iac Berlin promotes cross-foundation cooperation and change-driven alumni work
Networks are both a strategic approach and powerful instrument for positive social change. The iac Berlin was developed as a competence center to support the development of networks in the non-profit field and to serve as an open platform for new forms of cooperation in philanthropy.
The iac Berlin was founded by the Robert Bosch foundation to develop and disseminate an approach to alumni work that encourages and spreads positive social impact.
The term "alumni" includes those people who were, in one way or another, supported by a foundation or other public or non-profit organizations and who still feel connected to these institutions. Alumni are therefore partners of the foundations who once supported them. They continue to contribute to positive societal change after the conclusion of their respective programs.
The iac Berlin acts as a support for the alumni and their activities and provides them with tools, knowledge and available resources.
In an era of dwindling cohesion within society and a renewal of international animosities, we are consciously harnessing the power of cooperation between foundations and building close working relationships with partners from other sectors.
"We regard alumni as partners and cocreators of peaceful, fair, and forward-looking societies. By setting up iac Berlin as an open platform, we want to help former scholarship holders, funding recipients, and foundation employees come together as a global network of people who drive change and shape society", explains Professor Joachim Rogall, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
"I am thrilled that we put the idea into practice so quickly. Another key factor is that many other foundations at home and abroad, some quite sizable, are envious of our outstanding network platform," remarks Chief Executive Officer Uta-Micaela Dürig. "Given his experience of foundations, Joachim Rogall had dreamed of this idea for a long time. Thanks to my professional background as a journalist and communicator, I was also aware of the power of crowdsourcing. So even before I joined the Foundation on July 1, 2015, I dreamed of putting the knowledge and creativity of thousands of alumni to good use in order to tackle new issues and challenges," adds Dürig. "The iac Berlin is now the answer!"