Welcome to the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation

Our goal is to develop and maintain German-American relations.  The Foundation promotes and organizes various projects and programs, while at the same time serving the interests of both countries as a contact organization.


Our founding member, former executive director and former chairman of the board

Alexander Longolius

died after a long and difficult illness on January 31, 2016.

The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation has lost a good friend and montor, who during his life tirelessly dedicated himself to German-American relations. Mr. Longolius was part of the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation since its creation in 1994 and played a decisive role in shaping this insitution until his retirement in late 2014.

His dedication, his pragmatic world view, his warmth and his humanity have earned our deep gratitude and our sincere respect.

Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. He will be missed.

Walter Momper
Charman of the Executive Board

Björn Böhning
Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Ina Frost




A very personal note

Dear Alexander,

the fact that we had the opportunity to get to know you and to spend part of our time on this earth with you, fills us with joy, gratitude and lovely memories.

We will honor your consistently optimistic efforts in support of the German-American friendship by continuing your work, as you would have wanted. With you, we have lost a good friend and excellent mentor. We will miss you very much.

It is with great gratitude that we say farewell.

Ina, James and Grit
(as the staff of the foundation) and all of your friends, who shared this experience.





In September 2014, the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary. The anniversary ceremony in the plenary chamber of the Berlin House of Representatives on September 11, 2014 was attended by supporters, donors, volunteers, promoters and of course project partners of the foundation.

Read more about it...


Educational Enrichment Program (EEP) June 11 - 25, 2016

The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Educational Enrichment Program, a program specifically designed for American educators and education administrators that offers exceptional insights into the German education system. Participants visit various types of German schools, attend workshops and seminars, and take part in evening receptions with Berlin politicians and enjoy other social gatherings. The government of Berlin pays for participant’s instruction, food, lodging and transportation in Berlin. School districts or participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their transportation to Germany.

For each German teacher the district employs, one teacher or administrator may be selected for this program in Germany. The participants in the EEP may serve as “buddy teachers” for the new German teachers arriving in the districts in July and August of the same year.

More information, including an application form, is available here.

Please send applications by the end of March 2016 to:
Checkpoint Charlie Stiftung
Bismarckstr. 63
12169 Berlin
Fax: 011 49 30 844 90620


The City of Berlin Scholarship
is for children with parents who were either killed or whose health was permanently impaired due to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and helps pay the tuition for either a private or public college or university education.

Scholarship Information (English only, PDF, 209 KB)
Application Form (English only, PDF, 48 KB)
Application Form (English, .DOC, 73 KB)
2005-2014 Scholarship Report (English, PDF, 1.5 MB)



In accordance with the goals of the Foundation, this website has been created with accessibility for everyone in mind, including those with disabilities.  It adheres to the guidelines of the "Verordnung zur Schaffung barriererfreier Informationstechnik" (BITV).  (A "barrier-free" website.)