For almost 70 years, the German Clothing Foundation has been collecting, sorting and distributing used and new clothing, shoes, household linen and accessories as a non-profit organization. Founded in 1957 as Spangenberg Sozialwerk e.V., it initially gained nationwide attention through collections with church congregations. With the establishment of the foundation in 2012, the organization then successfully pursued an opening, broader positioning and increased visibility in order to better still fulfill its charitable goals in the face of changing challenges. With the donations of clothing and the proceeds from recycling, it supports clothing stores and social projects in Germany and abroad. One focus is on projects in Eastern Europe, for example in Albania or Ukraine. Here, in various project models, needy people can benefit directly from free clothing distributions or receive funding for social commitment through the sale of second-hand clothing. The German Clothing Foundation is a member of FairWertung e.V.. The umbrella organization is the nationwide association of non-profit organizations that collect used textiles. Since 1994, FairWertung has been working to strengthen charitable clothing collections, transparency in the used clothing market and responsible handling of donated textiles. The members of the umbrella organization have developed common standards for high-quality collection and initial handling of clothing donations. The clothing foundation implements these. The standards ensure responsible and gentle handling of clothing donations. The members of the umbrella organization take a critical look at the consequences and effects of the climate crisis. Thus, in the network of FairWertung e.V., the German Clothing Foundation advocates sustainable consumption and a transition to a true circular economy for textiles at various social and political levels and in diverse formats. In recent years in particular, the foundation has also established itself as a social enterprise in the areas of trade as well as used clothing collection and sorting for third-party providers. In these areas, future-oriented topics and issues come into play in particular.