Friends of Goethe

Friends of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC (FOGI)

Friends of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC (FOGI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to promote and assist the mission of the Goethe-Institut. Through its support, FOGI enhances the activities of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC and promotes these activities in the region.

The Goethe-Institut's initiatives cannot come to fruition without the bedrock financial support from the Friends of the Goethe-Institut, our nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Please consider making a generous tax-deductible year-end donation to further our work. As always, 100% of your donation is applied directly to projects to further transatlantic cultural dialogue and ensure the continuation of deep and fruitful relations between the United States and Germany.
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Donors will receive a letter thanking them for their tax-deductible contribution.
Levels of Membership and Donation Amounts
Student $30
Individual $45
Family $75
Additional Donation  
Inner Circle
Frankfurt Circle $150+
Berlin Circle $500+
Weimar Circle $750+
Corporate Contributor $1,000+

Please contact us for further information (see below). You may also print out and mail in your membership application.  Friends of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC
1990 K St. NW, Suite 03
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: +1 (202) 847-4700
Fax: +1 (202) 847-4727
Members of "Friends of Goethe" (FOGI) provide valuable support for the work of the Goethe-Institut Washington, enjoy a broad spectrum of cultural events and may take advantage of many other additional benefits, including:
  • Invitations to special Goethe-Institut events
  • Free or reduced admission to films, concerts, and lectures sponsored by Goethe-Institut and its partner organizations
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Invitations to German-language events
10% Language Course Discount
The Goethe-Institut offers a 10% discount on language classes to all current members of Friends of the Goethe-Institut.
Email for more information.

Area Discounts

Old Europe
2434 Wisconsin Ave. NW

15% off lunch or dinner (excluding tax and gratuity)

Since opening its doors in 1948, Old Europe Restaurant has become a true landmark in Washington D.C. The food is well prepared, beautifully presented and authentically German. Customers are greeted and served by waitresses dressed in traditional German Dirndls. Old Europe offers an extensive selection of fine German wines as well as excellent imported German beers.

Café Berlin
322 Massachusetts Ave. NE

10% off lunch or dinner (excluding tax and gratuity)

Café Berlin has been serving authentic German and traditional cuisine on Capitol Hill since 1985. The traditional dishes are authentically prepared with lighter touch by chefs with extensive experience in German cuisine. Its front yard serves as a patio for outdoor dining in warm weather. The interior features a small bar and two cozy dining rooms. The restaurant is located within a short walking distance of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol. 

Café Mozart
1331 H St. NW

Buy one entree, get one for 50% off

Café Mozart is a German restaurant and deli. Live piano and accordion music are highlights, along with their store selling freshly-made and imported German foods.

Weygandt Wines
3519 Connecticut Ave. NW

15% off any non-sale wine

Importing since 1987, Peter Weygandt has built an international reputation for the quality of his selections and his portfolio of top “boutique” French wines. In recent years he has expanded his portfolio to include Italian, German, Austrian, Australian, and Spanish wines, with more than 100 producers in all. Peter’s imports are a near constant feature of top wine journals, and Peter himself has appeared in Time, The New York Times, Business Monthly, and Food and Wine, among others. 

Inner Circle Benefits

Members of our Inner Circle of supporters enjoy the following additional benefits: 
  • Recognition in the Goethe-Institut cultural events calendar 
  • Invitations to additional special events 
  • Weimar Circle and Corporate Members receive an invitation good for two people to a dinner with one of the eminent lecturers or artists appearing at the Goethe-Institut 
  • Weimar Circle and Corporate members receive a discount on the use our public spaces at Goethe-Institut annually for an appropriate private event
Deutsch am Mittag

During this series, participants are invited to bring their lunch and join us for a presentation and discussion in German only. After twenty minutes for lunch, a topic of interest from German culture, history, or contemporary affairs will be presented (15-20 minutes), in German, by a selected speaker. Discussion on the topic will take up the last 20 to 30 minutes of the Mittagstisch.

Deutsch am Mittag is open to all who wish to hear or speak German.

Tickets are $5. No charge for Friends of the Goethe-Institut.

Beverages and sweets are provided.

See upcoming Deutsch am Mittag topics and dates under the "Events" button.
  • Marion Deshmukh, President 
  • John Schmitz, Vice President 
  • Willy A. Flegel, Secretary
  • Michael Brenner
  • Martin Dean
  • Dieter Dettke
  • William Gilcher
  • Dale Medearis
  • Amanda Sheffer
  • Andreas Stroehl
Board Policies
FOGI would like to thank the following Friends for their especially generous support:
  • Jean Abel and Jürgen Zilling 
  • Caroline Esche 
  • Marianne Ginsburg 
  • Bill and Myra Hillburg 
  • John Loth 
  • Christa McClure 
  • Darlene Smucny 
  • Thomas Zielke