Welcome to Mein Grundeinkommen

Frequently Asked Questions

What is "Mein Grundeinkommen"?

"Mein Grundeinkommen" is a Berlin based non-profit organization that crowdfunds and raffles off unconditional basic incomes (UBI). We started giving away UBIs in 2014. As of today, more than 1,500 UBIs have been paid out. More than 3.8 million people have signed up to be able to participate in our raffles. More than 200,000 people support us with their donations every month.

What is "Pilotprojekt Grundeinkommen"?

"Pilotprojekt Grundeinkommen" is the largest independent academic research project into the effects of UBI in Germany. Starting in August 2020, our renowned academic research partners have selected 1,500 participants in total for this ground-breaking study. 120 participants in the treatment group receive 1,200 € per month for a total of three years. The study is the first one to be entirely financed by private crowdfunding - it does not rely on state funding.  

Why are we doing this?

Unconditional basic income is not a static concept, but one that needs to be experienced and discussed. We are interested in finding out what happens if we, as a society, have the financial resources to focus on our life-goals rather than on existential needs. We would like to encourage people to trust each other more and indulge in more self-determination. We are taking the basic income discussion beyond academia and into our everyday experience.

Can I participate in the project?

Yes, please! We encourage people from all over the world to take part in our regular raffles at “Mein Grundeinkommen” and support our project. Please use online tools like Google Translate to read our website in your preferred language.

Participation in our “Pilotprojekt Grundeinkommen” academic study is limited to people with a registered home address within Germany.

How can I participate in the raffle?

In order to participate in the raffle, the following steps are necessary:

1. Register on our website by clicking "Anmelden" (meaning to set up an account) on our homepage and entering your e-mail address and a nickname (if you win, this will be the name popularly highlighted on our website).

2. Once we announce a new raffle on our website and via our newsletter, you have to log into your profile and confirm your participation in the raffle.

3. After your confirmation was successful you will find your personal batch number in your profile.

4. You can find out whether you won by watching our livestream on the day of the raffle. If you won, we will inform you via email shortly after.

Anyone is eligible to participate in the raffle. However, in order to register, you must be over 14 years old. Younger children can participate via their parent’s account. They will receive their own batch number for the raffle.

How can I support the project?

There are many ways to support us. If you wish to donate to our project, please use the PayPal link or the bank transfer details in the footer of this page.

Our aim is to spur the global discussion and motivate you to talk about UBI with as many people as possible. You can support us by asking your family and friends: What would you do if you received an unconditional basic income? We promise, you will get the most inspiring and interesting answers.

You can also engage by interacting on “Mein Grundeinkommen” social media channels as linked in the footer of this page. For our “Pilotprojekt Grundeinkommen” study, please find all social media links in the footer of this page.

Can I report about "Mein Grundeinkommen" on the media?

You're very welcome to write articles about us, shoot movies, interview us or produce podcasts. We welcome journalists and TV teams to our office at any time. To get in touch about our regular raffles, please contact presse@mein-grundeinkommen.de. If you want to learn more about the “Pilotprojekt Grundeinkommen” study, please contact presse@pilotprojekt-grundeinkommen.de.

I want to start a similar project in my own country. Where can I get help?

We want to pass on our knowledge about how to implement similar projects all over the world. If you are thinking about launching a crowdfunding project like ours in your country, we are happy to support you. Don't hesitate to write an email to support@mein-grundeinkommen.de.

What is an "unconditional basic income"?

In our raffles, we distinguish between two types of basic income. One is called Utopian Basic Income and consists of 1,000 euros per month for one year. In 2023, we added a so-called Realistic Basic Income of up to 1,200 euros per month for three years, depending on income.

"Unconditional" means that every human being can win, regardless of their age, gender, nationality or income. A donation to "Mein Grundeinkommen" is not a prerequisite for participating in the raffle. The winners are free to use the money without any expectations from our side.

If you have any general questions about "Mein Grundeinkommen", don't hesitate to write an e-mail to support@mein-grundeinkommen.de.