Not everything that is ours belongs to us

The founder, Werner Erkes, can look back on successful years as a designer and entrepreneur. He is aware that this was not possible solely because of his personal talents or achievements. In addition to luck, which of course always plays a role, the decisive factors were the opportunities he was given in childhood and youth in the form of a good upbringing and unrestricted access to an excellent education system.

All this made possible the development from rather modest petty-bourgeois circumstances into a successful businessman. The realisation that the success of the privileged always comes at the expense of the disadvantaged also allowed the idea of the foundation to mature.



The long road to a self-determined future

The easily discernible imbalance of opportunities for an economically secure life becomes particularly apparent in times of globalisation. The ever-widening gap between rich and poor exacerbates the potential for conflict in the social hotspots of our society. The industrialisation of the Western world and the unstoppable globalisation are fuelling the catastrophic conditions in the disadvantaged regions of the world.
Perhaps world peace is a utopia. Equality of opportunity for all people is probably also an unrealisable wish. But every step towards this goal makes the world a little more worth living in and a little safer.

According to its statutes, the Werner Erkes Foundation pursues in particular...

a) the promotion of regionally, nationally and internationally active tax-exempt corporations that work to improve family and/or institutional education for socially disadvantaged persons and, by supporting educational opportunities, enable those affected to reduce their own social ills. 
b) To support persons in need by enabling them to access and participate in educational opportunities.

c) supporting people in need (both young people and older people) through other appropriate measures, such as providing free or low-cost housing in properties managed by the foundation, for example.
All persons involved are volunteers. Income and donations are used exclusively for direct project support. Costs for travel etc. are borne privately by the actors.

The Board

Werner Erkes

Chairman and Founder

Werner Erkes is managing partner of TASKOM Werbeagentur GmbH & Co. KG, Düsseldorf, as well as initiator and founder of the foundation.

Cedric Bouscheljong


Cedric Bouscheljong has a Bachelor of Arts degree in administrative business administration and is an administrative officer at the Viersen district administration.

Ina Möhlenbeck

Member of the Board

Ina Möhlenbeck is a freelance systemic coach for positive relationship building as well as a communication and media manager.

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