We are a non-profit organization based in Germany that builds assets for people with little opportunity to do so themselves due to extreme poverty.
We collect donations, that are then invested in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) tracking the global stock market. The annual return is donated to non-profit organizations that fight extreme poverty.
After studying business administration with a focus on finance at the University of Bayreuth and several internships in fund management, Julian travelled the world for two years. In 2014 he founded a start-up - Paulbergman GmbH - and in 2016 Wealth For The World.
Julian lives in Berlin and works as a managing director at Paulbergman GmbH.E-Mail Linkedin
Christoph volunteered as an assistant teacher and soccor coach in Uganda before studying political science in the Netherlands, Russia, and Münster, Germany. He interned at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KfW Development Bank. Christoph has recently completed the Master programme "Economics and Public Policy (EPP)" at Sciences Po in Paris and now works as a junior consultant for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the field of sustainable finance.E-Mail Linkedin
After graduating from high school in 2017, Juana lived in Sydney for half a year as an au pair and then travelled around Australia for another 6 months. In 2018, she began studying business chemistry at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Juana is part of our team since early 2021.E-Mail
After graduating from high school in 2016 and a voluntary social year in historic preservation, Max went backpacking in Australia for a year. In 2018, he began studying architecture at RWTH Aachen University and worked as a student trainee for architecture firms in Maastricht and Düsseldorf. Max has joined Wealth For The World in January 2021.E-Mail
Leonard lived in France for a year as an au pair after graduating from high school. He then studied Liberal Arts & Sciences in Maastricht and London and earned a Master’s degree in Economics and Public Policy at Sciences Po Paris. He gained professional experience at the Global Policy Forum, the OECD and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), among others. Leonard has been supporting WealthfortheWorld on a voluntary basis since October 2021.E-Mail Linkedin
A smartphone application and a small monthly investment are all you need to profit from the long-term upward trend of the stock markets via index funds (also ETFs).
Democratizing saving and allowing people in the developed world to build wealth is a good thing. However, for most people in the world this is simply not possible. Far more than 700 million people living on less than $1.90 a day have neither access to financial markets nor the opportunity to save and build assets.
To address this, we founded Wealth For The World (Geld für die Welt e.V.) in 2016. As a non-profit organisation we build assets for people who have little to none opportunity to do so. To do this, we raise funds and invest them via ETFs in a way that the performance of these assets passively follows the trends of global markets.
Every year, we donate 70% of the return to non-profit organisations that fight extreme poverty. 30% of the return remain invested. Due to the compound interest effect, just a few years, we will effectively be able to give more money to charitable organisations than we recieved in donations in the first place. The only premise: long-term growth of the global economy.
We do not make any active investment decisions. The return on WFTW's assets passively follows the performance of the global stock market.
We exclusively donate to non-profit organizations that comprehensively disclose information on their activities, including the use of funds. Our partners need to be able to show a track record of outstanding effectiveness based on rigorous scientific analysis.
Our work is 100% transparent. Via our website and our annual reports, we disclose, among other things, all income and expenses, the composition of assets and the associated annual donations.
Julian intensively explores the idea of passive investment while working for an asset manager. At the same time, Christoph dives into the world of development cooperation in Uganda.
In the same year, the two of them jointly develop the idea for WFTW. The idea of a non-profit index fund based on a consistent, rule-based system is born. In the following year, the project takes shape.
On the 18th October 2015 WFTW was founded in Berlin.
WFTW is listed in the register of associations and is thus exempt from corporation tax as an official non-profit organisation.
Shortly after our foundation, launch of gfdw.eu.
From now on, WFTW cooperates with effektiv-spenden.org to pass on the return directly to the non-profit partners.
At the end of 2019, the fund reaches a volume of over 54,637€ for the first time. Return measurement and donation forwarding will be further standardised and thus more transparent
With new blog, extensive FAQs, new texts, as well as detailed information on the development of WFTW assets.
From now on, we will report regularly via newsletter and Instagram in order to reach a broad public.
WealtForTheWorld meets the requirements of the Transparency International Deutschland e.V.
At the end of 2021 WFTW assets exceed the €100,000 mark for the first time. We have donated more than €20.000 to our non profit partners.
We publish a detailed annual report on our work in which, among other things, costs and expenses are listed in detail.
The German Tax Office regularly audits compliance with the charitable objectives laid down in our Articles of Association.