Centrum für soziale Investitionen und Innovationen | Centre for Social Investment
Siegel der Universität HeidelbergSchriftzug Centrum für Soziale Investitionen und Innovationen - Centre for Social Investment

Das Team

About us


The Centre for Social Investment is a research centre of the Max-Weber-Institute of Sociology in the Social and Economic Sciences Department of the University of Heidelberg. The CSI is cooperating with the social and political science as well as economics institutes of the department, and in addition maintains ties with the law and theological schools. Its mission is to improve the theoretical and practical understanding of all forms of social investment through its research and outreach activities (cf. programme).


The Centre for Social Investment was founded on July 1st, 2006, as a central academic institution at the University of Heidelberg and transformed to its current structure in 2016. Prof. Dr. Helmut Anheier, Dr. Volker Then, the founder of the CSI, and senior fellow Dr. Andreas Schröer have been members of the institute from the beginning. Since its foundation, the CSI has been growing rapidly and has become an important voice in the civil society debate.


Since 2016 the Centre receives core funding from the university budget. In the development phase since its inauguration until 2015, major grants towards the establishment and growth of CSI were contributed by the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Deutsche Bank Foundation, and the Hertie Foundation. In addition CSI was supported by a smaller share of university budget resources and numerous project grants by other donors and foundations.

Manfred Lautenschläger Stiftung
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
Deutsche Bank Stiftung
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