About the Foundation

The Heinrich Böll Foundation

Fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through con­flict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power – these are the objectives that drive the ideas and actions of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. We maintain close ties to the German Green Party (Alliance 90/The Greens) and as a think tank for green visions and projects, we are part of an international net­work encompassing well over 100 partner projects in approxi­mately 60 countries.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation works independently and nurtures a spirit of intellectual openness. We maintain a world­ wide network with currently 30 international offices. We co­operate closely with 16 state-level Böll Foundations in each of Germany’s federal states, and we support talented, socio-politi­cally engaged undergraduate and graduate students in Germany and abroad.

We gladly follow Heinrich Böll’s exhortation for citizens to get involved in politics, and we want to inspire others to do the same.


Heinrich Böll Foundation
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin
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Phone: +49 (0)30 - 285 34 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 - 285 34 - 109
Email: info@boell.de

Who we are and what we do. An introduction to our Foundation.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. We work with more than 100 project partners in over 60 countries and currently maintain 32 international offices.

Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll (1917-1985) is one of the most important and best-known writers of the Federal Republic of Germany. "Bound by the times and my contemporaries, to what my generation has lived through, experienced, seen, and heard," as he himself wrote, he was the critical chronicler of Germany’s history at mid-century.


The current Board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation as of November 2017 consists of Ellen Ueberschär and Barbara Unmüßig. CEO of the Heinrich Böll Foundation is Livia Cotta. 

Foreign offices

Opposing the destruction of our ecosystem, pushing for democracy and human rights, promote iqual rights for women. These are only a few objectives of our work in foreign countries. Currently we work with more than 100 partnering projects in over 60 countries and maintain offices in 30 countries.


The Foundation awards several prizes.

Green Academy

The Green Academy, a project launched in January 1999 by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, is an independent forum dedicated to reflecting on contemporary political issues.

Research Archive

The Archiv Grünes Gedächtnis (which translates as 'green memory archive') collects materials relating to the new social movements and to the German Green Party. This includes documents from federal and regional party headquarters, as well as from the European, German, and regional German parliaments. There is also a collection of posters, recordings, and photographs. The archive has a library which is open to the public

TuWas – Foundation for Solidarity

In short, the Green political foundation can talk about alternative energy, but it cannot build a windmill. These are all things that TuWas – Foundation for Solidarity could do.

Friends and supporters of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

The friends and supporters of the Heinrich Böll Foundation support the values and goals of the foundation. They identify with the political and moral views of Heinrich Böll, and thus work to ensure the independence of the foundation and the high quality of its work. Membership contributions go to support human rights activists and smaller artistic and cultural projects quickly and without unnecessary bureaucracy.

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