Good Practice

It is an important concern of the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe to present its current focus of activity, mission and finances in a transparent way. According to the voluntary obligation developed by Transparency International Deutschland e.V. with the initiative “Transparente Zivilgesellschaft”, we want to provide the following information for the public:

1. Name, Legal Domicile, Address

The non-partisan Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe was founded in 1971 by Pauline Schwarzkopf  in Hamburg, where the legal domicile is still located.

The office and its tax and legal basis are located in Berlin since 2000:

Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe
Sophienstr. 28 – 29
10178 Berlin
Telephone: 0049 – 30 – 7262 195 – 0
Fax: 0049 – 30 – 7262 195 – 19
Executive Director: PhDr Tomáš Sacher

2. Our Aims

The main goal of the Schwarzkopf Foundation is the support of the development of young people to politically aware and responsible individuals with the objective of strengthening the European idea, the European understanding and the combat against right-wing extremism, racism and anti-Semitism.

We offer young people from Europe opportunities for encounters, knowledge exchange and active participation. We advise, qualify and support young Europeans in dealing with democracy and participation in the context of pluralism and difference. We strengthen young and marginalised voices in European societies and draw attention to the interests and challenges of European youth.

To achieve these goals, the Foundation works with different programme lines:

  • The youth-led network European Youth Parliament brings together young people from all over Europe to exchange ideas among themselves and with experts and decision-makers on the pressing issues of our time.
  • The dialogue and empowerment platform Young Islam Conference promotes dialogue between young people from different backgrounds, takes up issues of our migration society and sets new impulses in the social debate around Islam and Muslims.
  • The peer education network Understanding Europe brings European issues and debates into the classroom.
  • With our prizes, educational programmes & travel grants, we support young people to explore Europe and work for an inclusive, pluralistic Europe and against anti-Semitism and all forms of racism. These include the Young European of the Year, the Schwarzkopf Europe Award, the Margot Friedländer Award, the Young Ambassadors Against Antisemitism and the Postmigrant Europe education programme.
  • Within the framework of the competence network Living Together in a Migration Society, we are committed to promoting the political participation and representation of young people, regardless of their origin. To this end, we offer counselling, training and dialogue in the context of pluralism and difference for educators, multipliers and volunteers from the field of child and youth welfare.
  • In addition, we organise discussion events where we bring young people into conversation with decision-makers, activists, contemporary witnesses and experts on topics related to an inclusive, pluralistic European society.

The long-standing successful cooperation with the Inge Deutschkron Foundation completes the thematic focus on combatting right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and racism. Both Foundations have committed their work for years to enhancing the knowledge of pupils and students about the horrors of National Socialism through talks, readings, and film screenings, and combating the rise of extreme right-wing tendencies in Germany and Europe.

The Schwarzkopf Foundation was accepted as an educational institution by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

3. Proof of non-profit status

The Schwarzkopf Foundation is an independent Foundation by civil law. The tax office of Berlin recognized the Schwarzkopf Foundation as a non-profit association. Here, you can find the corresponding most recent and former certificate.

4. Decision-makers

The name and function of important decision-makers are provided in the overview of the board members (currently led by Esra Kücük) and the team (currently led by Tomáš Sacher).

5. Activity Report

We view our online presence as a continuously updated representation of our current projects. Here, you can find our current activity report with a more detailed description of our activities. An overview of our activities can also be found in our image-brochure.

6. Personnel structure

The Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe currently employs 39 permanent employees, 19 of whom work full time. In addition, the foundation works with 9 student assistants, 4 volunteers and one trainee. The European Youth Parliament network is supported by a broad base of volunteers – about 3.500 young citizens in 40 European countries. The foundation is also supported by temporary and honorary staff (as of October 2021).

7./8. Sources and Application of Funds

Our annual financial report 2021 gives an overview of the sources and application of our funds by means of the balance sheets and win and loss accounts for the period of 01.01.2021 bis 31.12.2021. You can find the current annual account here. The development of the past year can be read in the past reports for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

9. Association

Since 2004 the Schwarzkopf Foundation operates as the international umbrella organisation of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) which is also its biggest project. In close cooperation with the national associations of the EYP, the Schwarzkopf Foundation supports young people and their personal development.

You can find an overview of partners for common projects here.

10. Funding

The Schwarzkopf Foundation sources most of its means through project money. The following partners contributed each more than 10 per cent to our annual project funding in 2021:

  • Funding from the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior citizens, Women and Youth as part of the “Demokratie Leben” project in the Seminar Programme
  • Funding by the Berlin Senate Chancellery for the project office of the “European Capital of Volunteering 2021”
  • Funding from the European Union in the framework of an “Operating Grant” within the European Commission’s funding scheme “Europe for Citizens” as well as project funding by the European Parliament and within the funding programme Erasmus+
  • Funding from Stiftung Mercator for projects of the European Youth Parliament, the Young Islam Conference and Understanding Europe