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

Solicitor Erich Steinsdörfer

Member of the board

Member of the board

Solicitor Erich Steinsdörfer is Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Board German Foundation Centre-

Solicitor Dr. Stefan Stolte

Member of the board

Member of the board

Solicitor Stefan Stolte is a member of the management of the German Foundation Centre and is responsible for the area "Foundation Management".

Solicitor Prof. Dr. Andreas Schlüter

Member of the board

Member of the board

Solicitor Prof. Dr. Andreas Schlüter is Secretary General at the Donors' Association.

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.


years of experience


million annual donations




DSZ – International Giving Foundation
Widenmayerstraße 10
80538 München
+49 89 330 29 16-17
+49 89 28 37 74

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