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Sustainability Fund

The Auerbach Foundation invests financial resources in its sustainability fund. Thus the Foundation will be able to realize and support social projects, even in times of low interest rates and low earnings.

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Who set up the Auerbach Foundation?

Tjark Auerbach set up the foundation. He is the company founder of Avira with its registered office in Tettnang.

Why did Tjark Auerbach set up the foundation?

Tjark Auerbach wanted to protect the virtual world as well as the real world. With his foundation, he supports projects that help others to help themselves.

What role does Tjark Auerbach assume within the Auerbach Foundation?

Tjark Auerbach advises the foundation on a voluntary basis.

Who can get a promotion by the Auerbach Foundation?

Non profit organizations from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are allowed to make an application for projects in one of these countries.


For die Auerbach Foundation it is not permitted and therefore not possible to do a promotion of individuals.

Who is the Chairman of the Auerbach Foundation?

The Chairman of the Auerbach Foundation is Steffen Heil and Yvonne Auerbach, daughter of the founder.

What is the legal status of the Auerbach Foundation?

The Auerbach Foundation is a foundation with legal capacity under civil law.

What assets does the Auerbach Foundation have?

The foundation capital amounts to 2.1 million euros.

When and where was the Auerbach Foundation set up?

The foundation was set up in Nuernberg on 26 April 2005. The registered office of the foundation is in Nuernberg. The foundation is overseen by the government authorities in Mittelfranken.

Why are the Auerbach Foundation’s premises based in Tettnang?

Due to the close cooperation between the founder and the Chair, the foundation’s premises were set up in Tettnang, near to their place of residence.

How many people does the foundation employ?

Three employees work for the foundation in addition to the founder and Chair.

Where does the Auerbach Foundation's money come from?

The Auerbach Foundation receives 5 euros for every consumer product purchased through Avira online shop. Avira foregoes this revenue and passes it on to the foundation. The foundation also receives money from voluntary benefactors.

Is the Auerbach Foundation a corporate foundation of Avira GmbH?

No, the Auerbach Foundation is not a corporate foundation. It is only connected to Avira through a funding agreement.

What has the Auerbach Foundation’s funding been over the past few years?

You find information about funding been over the past few years here.

How is the Auerbach Foundation audited?

The Auerbach Foundation is audited on an annual basis by the accountancy firm Rödl & Partner GmbH in Nuernberg.

What are the areas in which the Auerbach Foundation offers support?

  • Education and training
  • Child, youth and family aid
  • Charitable and social
  • Old people's aid
  • Handicapped aid
  • Science and research
  • Art and culture
In which countries does the Auerbach Foundation support projects?

The Auerbach Foundation supports projects in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

What are the values and objectives of the Auerbach Foundation?

People are of paramount importance to the Auerbach Foundation. The employees of the foundation maintain personal contact with its project partners and visit the projects locally.
When selecting projects, the Auerbach Foundation ensures that those concerned experience helping others help themselves. Each project is treated equally regardless of the value of funding and the size of the project partner.

The Auerbach Foundation would like to see that the projects that they support continue to exist in the long run. That's why the Auerbach Foundation is interested in its project partners already developing sustainable prospects for the future during the period in which support is still being given.

To what extent does the Auerbach Foundation work together with other foundations?

The Auerbach Foundation maintains a close relationship with other foundations and project partners.

How can you support the Auerbach Foundation?

The Auerbach Foundation is happy to accept your donation.

Sustainability Fund

The Auerbach Foundation invests financial resources in its sustainability fund. Thus the Foundation will be able to realize and support social projects, even in times of low interest rates and low earnings.

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Why are 5 euros paid to the Auerbach Foundation when Avira consumer products are purchased in Avira online shop?

When these products are purchased, the funding agreement between the Auerbach Foundation and Avira takes effect.

Can I also purchase consumer products without the Auerbach Foundation receiving the 5 euros contribution?

Yes, when they are not purchased through Avira online shop e.g. at Media Markt.

Will I receive a donation receipt when purchasing consumer products?

No, you will not receive a donation receipt. The 5 euros are a donation from Avira. Avira foregoes this revenue and passes it on directly to the Auerbach Foundation.

What does the Auerbach Foundation do with the 5 euros?

The 5 euros are invested in support projects and the Auerbach Foundation's own projects. Here you can read about the projects that will benefit from your purchasing decision.

Sustainability Fund

The Auerbach Foundation invests financial resources in its sustainability fund. Thus the Foundation will be able to realize and support social projects, even in times of low interest rates and low earnings.

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What characteristics does a project need to have in order to receive support from the Auerbach Foundation?

The Auerbach Foundation supports new projects as well as existing projects from nonprofitmaking organisations. Completed projects are unable to receive retrospective funding.
The Auerbach Foundation ensures that projects are politically and religiously impartial. The criteria "help others help themselves" and "people to people help" are of paramount importance.

Can I make several applications to the Auerbach Foundation?

Yes, you are welcome to submit several projects to us.

What level of project costs does the Auerbach Foundation support?

The level of support is dependent on the project.

What is the maximum period of time for which the Auerbach Foundation supports projects?

The Auerbach Foundation supports projects for one to a maximum of two years.
A third project year is possible in special cases.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications for the subsequent year must be submitted by 30 June.

Which documents are needed for the application?

Our information sheet on the application process can be found here.

What is the cooperation like between the Auerbach Foundation and its project partners?

The Auerbach Foundation provides its support for the entire period of funding. The employees of the foundation visit the projects partners locally. The Auerbach Foundation attaches great importance to transparent cooperation in its partnership-based exchanges.

Does the Auerbach Foundation support private individuals?

The Auerbach Foundation does not support private individuals at present. Information on other foundations can be found at the Association of German Foundations.

Sustainability Fund

The Auerbach Foundation invests financial resources in its sustainability fund. Thus the Foundation will be able to realize and support social projects, even in times of low interest rates and low earnings.

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What commitments do the project partners have within the projects?

The approved funds are to be appropriated rationally and economically and only for the designated purposes. Claims for aid can only be made for expenditures incurring in the appropriation period and which are necessary to fulfil the purpose. Additional expenditure or a reduction in expenditure should be immediately reported to the Auerbach Foundation.


A prerequisite for the grant is that the project begins not later than three months after the planned start to the project, and overall financing is secured. Approval must be given by the Auerbach Foundation for any delays or projects starting ahead of schedule.

Project status reports should be made regularly and promptly to the Auerbach Foundation. Any basic changes (e.g. change in personnel) should, if possible, be reported in advance.

The project funding by the Auerbach Foundation is limited in time. During the period financed by the Auerbach Foundation, the project partner is obliged to apply for a follow-up funding.

The project partner shall himself be responsible for observing any statutory regulations or official requirements. The project partner shall likewise be exclusively liable for any loss or damage caused to himself or a third party in the execution of the project.

When does the funding receipt have to be sent?

Upon receipt of the funding or partial funding, the project partner shall be obliged to issue the Auerbach Foundation formal confirmation of receipt of the respective funding in line with the official specimen according to § 50 EStDV [German Income Tax Implementing Regulations].

Can funding be re-claimed by the Auerbach Foundation?

The Auerbach Foundation reserves the right to re-claim funding completely or partially if:

  • The funding receipt or proof of use is not submitted.
  • The overall financing of the project and/or the realisation of the sponsored project are jeopardised for other reasons.
  • The funding is completely or partially used for purposes other than intended.
  • The project does not start until more than three months after the planned start to the project.

 

 

What should the interim report contain?

Project report

- Current status of the project
- Experience madeSuccesses, failures and necessary changes
- Planning for the near future (list of applications made to other sponsors)
- Public relations
- Response to the project
- General information on the current project work

 

Project accounting

- List of project expenditures (proof of use)
- List of project income

 

Press reports

- Press reports on the funded projects should be forwarded to the Auerbach Foundation after publication.

What must be presented when the project is completed?

Final report

  • Status of the project upon completion
  • Project development over the entire funded period

 

Project documentation and evaluation

  • Meaningful figures on the project (statistics)
    For instance: number of participants, development of counselling figures

 

Proof of use

  • Salary account or payroll
  • Invoices, slips

 

Final account of the project

  • List of expenditures for the project
  • List of project income
Sustainability Fund

The Auerbach Foundation invests financial resources in its sustainability fund. Thus the Foundation will be able to realize and support social projects, even in times of low interest rates and low earnings.

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How can I donate?

It is possible to donate using the donation form.

As a benefactor, will I receive a donation receipt from the Auerbach Foundation?

Yes, you will receive a donation receipt.

How is my money used?

Your donation is invested in the main focus and the Auerbach Foundation's own projects.

Does the Auerbach Foundation also accept donations in kind?

For donations in kind please contact our project partners directly.

Can endowments be included in the foundation capital?

If you are interested in an endowment, please get in touch with the Auerbach Foundation using the contact form.

Sustainability Fund

The Auerbach Foundation invests financial resources in its sustainability fund. Thus the Foundation will be able to realize and support social projects, even in times of low interest rates and low earnings.

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