About the Project
Associations are the most important type of organization for volunteer work. Close to one in two persons in Germany is a member of an association. The number of dedicated members who act as association leaders, however, is declining steadily. Many associations are finding it increasingly difficult to fill volunteer board positions when they become vacant. This is often due to the image of board work as boring and old-fashioned, but it is also because of many associations’ lack of openness toward fresh ideas from the outside and more contemporary organizational structures. To response to this challenge, the Robert Bosch Stiftung worked on these challenges between 2011 and 2013 in a model program entitled “Civic Engagement Requires Leadership,” which it carried out in cooperation with the Bavarian state network for civic involvement (LBE) and in collaboration with three volunteer agencies in Bremen, Halle (Saale), and Mülheim (Ruhr).