About us

The knodel foundation was established in 2017 by PANDION CEO Reinhold Knodel and his son Patrick Knodel, who heads the foundation as CEO. By making an annual donation of EUR 500,000, PANDION AG, as the donor, makes a decisive contribution to project funding and also covers the administrative costs incurred. This ensures that 100 percent of every euro donated to the knodel foundation reaches the projects. Furthermore, since 2021, every additional donation received from other individuals or organizations is doubled by PANDION.


Our impact

We initiate systemic changes with the goal of a fairer world. That is why we are committed to strengthening the global South by promoting its long-term stability and economic independence through integrated development cooperation. On the other hand, by enabling social spaces for reflection, we promote the development of a systemic understanding of global interrelationships in our home country of Germany, which we understand as part of the global North. Only when both are brought together long-term change can really happen.

We believe that good concepts must be supported. At the same time, innovation should not be forgotten. Innovative concepts often have a hard time getting capital in the nonprofit sector because they are difficult to explain and prove to donors. As a foundation, we see it as our task to promote such innovative approaches that subsequently produce multipliers of change. The focus is always on networking people and organizations, because cooperation is an underestimated strength of the human kind.

The selection of our projects is not based on a regional focus, but on the impact of the project. Measuring impact is difficult, and the more systemic an approach is, the harder it is to measure in the short term. We therefore use the IOOI model to assess the impact of our project partners:

Input – Output – Outcome – Impact

Input/resources
What resources do we use?

financial resources

know how & strategic sparring

networking

Output/support
What type of support do we provide?

integrated development cooperation

reflection spaces / awareness spaces or awareness raising spaces

Outcome target group
What kind of change do we achieve in our target group?

strengthening the Global South/ mindset change/ social transformation

Impact of society
What kind of changes do we achieve on a societal level?

creating global justice

bringing about systemic change for a fairer world

We apply the model to the funding of all projects. In this way, we ensure that we are not satisfied with the use of our own resources (input) or with the provision of services (output), but that all projects achieve a demonstrable change in the target group (outcome). The overarching effect at the societal level (impact) is influenced by other, external factors and is therefore fundamentally difficult to measure in concrete terms, even over many years. From the “outcome” level onward, we can therefore speak of the impact achieved, which is illustrated in the following diagram:

Our 5 funding areas are based on the considerations outlined at the beginning regarding the interplay of solutions in the global South & in the global North as well as the creation of multipliers:

Funding areaThematic key areas
(Fields of action)
Target groupsRange of action
Educationschool education
vocational training
education of girls and women
innovative educational concepts
sports & excercise
personal development
inclusion
children and adolescents

young adults
Global South
Germany
Social Businesssupport for social entrepreneurship networks
(education, income, health)

indigenous organic agriculture
(market access and income for farmers’ cooperatives)

basic optical care
social entrepreneurs

active poor
(people in precarious living conditions)
Global South
Peace, Freedom and Human Dignityprostitution and human trafficking

independent journalism
people whose human rights are violated as well as people with a need for informationGlobal South
Germany
Regional Habit & Ecosystemsdemining, social protection, economic development

sustainable agriculture, water & sanitation, education, health, income
people, animals and nature Global South
Sustainable Consumption and Fair Productionsupply chainscompanies
entrepreneurs
Global Gouth Germany

These 5 funding areas include a variety of projects, each of which must present their impact model in their project application to us. As a rule, we fund the projects or the project partners over several years. In doing so, we commit certain funding amounts in advance, which the project partners can call upon when they reach corresponding milestones. On the one hand, this enables the partner organizations to plan for the long term, and on the other hand, it provides them with an incentive to continuously review the effectiveness of their measures.

Based on the IOOI model, let’s now take a look at our 5 funding areas:

Education

Input/resources
What resources do we use?

financial resources

know how & strategic sparring

networking

Output/support
What type of support do we provide?

qualified school education made possible

qualified vocational training made possible

access to innovative educational concepts made possible

access to awareness-raising concepts enabled

Outcome target group
What kind of change do we achieve in our target group?

knowledge growth generated

job-relevant skills completed

own potential recognized and increased self-confidence

increased ability for self-reflection

Impact of society
What kind of changes do we achieve on a societal level?

Access to education as a key to an independent and self-determined life

access to vocational training (transition from school to work, from theory to practice, from knowledge to income)

strength-oriented education and development of potential

promoting awareness of the interrelationships and one’s own role in the world

Education is the basis for change in every area of life. Depending on the location of the education, however, the focus is different. For example, for an education in rural Africa, it may be essential to provide the graduate with the skills for local self-employment due to the lack of available employment, while an economic university education in Germany should be holistic and respectful of planetary boundaries.

Social Business

Input/resources
What resources do we use?

financial resources

know how & strategic sparring

networking

Output/support
What type of support do we provide?

teaching entrepreneurial thinking

products and services (of the social business) are used

Outcome target group
What kind of change do we achieve in our target group?

economic viability of the own business model

living conditions of the active poor improve (education, income, health, environment)

Impact of society
What kind of changes do we achieve on a societal level?

solution of social and ecological challenges through entrepreneurial action

supporting entrepreneurial solutions that are long-term (and sustainable), self-sustaining and scalable

Social entrepreneurs are mostly people who live in a place and want to solve local problems there. Their approach is fundamentally entrepreneurial and is intended to be self-sustaining in the long term. This prevents dependence on donations and enables the approach to be scaled. These concepts often need start-up funding to be able to grow on their own afterwards and are often more resilient to problems and more effective than the work of external people without local knowledge.

Peace, freedom, human dignity

Input/resources
What resources do we use?

financial resources

know how & strategic sparring

networking

Output/support
What type of support do we provide?

freeing people

creation of functioning legal systems

use of independent information services

Outcome target group
What kind of change do we achieve in our target group?

protection against exploitation and deprivation of liberty

possibility of independent knowledge and opinion forming

Impact of society
What kind of changes do we achieve on a societal level?

human rights and dignity as the basis of every life

people live in peace and freedom

Living in dignity, as well as in peace and freedom, are basic requirements that should be met for everyone. Unfortunately, this is often not the case because poor people usually lack access to the legal system and independent sources of information are often not available.

Regional habitats and ecosystems

Input/resources
What resources do we use?

financial resources

know how & strategic sparring

networking

Output/support
What type of support do we provide?

access to

  • education
  • income
  • health

biodiversity of plants and animals

preservation/protection of ecosystems

Outcome target group
What kind of change do we achieve in our target group?

living conditions of the active poor improve

habitat for humans, animals and nature is preserved, protected or restored

Impact of society
What kind of changes do we achieve on a societal level?

economic, social and ecological development of a region

Many development cooperation projects have proven to be ineffective, especially in rural regions of the global South, because several basic requirements are lacking there and an improvement in the situation only occurs when these interact. Therefore, we support projects that address regional habitats & ecosystems holistically.

Sustainable consumption & production

Input/resources
What resources do we use?

financial resources

know how & strategic sparring

networking

Output/support
What type of support do we provide?

creating exchange and information formats on (fair) supply chains

creation of publicity

triggering processes in companies to establish fair supply chains

Outcome target group
What kind of change do we achieve in our target group?

create awareness for fair supply chains

companies actively working to establish fair supply chains

Impact of society
What kind of changes do we achieve on a societal level?

responsible consumers who value fair supply chains

responsible companies with fair supply chains

The way goods are produced and the way we consume often has a massive impact on people, animals and the environment in other parts of the world through supply chains and waste. Fairly produced products and transparent consumption is therefore a huge lever for solving the problems in our globally interconnected world.

One possible target image of our way of acting consists in the so-called “Donut Economy”. The concept envisions an ideal area for a safe and just life of mankind within two circles:

  • The outer circle represents the ecological boundary that humanity should not transgress. This includes, for example, the loss of biodiversity or the excessive pollution of soils by phosphates.
  • The inner circle forms the social foundation on which people should build their societies. Here it is crucial that the individual components, such as available clean energy, food, education and justice, are not undercut.
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