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Wealth For The World

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.

Team

Julian Lindenberg
Board of Directors, Treasurer

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.

Christoph Lindenberg
Board of Directors

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 and GIZ.

Christoph has recently completed the Master's programme "Economics and Public Policy (EPP)" at Sciences Po in Paris.

Juana Heiling
PR / Social Media

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.

Max Schröder
PR / Social Media

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.

Motivation

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.

Code of Conduct

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.

  • 2012 - 2015

  • From the idea to the founding

    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.

  • Foundation

    On the 18th October 2015 WFTW was founded in Berlin.

  • 2016

  • Entry in the Germen register of associations

    WFTW is listed in the register of associations and is thus exempt from corporation tax as an official non-profit organisation.

  • Launch of our webseite gfdw.eu

    Shortly after our foundation, launch of gfdw.eu.

  • 2018 - 2019

  • Collaboration with effective-donating.org

    From now on, WFTW cooperates with effektiv-spenden.org to pass on the return directly to the non-profit partners.

  • Assets exceed €50,000 mark

    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

  • 2019 - heute

  • Relaunch of the WFTW website

    With new blog, extensive FAQs, new texts, as well as detailed information on the development of WFTW assets.

Transparency and annual reports

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.

The annual report is currently only available in German, please contact us for an english 🇬🇧 version.
Information about Wealth For The World according to the requirements of Transparency International Deutschland e.V.
All donation-receipts 🇩🇪 for previous donations to our donation partners can be downloaded here.
The current monthly expenses can be viewed here. The exact annual expenditure, costs and income of Wealth For The World are published in the respective annual report.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at mail@gfdw.eu.
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