1. In accordance with the legal basis, the foundation exclusively and directly pursues charitable purposes within the meaning of the section “Tax-advantaged purposes” of the Fiscal Code of Germany (Abgabenordnung, AO). 

2. The purpose of the foundation is to promote excellence in teaching and research at the University of Mannheim, in particular to increase the appeal of the university for international students and academics, support digital competence and to provide answers to future challenges. 

3. The funds available shall be used for the purposes of the foundation only. The foundation’s work is carried out using the foundation's assets as well as financial contributions from third parties, provided that these are intended for this purpose and are not subject to any terms or conditions. 

4. We use the funds wisely and effectively in accordance with the self-commitment (Selbstverpflichtung).

5. Investments are made in compliance with our investment policy aiming at the preservation or growth of real value.

6. We act in a non-political and non-denominational manner. 

7. We take on societal challenges.  

8. We inform the public on our goals, funding instruments and the use of funds.

9. We value and maintain the cooperation with our donors and supporters.

10. We develop and implement a set of criteria for evaluation.


Transparency is important to us. For us, this means not only disclosing the legally required information, but also being transparent about how we use our funds in order to provide you, as a potential or already active donor, with information about the purposeful, proper and economical use of funds. 

We are committed to making the following information available to the public and keeping it up to date:

Upon the initiative of “Transparency International Deutschland e.V.”, several academics and civil society actors have defined ten fundamental points that every civil society organization should make available to the public. The University of Mannheim Foundation is a member of the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft and is happy to voluntarily comply with its self-commitment (Selbstverpflichtung): Ten points for more transparency

Code of ethics

As the University of Mannheim Foundation and as contributors to a sustainable and livable society, we have a special obligation to responsibly represent the values and standards of the University of Mannheim to the best of our knowledge and belief. Therefore, we act in accordance with our code of ethics. Read more

The University of Mannheim Foundation is also a member of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.

Data protection

When visiting our web pages, the privacy policy of the University of Mannheim generally is in force.

We process personal data when you contact us by letter, fax, e-mail or telephone; when you visit our website; when you register for an event; when you visit us or subscribe to our newsletter; when you submit a job application or an offer.

When you communicate with us by email, data must be collected. This data is usually the e-mail address and the IP address of the sending party, as well as the content of the e-mail and any attachments, which may contain personal data.

The legal basis for this is your consent according to Article 6(1a) DSGVO (Datenschutz-Grundverordnung/General Data Protection Regulation) or the purposes of contractual performance according to Article 6(1b) DSGVO. If you have registered for one or more newsletters, the data processing is based on your consent under Article 6(1a) DSGVO.

We process this data in order to communicate with you, as a fundraising institution to be able to offer you a donation project tailored to your needs, to process your orders of information, to provide you with a donation certificate, to invite you to events, to hold and settle events, to send you our newsletter, to process your application or your inquiry.

We have commissioned companies that process personal data on our behalf for the purpose of providing the address database, the mailing of newsletters, the administration of web seminars and accounting. We have agreed with these companies as part of data processing agreements that your data will be processed and stored securely on our behalf and in accordance with the legal requirements.

Irrespective of this, you have the following rights as a person affected by the data processing (Chapter 3 of the DSGVO, “Data subject rights”):

  • The right to information: You may request information about which of your personal data we store.
  • The right of rectification: If you believe that we are storing personal data about you that is incorrect, you may request a correction.
  • The right of deletion and restriction of processing: Under certain conditions, you may request that we delete your personal data or restrict the processing.
  • The right of objection: You have the right to object to the processing of your data on grounds relating to your particular situation; and we will cease processing unless other legislations require us to process it.
  • The right of data portability: You have the right to request that we transfer personal data that you have provided us with to another responsible party, or that we transfer this data to you in a commonly used, machine-readable format.

(Status: February 2022)