The Cathedral Supporters Family

A living place of Christian faith needs your help

The Berlin Cathedral must generate 95% of its annual budget itself. This distinguishes the Berlin Cathedral from all other church congregations in Germany. Only 5% of our income comes from church taxes and grants from the state of Berlin. For the maintenance of the listed building from 1905, the musicians, the worldwide transmission of the services, staff, heating, electricity, security company, cleaning and much more, we need almost 15,000 Euros per day.  

Without the numerous supporters, this would hardly be possible. The Berliner Dom-Stiftung, the Berliner Dombau-Verein, the Berliner Dom-Freunde, the Bärbel Vasak Stiftung and the Förderkreis der Berliner Domkantorei - they all have one thing in common: they help the Berliner Dom with their work and through numerous fundraising activities.

In addition, there is also the possibility of financial support, more information about this can be found here.

You too can help to ensure that this historically unique landmark in the heart of the capital is preserved and remains a living place of Christian faith. Become a part of the large family of cathedral supporters!


Berlin Cathedral Foundation (‘Berliner-Dom-Stiftung’)

More Cathedral – More Culture! This was the motto of the Berlin Cathedral Foundation (‘Berliner-Dom-Stiftung’) which was created in 2009 by parish members, friends and patrons of Berlin Cathedral. Their goal is provide the Cathedral with financial and conceptual support in the long term. Because only a select few know this: Berlin Cathedral belongs to its parish. The annual budget of around €6 million (as of 2018) is 97% self-generated. Just 3% of the total budget originates from church tax.

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Berlin Cathedral Construction Association (Berliner Dombau-Verein e.V.)

The Berlin Cathedral Construction Association (Berliner Dombau-Verein e.V.) was founded in 1994, one year after the re-inauguration of Berlin Cathedral. At that point in time the building was still under construction in part. To date, the Berlin Cathedral Construction Association (‘Berliner Dombau-Verein’) has, for example, funded the reconstruction of the altar windows and dome mosaics. It also supported the re-establishment of the Cathedral museum, in which the history of the Cathedral’s construction is well documented.

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Friends of Berlin Cathedral (‘Berliner Dom-Freunde e.V.’)

The Friends of Berlin Cathedral (‘Berliner Dom-Freunde e.V.’) have been supporting the work of the Cathedral parish and the Berlin Cathedral Foundation (‘Berliner-Dom-Stiftung’) for several years. The annual membership fee for the Association is set deliberately low (€100 / discount of €25) to allow the greatest possible number of people to participate. More members means greater support for Berlin Cathedral.

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The Bärbel Vasak Foundation (Bärbel Vasak Stiftung)

The Bärbel Vasak Foundation (Bärbel Vasak Stiftung) promotes the ecclesiastical music during the services held at Berlin Cathedral. Responsibility and organisation are left exclusively in the hands of the respective Cathedral organist. The fiduciary administration of the Bärbel Vasak Foundation (‘Bärbel Vasak Stiftung’) is managed by the Berlin Cathedral Foundation (‘Berliner-Dom-Stiftung’).

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Sponsoring association ‘Förderkreis der Berliner Domkantorei e.V.’

The sponsoring association (Förderkreis) regularly organises choir breaks and excursions, and ensures that no one should be forced to stay at home for lack of financial resources. The association's own funds were also used in recent years to restore and digitally archive the choir’s extensive music library. By taking on deficit guarantees, we are able to risk the performance of lesser well-known and attended ecclesiastical music works. We manage the sale and distribution of CDs previously recorded by the Berlin Cathedral Choir, and promote newly scheduled productions.

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Get involved

A house like the Berlin Cathedral needs not only donors but also people who contribute their energy and labor. It is thanks to our large team of volunteers that many events and church services can take place here in the first place. If you, too, would like to become involved as a person in the cathedral-supporting family, you are very welcome.

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