AMERICAN COUNCIL ON GERMANY

aka ACG   |   New York, NY   |  www.acgusa.org

Mission

The American Council on Germany (ACG) is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit organization that was founded in 1952 to strengthen German-American relations. Today, the ACG works across generations to provide a deeper, more nuanced understanding about Germany, Europe, and the importance of the transatlantic partnership. Through a range of programs and activities, the ACG addresses the most pressing economic, political, and social challenges of the day to ensure better mutual understanding.

Ruling year info

1954

President

Dr. Steven E. Sokol

Main address

14 East 60th Street Suite 1000

New York, NY 10022 USA

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EIN

13-1889074

NTEE code info

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

International Affairs, Foreign Policy, & Globalization (Q50)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The American Council on Germany was incorporated in 1952 in New York as a private nonprofit organization to promote reconciliation and understanding between Germans and Americans in the aftermath of World War II. Though the ACG's work has evolved through the years, its mission of building transatlantic dialogue is as crucial as ever, particularly given tensions in international relations and heightened geopolitical uncertainty around the world. It is our goal to create enduring transatlantic connections that can weather the ups and downs of politics, and to foster long-lasting cooperation across generations and disciplines.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

New York City Policy Programs

The American Council on Germany regularly hosts prominent government officials, respected journalists, senior analysts, and other influential figures for discussions. These events vary in format from larger lectures to smaller, high-level briefings. The ACG generally holds about 30 events in New York City annually, providing a cohesive overview of timely issues of transatlantic and international relevance, from politics and security to economics and finance.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The ACG’s prestigious American-German Young Leaders Conference brings together up to 50 rising stars from government, business, journalism, academia, the military, and the nonprofit sector for a week of intensive dialogue concerning domestic, bilateral, and global issues affecting both countries. In addition to enhancing participants’ understanding of the current international agenda, the conferences deepen mutual understanding among the next generation of thought leaders and decision-makers from the United States and Germany. During the Young Leaders Conference, participants meet with high-level officials to hear their insider perspectives and also engage in working groups and plenary sessions to discuss solutions to today’s complex political, economic, and social challenges.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This series brings together a diverse group of younger and mid-career professionals for informal, open discussions on a range of current political, economic, and social topics in an increasingly interconnected global environment – with an emphasis on issues of concern for the transatlantic agenda. Speakers share brief remarks and engage in a dynamic discussion with participants.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The ACG organizes Policy Conferences to bring together policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and analysts to share their expertise and exchange perspectives on issues of contemporary concern. These conferences promote transatlantic understanding and strive to facilitate more effective policy coordination. The conferences have both taken a wide view of transatlantic relations and have focused on specific issues ranging from health care to NATO’s role to Russia and the global financial crisis. The participants look to create practical policy solutions to complex problems.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Eric M. Warburg Chapters provide ACG members and the general public in cities across the country with a dynamic forum for discussing important economic, political, and social issues on the transatlantic agenda, while also providing visiting speakers with the opportunity to exchange ideas with a diverse group of Americans. Through its network of Chapters, the ACG convenes more than 140 events annually, ranging from small group discussions to gatherings of more than 100 people.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The McCloy Fellowships on Global Trends allow American and German professionals to conduct research on timely topics while consulting with their transatlantic counterparts. Focusing on common challenges experienced on both sides of the Atlantic, fellows carry out research in the areas of urbanization, climate change and sustainability, technological breakthroughs, and demographics and social change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Dr. Guido Goldman Fellowships for the Study of German and European Economic and International Affairs support promising American academics whose research bears special significance for German economic and international policy within a wider European context. Fellows research the nuances of Germany’s role as an economic engine and political leader, both in Europe and in the global arena.

Population(s) Served
Academics

The Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowships for the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture support exceptional American academics whose research contributes to the scholarly discourse on contemporary German society and the political, cultural, and social history of Germany. Hunt Fellows undertake archival research, conduct interviews, and meet with their transatlantic counterparts to gain a better understanding of German society.

Population(s) Served
Academics

The Anna-Maria and Stephen M. Kellen Fellowships provide an opportunity for exceptional Berlin-based print, broadcast, and digital media journalists to travel to the United States to conduct interviews with policymakers and opinion leaders and to conduct research for news reports.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Leadership Missions on Agriculture, Food Security, and Resource Scarcity give agriculture and food security experts an opportunity to have in-depth discussions and site visits to better understand issues in agriculture, farming, and food-supply conditions. Traveling as a group, the experts travel to multiple cities to gain insights and a deeper understanding concerning the practices, challenges, and solutions to common concerns. Leadership Missions on Urban Affairs and Sustainability bring together local government officials so that they can meet with their professional counterparts in order to gain a better understanding of issues cities in Germany and the United States face and to explore potential policy solutions. Participants get an in-depth look at the city management and government administration on the other side of the Atlantic during site visits.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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Total number of organization members

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Holding steady

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Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The ACG works across generations to provide a deeper, more nuanced understanding about Germany, Europe, and the importance of the transatlantic partnership. Through a range of programs and activities, the ACG addresses the most pressing economic, political, and social challenges of the day to ensure better mutual understanding. These programs and activities are aimed at reaching a broad range of individuals to strengthen German-American relations and deepen the U.S-European partnership.

The ACG addresses global challenges by engaging in dialogue, exploring policy solutions, and exchanging best practices through discussion programs, policy conferences, and exchange programs; builds mutual understanding by engaging decision-makers and thought leaders in Europe and the United States through discussion programs, high-level policy conferences, and other outreach activities; develops and cultivates the next generation of transatlanticists through intensive Young Leaders Conferences, fellowships, leadership missions, and Political Salon events; and creates and strengthens transatlantic networks, cutting across professional fields, disciplines, and backgrounds, so that Germans and Americans can work together to address today's problems and anticipate upcoming challenges.

The ACG has experience: The Council began its work to strengthen transatlantic relations on the heels of World War II and has maintained that focus ever since. We can draw on more than 65 years of experience and our enduring close connections with influential leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.

The ACG has a wide geographic reach: The Council has Eric M. Warburg Chapters across the United States so its members and the general public can have access to speakers who can address the most pressing economic, political, and social issues on the transatlantic agenda. We recognize the importance of presenting global issues on a local level, because developments around the world reverberate far beyond policymakers and business leaders in Washington and New York.

The ACG engages the key influencers of today: As Germany takes an increasingly important role on the world stage, the ACG equips opinion leaders and decision-makers in a variety of fields with ideas and perspectives on important political, economic, and social developments on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world. The Council provides a deep and nuanced understanding of Germany's role within Europe and globally -- while anticipating future priorities on the transatlantic agenda.

The ACG engages the key influencers of tomorrow: The Council invests in the future of the transatlantic relationship by helping the next generation of leaders in Germany and the United States learn about this indispensable partnership, exchange best practices, and build networks across the Atlantic. Our programs bring together young professionals from diverse fields to deepen their understanding about transatlantic issues while forging lasting bonds with one another.

More than 1,000 Americans and Germans are alumni of the American-German Young Leaders Conference, and more than 1,000 people have gone overseas through the Council's fellowship programs and leadership missions, and these participants have all gained new perspectives from their experience. Many have called these exchange programs eye-opening or life-changing. Hundreds of people attend the Council's policy discussions in New York and at the Warburg Chapters in 21 cities across the country each year and learn more about the nuances of the transatlantic relationship and policy solutions to global challenges. Under the leadership of President Dr. Steven E. Sokol, the ACG has launched a Political Salon speaker series, news digest, “Hot Topics" conference calls, and a new fellowship for young professionals focusing on global trends. In addition, the Warburg Chapter program expanded to include 21 cities from coast to coast, and the McCloy leadership missions in agriculture and urban affairs were inaugurated, along with the DZ BANK Fellowships on Transatlantic Business and Finance to enable finance professionals, journalists, and substantive experts to conduct research on key issues influencing the transatlantic economy, including business, finance, economics, banking, fintech, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Each of these programs endeavor to reach new audiences who were not yet familiar with the importance of transatlantic ties in order to make a bigger impact. In 2020, the ACG pivoted much of its programming online because of the COVID-19 pandemic and introduced ZoomAtlantic Dialogues featuring program alumni who were on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus and Transatlantic Town Halls featuring Mayors and Bundestag members dealing with the crisis, along with other events designed to give up-to-the-minute updates during this unprecedented time. Looking ahead, the ACG will continue to build up current programs that look closely at today's headlines while preparing for a return to in-person events. The ACG reached audiences in more than 60 countries through its online programming and will look for ways to keep these wider audiences engaged going forward.

Financials

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AMERICAN COUNCIL ON GERMANY

Board of directors
as of 3/26/2021
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Board chair

Ambassador John Emerson

Paul Atkins

Patomak Global Partners LLC

Reginald Brown

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Martin Bussmann

Mannheim LLC

Anthony Casciano

Siemens Financial Services

Anne Cohen

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Anthony Cook

Bernstein Global Wealth Management

David Detjen

Alston & Bird LLP

Frances Devlin

Pfizer Inc

John Emerson

Capital Group International

Richard Fisher

Alan Fleischmann

Laurel Strategies Inc.

Andrew Gundlach

Bleichroeder LP

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Spitzberg Partners

William Harman

Venture Capital Fund of America

Monu Joseph

GrayArch Partners

Andre Kelleners

Goldman Sachs

Henry Kissinger

Kissinger Associates Inc.

Brian Klein

WPR Development Company

Charles Kupchan

Council on Foreign Relations

Karim Lesina

John Lipsky

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Alan MacDonald

Citi

Franklin Maddux

Fresenius Medical Care

Joseph McLaughlin

Sidley Austin LLP

Edward McFadden

Patomak Global Partners

Cassidy Morgan

Google

Tammy Murphy

Murphy Endeavors

Dale Ponikvar

Elke Rehbock

Dentons

Markus Reinisch

Facebook

Christiana Riley

Deutsche Bank

Christopher Schroeder

Nina Smidt

Siemens Stiftung

Wayne Smith

BASF Corporation

Anna Schneider

Volkswagen Group of America

Steven Sokol

American Council on Germany

Julie Teigland

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Stanford Warshawsky

Bismarck Capital, LLC

Ludwig Willisch

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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