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Foundation Städelschule for young artists

The Städelschule, a state academy of fine arts, and the Städel Museum both date back to a founding bequest 200 years ago by Johann Friedrich Städel, who envisaged the academy and the museum as one entity. The Städel Museum, with its unique collection of art treasures, now receives strong financial support from the members of the Städel Museum Association. In the light of the difficult situation of public finances at present, the Städelschule is also dependent on the involvement of both individuals and businesses.

The Städelschule is the smallest but also the most international of the German art academies. Its renown is demonstrated not only by the distinguished artists and art historians who teach here, but also by the international nature of the school: well over 60% of students come from abroad. At the same time, the large number of alumni now working as internationally-acclaimed artists enhances the outstanding reputation of the academy.

Purpose of the Foundation

The purpose of the Städelschule Foundation for Young Artists, which was set up in 1989, is to provide scholarships, facilitate art projects and finance the acquisition of resources for the academy (for example printing facilities, technology for digital photography and computers). The long-term aim of the Foundation is to endow a professorial chair.

In difficult economic times, the involvement of benefactors is more important than ever. Investment in education, art and culture is an investment in the future of our society.

The Städelschule Foundation for Young Artists offers patrons and benefactors the opportunity to support students at the Städelschule in their education and their artistic projects by increasing the Foundation's endowment or by offering direct assistance. Supporters enable the academy to develop; they provide the students with incentives, better facilities and wider educational opportunities.

Tax benefits

Foundations benefit from a privileged tax status. This beneficial tax treatment also applies to donors. The following treatment applies to all donations to the Städelschule Foundation for Young Artists if the donor is tax resident in Germany:

  • Individuals and businesses can deduct for tax purposes a gift of up to 20% of their total income for the year.
  • Businesses can, instead of deducting up to 20% of their revenue for the year, deduct up to 0.04% of the total sum of their turnover and salary costs as a special expense.
  • If a donor establishes a dependent foundation under the umbrella of the Städelschule

Foundation for Young Artists, the donor can claim a deduction of up to 1 million Euros (or 2 million Euros for jointly-taxed spouses) over any 10 year period. The same applies for additional endowments given to an existing foundation.

Special rules applying if the taxable income consists mainly of income which has been taxed at source (Abgeltungsteuer).

Become a benefactor!

It is not necessary to be very wealthy to support the Städelschule. Even small gifts can have a lasting and visible impact. Donations to the academy can be made by way of gifts of money or assets.

You could support the Städelschule with a donation which would be used directly and immediately to improve study facilities or for a special project. Alternatively, you could secure the long-term and enduring future of the Städelschule and its rich history by gifting an additional endowment for the Foundation's capital funds. You could then decide what the endowment income should be used for.

The following options are available:

  • Donations (no upper limit) - The whole amount can immediately be distributed by the Foundation
  • Additional endowments (no upper limit) - The capital of the donation is maintained and only the income is distributed
  • Establishment of an endowment fund (minimum 50,000 Euros) - An endowment fund can bear the name of the founder. It can be set up for a specific purpose within the overall aims of the Städelschule Foundation for Young Artists, for example to fund a prize or scholarship in the name of the founder or (in the case of a bigger gift) to endow a professorial chair in the name of the founder.

Board of the Foundation

  • Barbara Bernoully (Chairwoman)
  • Dr. Christian v. Oertzen (Vice Chairman)
  • Dr. Maximilian Dietzsch-Doertenbach


  • Elisabeth Haindl (Chairwoman of the Friends of Städelschule Portikus)
  • Jürgen Conzelmann

We are dependent on your commitment so that the Foundation can continue its work successfully. We would be very happy to discuss with you how you might get involved.

Contact details

Städelschule Foundation for Young Artists
Tel.: 0049 (0)69 95 62 20-14
Fax: 0049 (0)69 95 62 20-15

Email: stiftung(at)

Bank account: Frankfurter Sparkasse 200322508 (Sort code 500 502 01)