Together Transparently for Nature

Ever since Wilderness International was founded, transparency was a priority for us. Our unique structure calls for a high level of transparency: 25 founding donors, the board with three members in the organization’s management, as well as our employees and most of all volunteers, and everything supervised by our 8-member council.

In her master’s thesis "Responsible Management in Foundations – Derivation of a Recommendation for Implementation using the example of Wilderness International", president of board Ellen Weiland thoroughly analyzed transparency and, with 40 interviews, conducted a broad stakeholder dialogue. Subsequently, we decided to join the “Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft“ (Initiative for a Transparent Civil Community) and post regular reports about the work of Wilderness International. This choice represents the broad consensus of all panel members, employees, volunteers, founding donors, supporters and partners of Wilderness International.

We are aware that as a charitable organization we owe it to everyone involved to use our financial means responsibly, such that they guarantee the maximum possible achievements in our projects. A big part of our work is completed by our many volunteers. Since the founding of Wilderness International in April 2008, we have thus never exceeded the quota of a 10% administration cost. Our biggest expenditures are the purchase of wilderness areas as well as wide regional and international programs for environmental education.

This book published in 2016 showcases a more profound insight into our work: „Wildnis hautnah“

On top of joining the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft, Wilderness International is going to sign the International Non-Governmental Organisations Accountability Charter in 2017. In doing so, Wilderness International is committing to high Standards of transparency, accountability and effectiveness for international NGOs. An annual statement of accounts will do justice to that.

In Germany, there are no universal obligations for publications in the non-profit sector. Nonetheless, we consider it important for charitable organizations to disclose their structures, activities and finances in a transparent administration. Thus, we joined the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft and signed Transparency International e.V.’s 10-point commitment to disclose our activities.

By joining the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft, Wilderness International commits to publish reports about the activities of the organization, the source of their financial means and use thereof, as well as the names of decision makers on their website. Wilderness International has joined the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft.

10 Points for the Public

Following the initiative of Transparency Deutschland e.V., numerous stakeholders of the civil and scientific community defined ten basic points of information that every civic organization should make accessible to the public. Among those are the organization’s statute, the name of crucial decision makers and structure of staff as well as the source of financial means and use thereof.

How to Join

Those who join the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft commit to making this information easily accessible on their website. All charitable organizations, no matter what their legal structure, size or area of activity, can participate. Our guideline helps you to gather the necessary information.

Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft

1. Name, Location, Address and year founded

Name: Stiftung Wilderness International
Location: Dresden
Address: Tolkewitzer Str. 32, 01277 Dresden
Year founded: 2008

2. Complete statute as well as mission and goals

Mission and Goals:

3. Information about Tax Concession

Certificate of Finanzamt Dresden I StNr 201/143/03721 K6 from 15.05.2013, acknowledging a charitable purpose. We hereby confirm that contributions are used solely for the promotion of environmental and natural conservation, animal protection, education, science and research, intercultural understanding and development aid.

4. Name und Role of Essential Decision Makers

The council is composed as follows:
Vera Philipps (president), Dr. Steffen Kolschmann (vice president), Marit Richter, Sandra Zügge, Sissel Hammerstrom, Tom Andersch, Thomas Kimmel, Stephan Hürten

The foundation’s board is composed as follows:
Kai Andersch (chairperson), Jürgen Thiele (financial chief officer), Hans Dierstein

5. Report of Activities:

Report of Activities 2014
Report of Activities 2015

6. Structure of Staff

6 full-time employees, ca. 25 volunteers
Kai Andersch: chairperson of board
Jürgen Thiele: financial chief officer
Hannes Holtermann: Head of Operations
Brigitte Heyduck: Management environmental projects
Dr. Kristin Mundt: PR and communication
Henriette Wessel: Western Arctic Project Coordinator
Tobias Hürten: Project Management Team Challenge/Walk for the Wild
Lina Skarabis: PR, management of administration

7. Source of Financial Means

Our Balance of Accounts and Profit and Loss Statement

8. Use of Financial Means

Unsere Balance of Accounts and Profit and Loss Statement are put together by WSR Cintinus Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH

9. Connection to third parties under company law

Wilderness International is neither affiliated with any organization nor connected to third parties under company law in any way.
The foundation works in close cooperation with the sister organization Wilderness International (Canada), a Canadian NGO located in Stony Plain near Edmonton, Canada. Ellen Weiland and Kai Andersch from Wilderness International Germany are at the same time directors at Wilderness International (Canada), representing the German organization’s interests.

10. Names of legal persons whose payments represent more than 10% of the overall annual budget

Since 2015, DIAMIR Erlebnisreisen takes responsibility for the nature consumption of its travels, contributing to the overall annual budget with more than 10% in both 2015 and 2016. There were no other legal persons with a contribution of more than 10% in 2015 or 2016.