Finding Answers Globally

German fund imports U.S. ideas -- and also sends some back

In building the German company Bertelsmann into a global media giant, Reinhard Mohn recalls that "as soon as I did not understand a problem, I said, Who knows in the United States?"

Now, as president of the Bertelsmann Foundation, he is turning to America for ideas about philanthropy. Two years ago, Mr. Mohn was intrigued by the growing importance of community foundations in the United States. In response, he