To celebrate Hertha BSC’s 110th birthday in 2002, the Hertha BSC Foundation was set up to begin work on specially selected social projects, to care for traditions and to support the Hertha BSC Football Academy. “We want to create something that’s a polar opposite to the commercial side of professional sports. We want to use the power of football and the good name of Hertha BSC for a positive cause, to spread tolerance and integration,” says foundation chairman, Bernd Schiphorst.
The Foundation’s goals
On 26th September 2007, the club’s president at the time, Bernd Schiphorst, made the symbolic first step in the creation of the Hertha BSC Museum. The groundwork was put in place for the opening of museum, which would be co-financed by the club, the Hertha Foundation and patrons from the worlds of sport, media and politics.
The museum has taken shape nicely in the years since. A team of knowledgeable Herthaner, cultural advisors and media experts was assembled to work on the museum’s design. A location was found, underneath the bell tower right outside the Olympiastadion. Visitors flock to the stadium from all over the world on a daily basis (around 300,000 people each year), and the museum would be another attraction for fans and tourists. A visit to the museum is intended to be combined with the stadium tour to learn about the history of the entire place, right from the bell tower to the East Gate.
The museum is actually already open – online at least. On 14th May 2009, Hertha legend Erich 'Ete' Beer and Bernd Schiphorst of the Hertha BSC Foundation opened the Hertha Museum website.
The main task of the Hertha BSC Foundation is to provide sustainable support to the Blue-Whites’ youngsters in the academy. The foundation has committed itself to the goal of scouting and developing young football talent, especially within Berlin and Brandenburg, and to ensure that the passion for street football endures. All donations go towards this end. The club’s own football academy plays an integral role in our ambitions and is housed on the club’s grounds near the Olympiastadion. There is capacity for up to 18 budding young players to get ready for a career in the Bundesliga.
The Hertha Foundation also supports youth players with the development of their character. Educational trips, such as a visit to Auschwitz, can help youngsters to reflect on the past and to learn for the future. Personal development has always been a core principle of education at Hertha due to the influence it has on how our players interact with society.
With the development of our academy, the Hertha BSC Foundation is sending a clear signal and investing in a 'strong future' for the club. "We are making a conscious investment in youth. The young players should be a strong pillar of the club,” says Bernd Schiphorst, chairman of the foundation, underlining the end goal. Young players from Berlin can take advantage of professional preparation for a later career in senior football. With that goal in mind, the foundation is always on the look-out for help from friends and supporters of the club.
The foundation’s advisory board consists of some prominent figures who have already committed to the project: TV presenter Sabine Christiansen, Lala Süßkind of the Jewish Educational Body, bishop and professor Wolfgang Huber, former minister of the interior Otto Schily, professor of history Daniel Koerfer and head banker Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Lange. The Hertha Foundation’s board (Bernd Schiphorst, vice president Thorsten Manske, Michael Preetz and Paul Keuter) can make use of the foundation’s funds, a six-figure yearly sum. Various other well-known Hertha fans such as Bundestag vice president Wolfgang Thierse, TV star Christian Ulmen, former players Erich 'Ete' Beer and Andreas Schmidt have lent their support as well. With their help, the foundation can call on support from a broad range of club members.
Directors & advisory board
Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Lange
(Spokesman for the managing board of National-Bank AG, Essen and board member for the Association of German Banks e.V., Berlin)
(Chairman of the Green party Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Huber
(Former chairman of the German Evangelical Church)
Prof. Dr. Daniel Koerfer
(Professor of modern history at FU Berlin; Business director at the Koerferschen management company, Köln)
Dr. Tonio Kröger
(CEO, antoni GmbH)
(Actress and presenter)
(Mayor of Berlin and senator for economics, energy and operations)
(Former minister of the interior, now retired)
(Former chairwoman of the Berlin Jewish Community)
(Chairman CDU Berlin)
The secret of happiness lies not in possession but in giving. Who makes others happy, will be happy. (André Gide)
We depend on donations to help us do our work successfully! Please support the Hertha BSC Foundation! Donations are used to put in place local projects that are targeted towards children and teenagers. We look forward to your support!
Deutsche Bank Berlin
Account number: 066 66 69
BLZ 100 700 00
IBAN: DE53 1007 0000 0066 6669 00
For questions regarding donations, please contact Theresa Hentschel-Boese.