The Age of Civil society

Co-founder and CEO of PHINEO Andreas Rickert is an optimist. On the stage of TEDxBerlin, he talks about his vision for civil society and how it can exploit its full potential. In Germany alone, around 600,000 non-profit organizations and 30 million volunteers are committing themselves to solve social issues. Our society would not function without them. They often only become visible when the state reaches its limits. Like 2015, when thousands of refugees arrived in Germany. Our civil society stepped in and has shown enormous strength. The non-profit sector faces many challenges though.


Fostering the Courage to get involved

Once a year, some 1,500 communications and marketing professionals from across Germany meet in Berlin where they spend two days discussing current issues, trends and recent developments in technology. This year’s theme of “Courage” was addressed by the 150 lectures, workshops, discussions and keynote speakers. The courage to make a decision, the courage to advance progress, but also the courage to take a stance – these expressions of courage are more important than ever, also for companies.



Under sunny skies on our roof terrace in the heart of Berlin, PHINEO and United Way hosted a lively gathering of organizations targeting social impact. The two not-for-profit organizations introduced their new partnership to a select group of companies, foundations and representatives from the private sector. United Way’s CEO Brian Gallagher took the opportunity to welcome the guests personally and share details of the organization’s international network. With more than 60,000 corporate partners, United Way can draw upon a large number of successful examples of civic engagement.


Publikationen & Pressematerial

Concept collective-impact funding initiative PDF (930 KB)

Study “Paths to Working Life” PDF (1.3 MB)

Sector report “Jobs Ahead” (PDF, 15 MB)

Checklist „Strategic Corporate Citizenship“ (German – PDF, 1.7 MB)

Guide for impactful Corporate Giving (German – PDF, 3.4 MB)

Guide Corporate Volunteering (German – PDF, 3.7 mb)

Guide for Strategic Corporate Citizenship (German – PDF, 3.7 MB)


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Selina von Schultzendorff
Consulting, Cooperations & Organizational Development
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