While in the Dr. Günther Findel Foundation experts from science and research make decisions regarding the scholarships, in the Curt Mast Jägermeister Foundation it is personalities from Wolfenbüttel together with Florian Rehm and Manja Puschnerus. The Klaus Friedrich Foundation is run exclusively by family members and by Manja Puschnerus. “The family is very large, and everyone does what they can. I am a link between the organizations and often an impulse generator,” she says of her work. “Sometimes an idea arrives at one foundation and is picked up by the other. The paths are not only short within the organizations, but also between them. This allows us to make decisions flexibly and, above all, quickly, and to move into implementation,” says Puschnerus.
There is no fundraising; the financial resources for project support are generated from the organizations’ assets and from money that flows to the foundations from the Mast family of entrepreneurs and their companies. For even more impact in the community, they enter into collaborations, such as with the Loki Schmidt Foundation. “If we see that we can achieve even more with another organization, we are very happy to join forces,” says Manja Puschnerus. “The Loki Schmidt Foundation, for example, works like us: hands-on, pragmatic and solution-oriented. We’re just a great fit and want to continue implementing more projects together in the future.” And perhaps set up a fourth foundation? “It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen at the moment, because we’ve covered almost everything that’s close to the family’s heart,” she says. “But I wouldn’t rule anything out with these committed people.”