Privacy policy

We respect and protect your privacy, regardless of whether you are a donor, sponsor, an interested party or visitor to our website. This privacy statement lays out in detail what that means for you and your personal data. In particular, we want to ensure that you understand what personal data we collect from you and how we handle it. We also advise you about your rights under the applicable data protection law.

About Us

The Foundation for Family Businesses is a foundation under civil law, pursuing solely non-profit goals. The Foundation for Family Businesses is subject to the legal supervision of the Stuttgart Regional Administrative Council, Ruppmannstraße 21, 70565 Stuttgart.

Applicability of this Privacy Statement

In this privacy statement, the processing of personal data refers to the collection, storage, transmission, use or erasure of such data. This includes data of donors, sponsors, interested parties and other natural persons that are in contact with the Foundation such as visitors to events and representatives and employees of legal entities who are in contact with the Foundation.

When We Collect Data

We collect your personal data when you make contact with us. This may be the case if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or benefactor of the Foundation for Family Businesses or if you register for one of our events. We also collect your personal data when you contact us via email or telephone because you are interested in our work. Where and insofar it is necessary for our work, we also collect personal data from publicly accessible sources.

Personal Data We Collect

The personal data we collect about you include in particular data that may personally identify you such as your first and last name, address, date of birth, email address and telephone number. We also collect sociodemographic data such as marital status. In addition, we store data that you have voluntarily provided us, for example data related to your particular interests and wishes. We only store particularly sensitive data such as an affiliation with a certain religion where this is necessary, for example when we need to consider special dietary requirements.

How We Use Your Data

We process your data to perform our tasks as outlined in our Articles of Association. Furthermore, we offer you numerous benefits such as our newsletter and donor bulletin where we require your data to send these to you. We do not process and analyse any personal data for advertising, marketing or survey purposes. We also refrain from using your data for personalised advertising.

Who Handles Your Data

Our staff at the Foundation for Family Businesses only have access to your data when and insofar as it is necessary for them to carry out their tasks. All our staff are obliged to maintain data confidentiality in accordance with Section 5 of the German Data Protection Act. We transmit data to our service providers only where necessary to implement very limited activities, such as electronically sending regularly issued publications. These service providers are contractually obliged to maintain data confidentiality and have signed a confidentiality statement.
We assure you that we do not sell any data to third parties.

Your Right of Access

You have the right to know what personal data we store about you, where we obtained the data we store, for what purpose we store the data, and with whom we share what data. When you request access to your data, we please ask you to specify the type of personal data you would like to be informed about.

Your Right to Rectification

If you find that your personal data are inaccurate, you have the right to request that we rectify this data. We appreciate any instance of inaccurate data being brought to our attention, and we will promptly rectify any errors.

Your Right to Erasure

If it becomes evident that your personal data was stored improperly, we will promptly erase this data. This also applies to data we no longer need to perform our tasks.

Your Right to Blocking

Where personal data may not be erased due to retention periods prescribed by law, in the Articles of Association or agreed by contract, or where there is a reason to consider that your legitimate interests would be adversely affected by the erasure of the data, or where the erasure of the data is impossible or would involve a disproportionate effort due to the particular method of storage, we will block this data. In the event you have contested the accuracy of data and neither the accuracy nor inaccuracy can be determined, we will also block the data concerned. We would like to advise you that blocked data may only be transmitted or used without your consent when the data are necessary for scientific purposes, to address a situation which lacks evidence, or for other reasons in the overriding interest of the Foundation or a third party, and the data could be transmitted or used for this purpose if they were not blocked.

Your Right to Data Portability

You have the right to receive the personal data which you have provided us in a portable format.

Your Right to Object

You have the right to object to automated processing of your personal data or the processing thereof in non-automated files. The objection must be complied with if it has been verified that your legitimate interest outweighs the interest in the collection, processing or use because of your particular personal circumstance. This does not apply if we are legally obliged to collect, process or use your personal data. Where an objection has been made, we will no longer process your personal data, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or your personal data are used for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims. Please send your objection, in no specific format, to:
Stiftung Familienunternehmen
Prinzregentenstraße 50
80538 Munich

Privacy Statement for the Website

By using our website, you consent to the collection, processing and use of data as described below. Our website can generally be visited without registration. When you visit our website, data such as pages accessed and the name of the requested file, date and time are stored for statistical purposes without the data being directly related to you personally. Personal data, in particular name, address or email address are collected with your consent wherever possible.

Privacy Statement for Cookies

Our website uses cookies, which are small text files that allow specific user-related data to be stored on the user’s device while using the website. Cookies help us to determine in particular the number of visitors and frequency of visits to our website, to analyse website usage behaviour as well as to render our offerings user-friendly. Cookies are stored for longer than one browser session and can be recalled during the next visit to our website. If you do not wish for this to occur, you should adjust your browser to reject cookies.

Privacy Statement for Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google offers a browser plugin available at that allows users to opt out of Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses cookies, which are small text files that allow specific user-related data to be stored on the user’s device. These cookies help Google analyse how users use our website. The information collected by the cookie about the use of our website (including your IP address) will usually be transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the United States. We would like to advise you that on this website Google Analytics has been extended to include the code “gat._anonymizeIp()” to ensure that IP addresses are collected anonymously (this is known as IP masking). If IP masking is enabled, your IP address will be truncated by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other countries which are contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, which is why you cannot be identified personally. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. Google complies with the data protection regulations under the US Safe Harbor agreement and is registered with the Safe Harbor program of the US Department of Commerce. Google uses the collected information for the purpose of evaluating the use of our website, compiling reports on website activity for us and providing further services to us related to our website. You can find further information at

Social media buttons

Our website allows you to use the social media buttons of Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. We use a system called Shariff that prevents these three providers from collecting personal data. Information about you will not be collected until you access a provider’s website. You will find information about the ways that your data is collected and used in social networks in the terms of use for each provider.

You will find more information about Shariff here:

Objection to Data Collection

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be stored on your computer, which will prevent the collection of your data when visiting our website in the future: Click here to disable Google Analytics.

Further details about how your user data are handled by Google Analytics can be found in Google’s privacy policy:

Privacy Statement for Matomo (formerly known as PIWIK)

This website uses Matomo, an open source software for the statistical analysis of visitor access. Matomo uses cookies, which are text files stored on your computer to help analyse how you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is stored on the service provider’s server in Germany. The IP address is anonymised immediately after processing and prior to being stored. You have the option of preventing the installation of cookies by changing the settings in your browser software. However, we would like to point out that if you do so, it may not be possible for you to make use of the full scope of functionality on this website. You may choose not to have a unique web analytics cookie identification number assigned to your computer to avoid the aggregation and analysis of data collected on this website. To make that choice, please click below to receive an opt-out cookie.