so, please use our contact form.

Automatically collected information

When you access the Founders Foundation website, general information which is not personally identifiable (such as the internet browser used, number of visits, average length of stay, pages viewed) is collected automatically (without registration). We use this information to improve the attractiveness, content and functionality of our web presence. Further use is not intended, nor is there any transfer of this data.


The Founders Foundation takes precautions to protect your personal data against loss, destruction, falsification, manipulation, and unauthorized access. The data protection laws of the Federal Republic of Germany are thereby of course observed.


Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “Cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and enable analysis of website usage. The information collected by the Cookie about your use of this website is normally transferred to and stored on a Google server in the USA. In the case of IP anonymization activation on this website within the Member States of the European Union or within Members of the European Economic Area, your IP address is truncated by Google beforehand. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. On behalf of the operators of this website, Google uses this information to evaluate how you use the website, in order to compile reports on website activities and in order to render more services related to website and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser for the purpose of Google Analytics is not combined with any other data from Google. You can prevent cookies from being saved by changing the relevant setting in your browser software accordingly. Furthermore, you can prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (inc. your IP address) by Google, as well as the processing of this data by Google by following the link below and downloading and installing the available browser plug-in: For more information, see or (general information about Google Analytics and data protection). Please note that, on our website, Google Analytics has been extended by the code “anonymizeIp ();” to anonymize the IP addresses, with the last eight characters being deleted.

Links to other internet offers

This privacy statement applies to the online presence The webpages of the Founders Foundation also contain links to external web-offers. The Founders Foundation accepts no liability for the content of these externally edited offers. When you leave the Founders Foundation website, we recommend that you carefully read the privacy policy of every website that collects personal data.

Right to information

If you have questions regarding the processing of your personal data, you can contact our data protection officer from our partners the Bertelsmann Foundation:

Bertelsmann Foundation
Data protection
Carl-Bertelsmann-Straße 256
33311 Gütersloh

Upon request, you will be informed in writing in accordance with applicable law, whether your personal data and if so what data is stored by Bertelsmann Stiftung through the web technology used.

Notification of changes

Should this Privacy Policy be amended, the changes will be indicated in this policy, on the homepage and in other appropriate locations.