The Bertelsmann Foundation is dedicated to developing ideas and solutions for societal problems and promoting societal reform.
Education : to contribute to improving the quality of the educational system (the holistic understanding of education, a performance-based approach in our educational institutions, and the integration of immigrants).
Health : to foster the notion of prevention in the healthcare system.
Culture : to initiate creativity, preserve cultural diversity and build bridges of understanding through cultural exchange.
Two main focuses:
*International Singing Contest, "New Voices": seek out, select and provide artistic support for young opera singers.
Type of support: prizes, issued on competitions (for more information, www.neue-stimmen.de)
*Forums for Culture: initiate an understanding of urgent cultural challenges in business, politics and society, recognise cultural diversity and promote the exchange between the world’s cultures.
Democracy & Civil Society : to promote the ingraining of democratic values into society and opens the door to direct citizen involvement.
Economic & Social Affairs : to refine the social market economy, aim to enable stable growth in employment and increase the social responsibility assumed by businesses.
International Relations : to promote models and encourages proposals for interstate and international governmental action.
Type of supports:
« Carl Bertelsmann Prize » : to recognize innovative solutions to societal problems.
Type of support: donation of 150,000 euro.