Friends' Association

Creating peace through dialogue between cultures – that is ifa's task and goal. As part of the German Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy, ifa operates as a cultural mediator and competence centre. In order to be able to successfully fulfill its social mission in the future, ifa requires friends and sponsors who contribute to this preservation through their private and entrepreneurial activities. The Friends' Association was founded on 8 November 2006 in order to support ifa in the implementation of his numerous projects.

By becoming a member of the Friends' Association, ifa's commitment to global cultural exchange can be supported and secured.

Board of Directors of ifa's Friends' Assocation


Susanne Weber-Mosdorf, former Deputy Director General World Health Organization


Stephan Brübach, Director of Brand Management + Consortium Format Development Dr. Eckert


Markus Merz, Rector of Merz Akademie Stuttgart

Ex officio member of the Executive Board and Secretary

Gitte Zschoch, Secretary General of ifa


The Benefits of Being a Member of ifa's Friends' Association

Members receive:

  • A free subscription to our magazine KULTURAUSTAUSCH, published four times a year.
  • Access to exclusive events, for example to the presentation of the ifa Award for the Dialogue of Cultures.
  • The current issue of the portrait volume of the respective ifa Awardee.


The annual donation for private individuals is 90 euros. Companies, clubs and organisations are asked to contribute 450 euros. Students and members of the ifa Alumni programme and alumni of similar ifa funding programmes are exempted from these membership fees. These members may choose their contribution amount.

Becoming a Member

Send the completed and signed application form (PDF, in German) 

ifa's Friends' Association
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Phone:  +49.711.2225.0
Fax: +49.711.2264346
E-Mail: foerderverein(at)


The ifa Friends' Association is recognised as a non-profit association. Donations are therefore tax deductible. Donations of up to 200 euros can be claimed by presenting a deposit slip or a bank statement. For donations of 200.01 euros or above, it is necessary to present an official donation receipt which can be requested from the ifa Friends' Association. The Friends' Association is also happy to accept donations from non-members.

Account number: 2479165
Bank code: 600 501 01
IBAN: DE71600501010002479165
Reference Line: Donation

Call for Donations for Cultural Practitioners from Ukraine

Since the 1990s, ifa has forged long-standing and very close ties to people engaged in civil society in Eastern Europe, fom the arts and culture, the media. These networks have existed for decades and share the values of ifa: freedom of speech, artistic freedom, respect for human rights and participation. And we will continute to suppport them.

Financial aid is needed to offer artists from Ukraine a perspective and allow them to continute their work as well as to support cultural exchange projects:

Account Number: 2479165
Bank Code: 600 501 01
IBAN: DE71600501010002479165
Reference Line: Spende Ukraine

Ukraine Initiatives and Projects