With its STERN and Lichtblick Foundations, G+J uses donations to provide assistance where it is most needed. With its “Fighting right-wing violence” campaign, STERN is also giving a clear signal against racism and exclusion. The non-profit STERN-ZEIT-Blindenzeitschrift project involves the publication of selected articles from the current issues of STERN and Die Zeit in Braille every two weeks.
Since 1973, STERN has been involved in a range of relief projects for people in need. Be it distress in Bosnia or the huge flood on the river Elbe in 2002, STERN readers have consistently donated millions in aid. In late 2003, STERN then founded its own independent association, the Stiftung STERN – Hilfe für Menschen e.V. The aim of this association is to encourage and support people at home and abroad who fall on hard times through no fault of their own. The association assumes responsibility for its own social and corporate welfare and raises donations for specific relief efforts. Thanks to cooperation with various aid partners, it can offer fast, operational help to people in need.
In reaction to the disturbing rise in neo-Nazi activities in Germany, the magazine STERN launched the "Fighting right-wing violence" campaign in August 2000. STERN's aim was to send out an unmistakable signal and take a firm stand against hate, exclusion, racism and intolerance. STERN asked its readers to donate money for the victims of right-wing attacks. To date, the campaign has raised almost €2 million to combat right-wing violence and has been able to support a large number of initiatives together with the Berlin Amadeu Antonio Foundation. One of the pilot projects is EXIT, which seeks to help right-wing extremists opt out of the right-wing scene. So far more than 500 neo-Nazis have managed to leave with the help of EXIT. A project has thus been push-started that already serves as a model for government action.
Every year around Christmas, the SÄCHSISCHE ZEITUNG asks for donations for the campaign "Lichtblick- Menschen helfen Menschen in Not" (Lichtblick - people helping people in need") "Lichtblick" means "ray of hope" and since 1996 the campaign has used these means to provide help where it's needed urgently, quickly and unhindered by red tape, and where the welfare state and other support systems have failed. More than 1000 individual cases receive urgently needed help from "Lichtblick" every year. Each case is carefully examined before donations are given out. The campaign became a foundation in 2003 and cooperates with around 330 charitable institutions in the Dresden area. Even in economically difficult times, the Saxon population shows a constant solidarity. During the past few years, an average of about 600,000 Euros came together, mostly made up of small donations.
STERN has been involved in projects to help the blind and visually impaired for over 40 years. In 1968, Henri Nannen (STERN) and Gerd Bucerius (Die Zeit) created a publication for the blind entitled "STERN-ZEIT-Blindenzeitschrift". To make reading easier, a contracted form of Braille has been developed in conjunction with the University of Münster, which has since become the standard in Germany. The non-profit "STERN-ZEIT-Blindenzeitschrift" project involves the publication of selected articles from the current issues of STERN and "Die Zeit" every two weeks in cooperation with the central library for blind people in Leipzig (Zentralbücherei für Blinde zu Leipzig). The 52-page magazine is regularly distributed to around 500 blind and visually impaired readers and to numerous institutions. The STERN cover story is also available for downloading in the form of a podcast every week. A blind readers' version of BRIGITTE was launched in May 2002, followed in January 2010 by a Braille version of the children's magazine "GEOlino" and a CD-DAISY version of NEON magazine.