The TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation

Our Mission

Clean drinking water and a functioning energy supply can still not be taken for granted in many parts of the world. Water pipes and power lines are a lot like arteries in the human body. Access to water and energy is fundamental to human dignity. Very often there is a lack of means and education to improve the sometimes catastrophic conditions.

It is with this realization that Dr. Helmut Rothenberger launched TOOLS FOR LIFE in 2008, a foundation dedicated to striving for the common good.

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 organizations 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 even more important to give everyone the chance for 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 Mitchell


Felix Gottschlich

Project Manager

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 statute to download


We are committed to transparency

That is why we have joined the Transparent Civil Society Initiative (Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft). The 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 law,
Spessartstr. 2-4, 65779 Kelkheim, Germany,
Founded in 2008

2. Complete statute and information on the objectives of our organization

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

3. Details of the tax concession

Our work is exempt from corporate income tax under Section 5 (1) No. 9 of the German Corporate Income Tax Act and from trade tax under Section 3 No. 6 of the German Trade Tax Act due to the promotion of development cooperation according to the last notice of exemption we received from the Frankfurt am Main III tax office (tax number 45/250/89077) dated 22 June 2020.

4. Name and function of key decision makers

Dr. Helmut Rothenberger - Founder / Management Board

Dr. Sandra Rothenberger - Executive Board/ Management Board

Dr. Sabine Rothenberger - Management Board / Supervision

Silvia Rothenberger - Management Board / Supervision

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

5. Activity report

to the Activity Report 2021

6. Personnel structure

Dr. Sandra Rothenberger - President
Marion Mitchell - Administration
Felix Gottschlich- Project Manager

2019: Two volunteers

7. Information on the source of funds

to the Activity Report 2021 (p. 5)

8. Information on the use of funds

to the Activity Report 2021 (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 individual donations by Dr. Helmut Rothenberger Holding, which account for more than 10% of the total annual income.