Asylum seekers & refugees

On a daily basis, the Munich reception center for asylum seekers receives people from third countries – most of them still deeply traumatized by their escape. Exhausted, poverty-stricken and unable to speak the local language, the asylum seekers arrive in welcome institutions for refugees that lack the funds and resources to adequately take care of their emotional needs. There, they often face religious and ethnic prejudice from refugee communities. In addition, they are plagued by feelings of exclusion and unwantedness in the country in which they seek to be admitted.

Ingvild Goetz commits herself to facilitate a humane stay for asylum seekers, regardless of whether they are sent back or are allowed to remain. The focus is on the welcome institutions and leisure activities.


Geflüchtete Frauen stärken | IMEDANA e.V.


Since 2016, Ingvild Goetz has helped fund the IMEDANA e.V. project Geflüchtete Frauen stärken (Strengthen Refugee Women) in Nuremberg. Since 2007, IMEDANA e.V. has been the supporting foundation for “International Women's Café,” a start-up and counseling center for female refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as their children and families. With the additional financial support provided by Ingvild Goetz, the program’s services were expanded and the organization strengthened. Refugee women receive comprehensive counseling and guidance, and, in special cases, material assistance in emergency situations. In addition, a seminar is offered once a year for 60 women and children to provide them with a brief respite from their daily worries and fears. IMEDANA e.V. works closely with the target group and as well as other groups, making its services exceptionally well received. Another goal of the project is to develop the organization further so that it can continue to implement its work in the future. Ingvild Goetz also supports IMEDANA with donations in kind. 


EXPRESS YOURSELF & film evenings | Innere Mission München


With the Innere Mission München (Inner Mission Munich), Ingvild Goetz supports educational activities, including music and painting lessons and film studies. For many years, she has funded various projects that are designed to promote greater tolerance. A music teacher regularly conducts music and singing lessons as part of the EXPRESS YOURSELF project. The project also includes painting groups for children and adults. For the many different nationalities and religions, which are not always amiable to one another but must live together in a small space, such lessons and groups are liberating. Several times a week, film evenings are offered separately for men and women, for which Ingvild Goetz provides the appropriate equipment. These evenings are meant to help the viewers to escape the worries of everyday life.


Lighthouse Welcome Center | Lichterkette e.V., Innere Mission München


In cooperation with the Innere Mission München (Inner Mission Munich) and Lichterkette (Light Chain), Ingvild Goetz launched the "Lighthouse Welcome Center" in 2014/15 and helped fund its construction. The Lighthouse Welcome Center is a gateway for refugees arriving at Munich's initial reception center in the Bavarian Barracks. Approximately 100 trained volunteers working in shifts from 8am to 8pm welcome refugees and inform them about important and interesting activities and places in the center, local surroundings and the city of Munich. 




As a passionate collector of media art, Ingvild Goetz has been supporting the integrative media project KONTAKTlinse in the Villa Stuck museum since 2010. There, unaccompanied underager refugees and German pupils can use video art to express things of importance to them.  


The Art Foundation Ingvild and Stephan Goetz invites unaccompanied minor refugees to workshops with the title "Be a Star!". The art educational format of the workshop was designed by the Sammlung Goetz and the art agency Filomele. 


SchlaU Übergang Schule-Beruf | Trägerkreis Junge Flüchtlinge e.V.


Since the beginning of 2016, Ingvild Goetz has helped fund the program SchlaU Übergang Schule-Beruf (Clever Transition from School to Vocation), a program sponsored by Junge Flüchtlinge e.V. (Young Refugees Association). It is a program for graduates of the Munich SchlaU Schule, where unaccompanied minors can acquire a scholastic diploma, opening new doors for them; further support, however, is essential for students so they can sustainably master future challenges. Joint instruction with native speakers and working with textbooks present new and challenging obstacles for these young people following their graduation. SchlaU Übergang Schule-Beruf provides school-based after-care in the rooms of the SchlaU school. Teachers stay in close contact with the training firms and schools to ensure the success of the subsequent schooling and training. In addition to scholastic support, the young people can continue to participate in the socio-educational counseling services. With the financial help provided by Ingvild Goetz, the program’s services have been expanded quantitatively and qualitatively. Ingvild Goetz finds it particularly important that services are tailored to the female graduates. 


Nothilfe Fonds Syrien | Save the Children Deutschland e.V.


In 2015/16, Ingvild Goetz supported the emergency aid fund ‘Save the Children’ in Syria and neighboring countries to help those who remained behind in war zones. For many girls and boys living with their families in Syria, every day is a struggle for survival. Violence, a lack of care, sickness and hunger force many children and their families to flee, even within the country. The living conditions in Syria change constantly and are not always predictable. For people in need, it is often necessary to take advantage of very short timeframes to ensure the supply of essential goods. Ingvild Goetz, therefore, decided to help fund one of Save the Children’s emergency aid funds for Syria. This fund provides local employees with the opportunity to react quickly and unbureaucratically to new situations, especially within Syria, and to swiftly expand existing aid, be this for emergency shelters, food and drinking water, or access to education and psychosocial help amid the acute crisis.