Who we are and what we want

The Heinrich Böll Foundation stands for green ideas and projects, is a reform policy workshop for the future and an international network. We work with more than one hundred partner projects in 60 countries and currently have offices in 32 countries.

Heinrich Böll

The Heinrich Böll Foundation, headquartered in Berlin-Mitte, opposite the Deutsches Theater, is a political foundation close to the party Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen.

The foundation sees itself as an agency for green ideas and projects, as a reform policy future workshop and international network with partner projects in around 60 countries. It cooperates with 16 regional foundations in all federal states.

Heinrich Böll's encouragement of civil society interference in politics is a model for the work of the foundation. Its primary task is political education in Germany and abroad to promote the democratic will, the socio-political commitment and international understanding. It is guided by the basic political values of ecology, democracy, solidarity, and nonviolence. The foundation is particularly interested in the realization of a democratic immigration society as well as gender democracy as a relationship of the sexes that is free of dependence and domination.

In addition, the foundation promotes art and culture as an element of its political educational work and as an expression of social self-understanding. Currently, the study program of the Heinrich Böll Foundation supports about 1.200 students and doctoral candidates with scholarships. The general meeting, consisting of 49 persons, is the supreme decision-making body and chooses a. o. the board.

Presently, the full-time executive board is formed by Barbara Unmüßig and Dr. Ellen Ueberschar. The management is held by Steffen Heizmann. The statutes provide for a quotation for women and migrants for the Foundation's bodies and the full-time positions.

The Foundation currently has offices in Belgium, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Greece, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Serbia, Israel, Lebanon, the Arab Middle East, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Thailand. Myanmar, Cambodia, India, China, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, and the USA. At present, the foundation has around € 62 million a year available from public funds.