Your support can enhance the German-American dialogue.

Individual Sponsorship

The generosity of individual donors is vital to the Institute’s success. Recent initiatives made possible by our donors include an exclusive event series featuring high-level policymakers, a diversity-focused young leaders exchange program and conference on migration, and a focus on new media.

Please reach out to us and we can discuss your giving options.

Become an Individual Sponsor

Corporate Sponsorship

Business leaders rely on the Institute’s objective and expert analysis as they adapt to an ever-changing world. AICGS enjoys a reputation for high-quality, reliable information and valuable networking opportunities in the German-American corporate environment. The premier event attended by many of our corporate sponsors is the annual Global Leadership Award Dinner in New York City, and the Institute’s location in Washington, DC, offers supporters a connection to the heart of government and the U.S. policy community.

Companies and individuals based in Germany can make a contribution to the Förderkreis des American Institute for Contemporary German Studies e.V. and support the work of AICGS with a donation that may be tax-deductible in Germany.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Investing in the Institute’s programs magnifies our impact: fostering the next generation of transatlantic leaders, giving a platform to prominent and emerging scholars, and connecting leaders in government, business, and academia to set the transatlantic course. You or your organization will make crucial dialogues in the transatlantic space possible. We welcome your support at all levels.

Benefits include:


• Logos on the program page, on the program’s posts on the AICGS website, on event invitations, and on printed materials for in-person events.
• Listed as an AICGS sponsor online and at the Global Leadership Award Dinner.
• Mention of individual/organization and their support in related publications.


• Invitations to program events in the U.S. and Germany, virtual and in-person.
• Opportunities for invitations to private discussions with high-level speakers; reserved front-row seating at key events.

One effective way to bring thought leadership to your company and raise its profile in the Washington policy community is to elevate and highlight policy issues through public or private events with experts and stakeholders around a defined theme. Event sponsorship at AICGS encompasses everything from our bi-annual conferences to our series of public events. AICGS also hosts workshops and seminars to allow executives, government leaders, and other policymakers to discuss important policy issues. Partners interested in these opportunities may work closely with AICGS scholars and staff to create a platform that addresses a policy challenge or a current, pertinent issue.

Each year AICGS awards the Global Leadership Award to a prominent business person. The Award recognizes the achievements of business leaders who, through their personal and professional accomplishments, have helped strengthen the close partnership between Germany and the United States. All donors receive benefits of seating and advertisement at the dinner based on the donation level, in addition to other membership benefits.

  • Global Leadership Group ($50,000+)
  • Executive Leadership Group ($35,000)
  • Corporate Leadership Group ($25,000)
  • Senior Associates Group ($15,000)
  • Associates Group ($10,000)

Global Leadership Award Dinner 2022

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

AICGS seeks to produce the best up-to-date analysis of the most important issues in the German-American partnership. Our weekly publication and podcast offer regular ways to engage with elite audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Supporting these efforts guarantees their sustainability and offers supporters valuable marketing opportunities.


AICGS is a trusted source of expert analysis on German-American relations, geopolitics, economics, and society, and this weekly publication reaches a broad audience on a regular basis.

Benefits include:

• Reaching important stakeholders in the extensive AICGS network, particularly those in Washington, DC, New York, Brussels, Berlin, and across Germany.
• Brand visibility to thousands every week.


Launched in 2018, The Zeitgeist is hosted by AICGS President Jeff Rathke. The wide-ranging conversations cover topics including the response to the COVID-19 pandemic with health minister Jens Spahn and deputy finance minister Jörg Kukies, defense cooperation with former U.S. Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges, German politics with members of the Bundestag, the impact of American presidents with Susan Eisenhower, and the legacy of divided Europe with scholars such as Dr. Kristina Spohr.

Benefits include:

• Tailored shoutout at the beginning of the podcast episode.
• Brand visibility on each episode’s online post and social media promotion.

Foundation and Government Support

Project-specific grants, usually spanning a few months or longer, enable AICGS to develop in-depth resources to address our research areas. These project grants produce analysis and recommendations that are widely disseminated to the policy community. Together, our partners ensure that new ideas and practical solutions are generated, all of which contribute to the common goal of creating a smarter German-U.S. partnership.