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GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG

About GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG

The GLS Bank was the first social and ecological bank in Germany. GLS stands for “community bank for loans and gifts”. The bank was founded in 1974 and it currently finances around 23,000 projects and businesses.

The Bank focuses on cultural, social and ecological projects which try to tackle challenges in our society by developing creative solutions. Loans are offered to projects like independent schools and kindergartens, organic farms, institutions using therapeutic pedagogy, nursing homes, projects for the unemployed, health-food stores and communal living projects, as well as sustainable businesses.



Geographical Focus


Social Sector

Business and professional association, Children/Youth, Culture/Recreation, Education, Environment, Health, Renewable energy/Cleantech

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