Keeping it human..
Who we are and where we come from.
60 years of experience
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are former candidates
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When Horst Will founded ifp in 1964, he was one of the pioneers of a young industry in its infancy. Today, the institute is one of the oldest and most established recruiting companies for executives in the German-speaking world.
The WORK4YOU project is an initiative of the Don-Bosco-Club in Cologne-Mülheim. Since 1968, the club has been providing effective and committed care for children and young people from difficult social backgrounds who have not had the good fortune of growing up in stable families in a supportive environment. Since January 2016, a pedagogical team has been supporting these young people with 24/7 care in an effort to strengthen their abilities and self-confidence, thereby making an important contribution to their integration into society and the job market. In 2019, we supported the project for the first time with a donation and are now proud to be able to make an effective contribution to their continued efforts.
Aimed at socially deprived youth with disadvantaged educational backgrounds, RheinFlanke has operated as a mobile welfare support for youth since 2006. The RheinFlanke non-profit GmbH was first established in 2006 under the name “Köln Kickt”. Today, its programmes are offered beyond the city limits of Cologne at six other locations along the Rhine. Local RheinFlanke branches are active in Bonn, Düsseldorf, Meckenheim, Grevenbroich, Bedburg and Bornheim. In 2014, Berlin became the latest location beyond NRW to offer this programme. Thirty-two staff members, temporary staff and volunteers reach some 1,200 children and adolescents each week.
Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
In 1987, founded on Cologne’s historical background, a concert society was established to support the Gürzenich Orchestra. In the 90s, ifp was involved in establishing a Board of Trustees. Cooperating with other members, it has continued to be responsible for sponsoring soloists and promoting both the talent and the performances and recordings of the Gürzenich Orchestra chamber concerts.
ARD International Music Competition
The ARD Music Competition, held annually in Munich, is one of the largest international music competitions of its kind, attracting young musicians from all over the world. Many of today’s world famous artists have been able to use their award as a springboard for their careers, including, to name just a few: Jessye Norman, Francisco Araiza, Mitsuko Uchida, Thomas Quasthoff, Yuri Bashmet, Christian Tetzlaff, Sharon Kam, Heinz Holliger, Peter Sadlo and Maurice André. Since 2006, ifp has promoted this competition with a special prize for finalists.
The Cologne literature house for youth (Stiftung junges Literaturhaus Köln)
As a founding sponsor, ifp has been supporting the work of the Junges Literaturhaus and the communication of contemporary literature to young people through workshops and readings since 2007. The aim is to put this still young institution on a secure financial footing in the long term.
Ifp is an active member in the Köln Musik e. V. Board of Trustees. Since the 90s, we have ensured that tickets can be offered at a reasonable price, even for the most sought-after concerts. We offer equal support to both innovative music series and the commissioning of works by aspiring composers.
Master Plan City Center Cologne
Since 2006, together with the association Unternehmer für die Region Köln e.V, (Entrepreneurs in the Cologne Region), ifp has been a sponsor of the Masterplan Innenstadt. We have actively promoted and supported the city planning framework concept, aiming to continuously improve the design and functionality of the city of Cologne.