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Bürgerstiftung Remscheid

Scharffstraße 7-9
Remscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia 42853
Germany

Mission

To support the elderly, education and training, student assistance, arts and culture, the environment, nature and land conservation, international understanding, science and research

Most Meaningful Change

Our foundation promotes cultural education in the schools and intergenerational learning. We helped parents and teachers realize that art and music help to strengthen pupils and make learning easier in classes with diverse students. We also established a fitness area in the municipal park that has become a meeting place for all generations. By bringing young and older people together, two-way giving of knowledge increases. As another example, we installed an Internet cafe for seniors where they receive free lessons in using the Internet and computers. In the afternoon it is also a place for pupils and youngsters. The youngsters often help the seniors when they have computer questions, and the seniors help the pupils when they have problems with their school homework. We are working to involve more businesses in giving money and time for our work, as we invest it all back into our city.

2000 Year Founded
$161,000 Endowment Value
$15,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

110,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationBürgerstiftung Remscheid
Address 1Scharffstraße 7-9
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownRemscheid
State / RegionNorth Rhine-Westphalia
ZIP / Postal Code42853
CountryGermany
ContinentEurope
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone0049- 21 91- 899 49 40
Emailinfo@buergerstiftung-remscheid.de
Websitewww.buergerstiftung-remscheid.de
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Wilfried Milz, Board Member
Primary Contact’s NameKathrin Gilberg
Primary Contact’s Positionchairman (chairwoman)
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2000
Mission StatementTo support the elderly, education and training, student assistance, arts and culture, the environment, nature and land conservation, international understanding, science and research
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced110,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)1
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)9
Total Board Members3
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$50,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$3,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$15,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentNo and do not intend to build one
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$161,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsA little improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a centrally important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentDid not answer
Changes in the economic environmentNo role
Government initiative fundingDid not answer
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodNone
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyNone
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentNot important
Serving donor needsImportant but not central
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityImportant but not central
Building inclusion and trust in the communityImportant but not central
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLittle
EducationFair amount
EnvironmentNot at all
HealthLittle
Human and social servicesFair amount
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentNot at all
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingNot at all
ChildrenFair amount
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingLittle
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernNever
Promote collaboration between granteesOccasionally
Promote understanding of public policyNever
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsRarely
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchNever
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentNever
InternshipsNever
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeGetting worse
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting worse
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting worse
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting worse
Value of community assetsGetting worse
Quality of the environmentNo change
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting worse
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting worse
Networks and links between different parts of the communityNo change
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityDo not work in this sphere
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsA few small achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsDo not work in this sphere
Quality of the environmentDo not work in this sphere
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityA few small achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Networks and links between different parts of the communityA few small achievements
Gender equityA few small achievements
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsNot at all
Informal associations of citizensNot at all
Non-governmental organizationsNot at all
Local governmentNot at all
National governmentN/A
UniversitiesN/A
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersUnhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersUnhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsUnhelpful
Particular foundationUnhelpful
Other organizationUnhelpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doNo
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceNeither important nor unimportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyVery important
More responsive authoritiesNeither important nor unimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsOur foundation promotes cultural education in the schools and intergenerational learning. We helped parents and teachers realize that art and music help to strengthen pupils and make learning easier in classes with diverse students. We also established a fitness area in the municipal park that has become a meeting place for all generations. By bringing young and older people together, two-way giving of knowledge increases. As another example, we installed an Internet cafe for seniors where they receive free lessons in using the Internet and computers. In the afternoon it is also a place for pupils and youngsters. The youngsters often help the seniors when they have computer questions, and the seniors help the pupils when they have problems with their school homework. We are working to involve more businesses in giving money and time for our work, as we invest it all back into our city.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

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