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The outbreak of COVID-19 is a dramatic development whose consequences for all of us cannot be foreseen as yet, and which will also affect civil society organizations and NGOs in Germany, Europe and the entire world. We would like to assure you that we wish to be good partners and reliable supporters, as part of our society that must now concentrate on containing the pandemic and combating its effects. In addition, we want to be flexible enough to make any necessary adjustments to the activities we support. We do not wish to exert any additional pressure, and will be adaptable in the support we provide. We will continue to approve grants and remain fully at your disposal for any enquiries.
We wish to inform our partners that all promised grants are secure and will continue to be paid out as agreed during these extraordinary circumstances. In addition, we wish to draw attention to the following:
In the interests of public health, we are taking measures to protect the wellbeing of our employees, partners and visitors, as well as of participants in our events and programmes. Furthermore, we wish to help to slow the spread of this viral disease to the greatest extent possible.
All events at the offices of Stiftung Mercator have now been cancelled, initially until 31 August 2020. We are attempting to make many of our events available in digital form. We will notify you as applicable should this period be extended.
The foundation’s headquarters in Essen are open. This also applies to our Mercator Centre in Berlin. Some of our employees are working from home. We apologize for any inconvenience caused should staff not always be reachable in individual cases.
We have requested that our employees undertake only essential travel, regardless of the destination. We have likewise called upon them to cancel as far as possible all participation in events.
“Wir im Revier” fundraising campaign
We want to help those who urgently require support at the moment. We are taking part in the “Wir im Revier” campaign: take a close look around and let us know who in your neighbourhood or local area is facing hardship as a result of the corona crisis and urgently needs assistance. More information can be found at https://wir-im-revier.de/
The Stiftung Mercator team