We are transparent
We support the Transparent Civil Society Initiative! By signing the initiative, we have summarized and published relevant information about our association. Much of it can also be read in our annual impact report (in German only).
Furthermore, our organization is certified as equivalent to a Certified Public Charity by NGOsource, which is a project of the Council on Foundations and TechSoup, helps U.S. grantmakers streamline and save in their international giving.
1. name, registered office, address and year of incorporation
HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V.
Plaut Street 80
Seat: Leipzig, register court Leipzig VR 3683
Year of foundation: 2002
Contact persons: Stefanie Sieber and Susanne Voigt, Management Board
2. complete articles of association and information on the objectives of our organization
The Statues of our association (available in German only) describe what we do and regulate fundamental issues of the association's life. The Contribution Rules include the admission fee and contributions for membership.
The vision of HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. is to get young people excited about science and technology at an early age and to give them a playful introduction to the world of complex technology. They learn to tackle challenges creatively, imaginatively and together and to build digital competencies as well as team and communication skills. The aim is to equip children and young people with the key skills of the 21st century: they can think like researchers and engineers and actively help shape society - both with their STEM knowledge and with their social skills.
HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. has been organizing various international educational programs since 2002 to facilitate young people's access to scientific subjects and to motivate them at an early stage to pursue an engineering or IT profession. Our most important tools are educational programs with a competitive character, such as the FIRST LEGO League Challenge research and robotics competition, the FIRST LEGO League Explore program, and the RoboCup Junior regional qualifying tournament in Berlin.
More about the project goals and impacts can be found in our Impact Report, which we publish annually - in the 2021 edition, the goals and impacts can be found in the following sections:
FIRST LEGO League Explore - page 16 ff.
FIRST LEGO League Challenge - page 22 ff.
RoboCup Junior - page 30 ff.
3. details of the tax concession
Our work is exempt from corporate income tax and trade tax under Section 3 No. 6 of the German Trade Tax Act (Gewerbesteuergesetz) due to the promotion of youth welfare according to the last exemption notice we received from the Leipzig I Tax Office (tax number 232/14013479) dated December 21, 2018 (assessment period 2015 to 2017).
4. name and function of key decision-makers
The association was founded in 2002 in Leipzig. The general assembly consists of 30 members (8 legal and 22 natural persons, 1 honorary member). In addition to the association members, the association has a large network of partners and volunteers who support the association and the respective projects with their work, a total of about 1500 people.
The board of directors has been led by five volunteers since 2020. Irmgard Rothkirch is head of educational programs at the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, among others, and has been chairwoman of the association since April 2022. Armin Gardeia is head of the "Young University" at the OTH Regensburg and has been deputy chairman of the association since April 2022. The board is completed by Marco Groß, Daniel Marburger and Jakub Stříbrný.
The long-standing employees at HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. Stefanie Sieber and Susanne Voigt share the management in a four-eyes principle.
More in our impact report page from 34 and 40 ff.
5. activity report
All our annual reports (in German language) are available here. The latest information can be found in the Impact Report 2021 starting on page 5 ff.
6. personnel structure
The office is currently staffed with 10 full-time employees who take care of all aspects of implementing the educational programs and the association. All facts and figures on the staff structure in the office can be found in the Impact Report 2021 on page 34 - 35.
7. information on the source of funds
HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. finances its work through income from donations, sponsoring, participation fees, and the sale of robotics sets as part of funded projects. For details and figures, see the 2021 impact report on page 42.
8. information on the use of funds
The areas in which we have used funds are disclosed in the Impact Report 2021 on page 42.
In summary, the association is economically stable and will be able to continue its educational programs FIRST LEGO League and RoboCup Junior nationwide and internationally in the coming years. The goal is to further expand existing cooperations and to gain additional supporters. If you also want to support us, learn more about the possibilities.
9. social connection with third parties
HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. works closely with the support association HANDS on e.V., whose purpose since its founding in 2008 has been to provide the association with both personnel and financial support. More on this in the 2021 Impact Report on page 41.
10. names of legal entities whose annual payments exceed 10% of the total annual budget
With reference to the past financial year 2021, the following initiatives, companies and foundations have supported HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. and the Förderverein HANDS on e.V. and thus our charitable work in varying amounts (at least € 1,000) (alpha-beta order):
- Amazon Future Engineer (Amazon Deutschland Services GmbH)
- Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie
- Bloomberg L.P.
- Dow Olefinverbund GmbH
- Hessian Ministry of Education
- John Deere GmbH & Co KG
- LEGO Group (LEGO GmbH, LEGO Education, LEGO Foundation)
- Motorola Solutions Foundation
- Novelis AG
- Relaxdays GmbH
- SAP SE
- SAGE Foundation
- Siemens AG
- The Walt Disney Company Deutschland
- Vision Components GmbH
* 2021, there was a payment from the Hessian Ministry of Culture that exceeded 10% of total annual revenues.