The TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation

Our Mission

Clean drinking water and a functioning energy supply are still not a matter of course in many parts of the world. Without functioning pipes and power lines, which, comparable to the arteries in the human body, bring water and energy to the people, a dignified life is not possible. Very often there is a lack of means and education to improve the sometimes catastrophic conditions.
Against this background, Dr. Helmut Rothenberger established the TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation in 2008, which today is committed to the sustainable common good of our society in the tradition of its founder.
TOOLS FOR LIFE has set itself the goal of connecting people in all regions of the world with the essential resources that are necessary for a healthy life. This includes the material supply of energy and water as well as the development of intangible resources such as education, training and coaching. Thus, TOOLS FOR LIFE has created a network of organisations and local partners in selected regions, which has built several educational institutions and water supply networks in recent years and still operates and maintains them today.


Life is not possible without water. Our mission is to connect people in all regions of the world with clean and drinkable water and basic sanitation.


Electricity is the life force of modernity. A modern society is not possible without electricity. Our mission is to provide people in all regions of the world with an efficient energy supply.


Education is considered the key to economic development and prosperity. Therefore it is all the more important to give everyone the chance of education.

Our Philosophy

In the spirit of "helping people to help themselves", TOOLS FOR LIFE wants to encourage, support and challenge people to take their fate into their own hands. With the ROTHENBERGER group of companies as a worldwide manufacturer of premium pipe tools and pipe processing machines, as well as machine tools and environmental technology, TOOLS FOR LIFE has a strong partner at its side who provides valuable help with products and the know-how of its employees.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for his life.

Confucius, Chinese Philosopher, 551 - 479 B.C.

With our know-how, our tools and our employees, we want to actively help people to help themselves in order to contribute to a better future and a healthier world.

Dr. Helmut Rothenberger

Founder of the TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation

Our Team

Dr. Sandra Rothenberger


Marion Ramm


Felix Gottschlich


The future lies in the hands of our children. Together with the TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation, we encourage and support children to help themselves at a young age! Please help us to do so!

Dr. Sandra Rothenberger

President of the TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation

Our statutes to download


We are committed to transparency

That is why we have joined the Transparent Civil Society Initiative. he TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation is committed to providing the public with the following information in a clear and up-to-date manner.

1. Name, registered office, address and year of incorporation

Dr. Helmut Rothenberger -Tools for Life Foundation
Legally responsible foundation of the civil ight,
Spessartstr. 2-4 D-65779 Kelkheim, Germany,
Founded in 2008

2. Complete Statutes and Information on the objectives of our organisation

The main task of the foundation is to promote efficient and sustainable water and energy supply, to promote the supply of clean and drinkable water, to support projects for the creation of sanitation measures within the framework of development cooperation.

3. Details of the tex cocession

Our work is very important for the promotion of development cooperation after the last received from the tax office Frankfurt am Main III (tax number 45/250/89077) of 08.06.2017 in accordance with section 5(1) no. 9 of the Körperschaftsteuergesetz (Corporation Tax Act) of corporation tax and, pursuant to Section 3 No. 6 of the Trade Tax Act, by Trade tax exempt.

4. Name and function of key decision makers

Dr. Helmut Rothenberger - Founder / Management Board / Vice President

Dr. Sandra Rothenberger - Executive Board/ Management Board / President

Dr. Sabine Rothenberger - Management Board / Supervision

Silvia Rothenberger - Management Board / supervision

The tasks of the Management Board are defined in §7 of the Statutes.

5. Activity report

to the Activity Report 2018

6. Personnel structure

Dr. Sandra Rothenberger - President
Marion Ramm - Administration
Felix Gottschlich- Project Manager
2019: Two volunteers

7. Information on the source of founds

to the Activity Report 2018 (p. 5)

8. Information on the use of funds

to the Activity Report 2018 (p. 5)

9. Affiliation with third parties under company law

The TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation is independent from third parties under company law.

10. Names of legal entities whose annual payments represent more than 10% of the total annual budget

There were no individual donations, which account for more than 10% of the total annual income.