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Stiftung Mercator GmbH, Essen, and Stiftung Mercator Schweiz, Zurich, were founded by the Schmidt family, which has donated a substantial amount of its own assets to the foundation.

In 2016, Stiftung Mercator approved some 63 million euros in funding for a total of 134 projects. Since beginning its activities, the foundation has made approximately 527 million euros worth of grants available to 1.284 projects.

The assets of Stiftung Mercator GmbH, Essen, currently amount to 115,046,363 euros (as of 31.12.2016). Besides its joint capital, Stiftung Mercator GmbH has assets at its disposal provided by the founding Schmidt family for the non-profit fulfillment of its duties, thereby guaranteeing the availability of funds for strategic development and for the non-profit activities based thereon. In terms of financial planning, this corresponds to the situation of foundations which fund their activities out of their own assets.

Here you will additionally find the financial information from our 2016 Annual Report which provides the statistics for our grant allocations and payments over the past five years, as well as our annual financial statement.

A database containing all grant allocations since the beginning of 2008 can be found here.