About us

Information about the DSZ – International Giving Foundation.

We overcome bureaucratic hurdles

More and more private persons and companies are taking on commitments in coalescent Europe and across the world. But well-intended help frequently fails to overcome bureaucratic hurdles. For example, German tax legislature denies donation deductions to organisations outside of Europe. Donations are theoretically deductible within the EU but in reality, this can generally only be achieved with excessive expenditures for donor and recipient.

International donations

The DSZ – International Giving Foundation is recognised as a tax-privileged organisation. It pursues all purposes recognised in Germany as charitable and benevolent. The DSZ – International Giving Foundation supports the international project specified by the donor and takes care of the complete administrative process. The donor receives a donation receipt valid by German law.

This offer is not only for donors who are looking to support an organisation abroad or for alumni of foreign universities but also for non-profit organisations not registered in German who are looking to collect donations in Germany.

The Donors’ Association

The DSZ – International Giving Foundation was founded by the Donors’ Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany. The Donors’ Association was established as joint initiative of the German economy in 1920 and advocates sustainable improvement of education, science and research in Germany. It is simultaneously sponsor of the donation system and trustee of charitable foundations. The Deutsches Stiftungszentrum (German Foundation Centre)
is the service centre of the Donors’ Association for benefactors and foundations.


Foundation committee

RA Dr. Stefan Stolte

Photo: Sven Lorenz

Executive Board

Lawyer Prof. Dr. Stefan Stolte is a member of the Executive Board of the German Foundation Center, where he heads the “Foundation Management” division.

Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel

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Foundation Council

Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel is Secretary General and Chairman of the Executive Board of the Stifterverband.

Matthias Schmolz

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Council of Foundations

Matthias Schmolz is chairman of the management board of the German Foundation Center. At the same time, he is managing director and commercial director of the Stifterverband.

Martin Buchinger

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Martin Buchinger is Head of Staff for International Affairs at the German Foundation Center and Managing Director of the DSZ – International Giving Foundation


Our project partners

Project support worldwide

Together with you, we have donated more than five million Euro to date.

Global network

Our network spans across numerous countries.

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million annual donations