"Lukas Beckmann will take on this new role from March 1, 2011, and together with the previous board members, Dr. Ing. Annette Massmann and Michael Lieberoth-Leden form the future board team. His tasks will include the socio-political development of the gift and donation system with the aim of making GLS Treuhand even better known in the German foundation landscape. "Lukas Beckmann has many years of varied experience in various areas of civic engagement and political leadership," said spokesman for the supervisory board of GLS Treuhand, Frieder Wolf. "I am confident that he will further enhance the profile of GLS Treuhand and preserve its wealth of experience in the gift and donations sector for its clientele, while at the same time opening GLS Treuhand to new social milieus and the innovation potential of the non-profit sector strengthen overall. " Lukas Beckmann has been managing director of the parliamentary group Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen since 1994. As an associate of Joseph Beuys at the Free International University (FIU) in Dusseldorf, he has been involved since 1979 in the creation of the Greens. Trained as a farmer and diploma sociologist, Lukas Beckmann brings extensive experience in the field of foundations, including through the establishment of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Lukas Beckmann has also been committed to a different approach to money for a long time; He was a founding member of Ökobank in Frankfurt, whose business was taken over by GLS Bank in early 2003. Since 2005 he has been a member of the overall conference and the extended board of the Freie Waldorfschule Berlin-Kreuzberg. In the coming year, GLS Treuhand looks back on 50 years of giving, donating and advising experience. It is a foundation-like institution in the form of a non-profit association and awards annual subsidies of around 6.5 million euros. GLS Treuhand became the world's first social-ecological universal bank in 1974, the GLS Bank. She works closely and in partnership with the Treuhand. GLS Treuhand brings donors and donors together with funded projects. Even during the financial crisis, GLS Treuhand had substantial capital growth of 12.9% in 2009 without depreciation losses. The foundation assets are invested almost exclusively at GLS Bank".