Who We Are

Who we are:

The Heinrich Böll Foundation

  • is a catalyst for green visions and projects, a
  • think tank for policy reform, and an international network
  • is closely affiliated to the German Green Party
  • promotes the development of democratic civil society at home and abroad
  • defends equal rights and equal opportunities regardless of gender, sexual orientation,
    religion, ethnicity, or nationality
  • supports cultural projects as part of our civic education programmes
  • assists gifted, socially and politically active students and graduates in Germany and abroad
  • co-operates with state foundations in all of the 16 German states
  • is mostly financed through public funds (currently around 45 million euros per year)

The primary objectives guiding our work are

  • establishing democracy and human rights
  • fighting against environmental degradation
  • safeguarding everyone’s rights of social participation
  • supporting non-violent conflict resolution
  • defending the rights of individuals

Our Washington, DC Office

Our Washington, DC office is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides expertise on issues related to our mission. We promote exchanges in our program areas through informational programs, study tours and visitor programs; special events, meetings, workshops and conferences; public seminars and training programs; and monitoring of the work of international organizations.

We are an operational foundation, not a grant-making foundation.


In Berlin, and Around the World

We work with 160 project partners in over 60 countries and currently maintain 29 international offices. About half of our funds are dedicated to projects abroad. Depending on the region and the political situation, our work has a range of thematic priorities, such as

  • globalisation and sustainable development
  • climate and energy policy
  • strengthening civil society
  • gender policy
  • promotion of democracy
  • European policy
  • transatlantic dialogue
  • political consulting
  • arts and culture
  • promoting young talent 
Mission Statement of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

About Us

The Heinrich Boll Foundation is the Washington, DC office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, a political foundation affiliated with, but independent of, the German Green Party. 

As a 501(c)(3) organization, we promote policy reform and political dialogue in our program areas through publications, public seminars, conferences, workshops, study tours and visitor programs. We seek to advance democracy and human rights, protect the environment and climate, and promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts. We also place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and LGBTI communities.

Mission Statement

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Contact us at 202-462-7512 or info[at]us.boell.org for more information.

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