Bürgerstiftung Gütersloh – Benefactors' Tower

Bürgerstiftung Gütersloh – Benefactors' Tower

Twenty years after its inception Gűtersloh’s citizen foundation celebrated its donors with an unusual gesture – the benefactorsÆ tower.

Not for the burghers of this Westphalian town, the traditional plaque with the sponsors’ names neatly chiseled into stone – a memorial that diminishes with every new inscription.

Instead, individually crafted wooden elements with the benefactors’ names are being stacked to form a layered tower that grows with every new donation.

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Bürgerstiftung Gütersloh

In 2016 Gűtersloher Bürgerstiftung – the German town’s citizen foundation – celebrated its twentieth anniversary. The foundation is dedicated to welfare of the town’s citizens and was the first of its kind in Germany.

On the basis of the early foundation of Bertelsmann’s Reinhard Mohn, Bürgerstiftung Gütersloh has developed into one of the top ten citizen foundations in the country.

The fund of the Bürgerstiftung and its trusts is used to initiate and support projects in the education, health and cultural sectors and amounts today to more than ten million euros.