Since 1954 we have supported cultural activities and projects that cross borders in wider Europe and that contribute to an open, inclusive and democratic society. We can continue doing this with the support of our Dutch and international partners.

Core partner

The Prins Bernhard Culture Fund is one of the largest cultural foundations in the Netherlands and supports a large number of cultural and educational initiatives each year.

The partnership between the European Cultural Foundation and the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund was initiated in the 1960s by HRH Prince Bernhard and continues until this date.

The European Cultural Foundation is grateful for the longstanding partnership with the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund. As a result of this partnership, the Foundation acknowledges the annual financial contribution – via the Cultuurfonds – from BankGiro Loterij and Nederlandse Loterij.

The Supervisory Board works closely with the management. Their responsibilities can be summarised as follows:

  • decide upon and evaluate the Foundation’s strategy, and prioritise its activities
  • evaluate the efficient use of the Foundation’s resources (approval of budget and Annual Report), and
  • appoint the Foundation’s Director, members of the Supervisory Board and the President

The Supervisory Board meets at least twice a year. It consists of a minimum of five and a maximum of twelve members, including a Treasurer, Chair and Vice-Chair. Both the Chair and the Vice-Chair act as the Foundation’s Vice-Presidents. The President is an Extraordinary Member of the Supervisory Board.

Members of the Supervisory Board are broadly representative of the wider Europe and of the disciplines and fields of activity related to our goals. They receive no remuneration for their activities on behalf of the Foundation but are entitled to reimbursement for the costs they incur in the performance of their duties. These reimbursements are listed and explained in the Annual Report.

Articles of Association of the European Cultural Foundation.

Supervisory Board

HRH Princess Laurentien of the NetherlandsNL
President of European Cultural Foundation and Extraordinary Member of the Board
Chair Ad Interim
Rien van GendtNL
Member of the Board of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, New York
Rob DefaresNL
Chief Executive Officer, IMC International Marketmakers Combination, The Netherlands
Isabel AlçadaPT
Writer, Counselor to the President of the Republic, former Minister of Education, Portugal
Florian DautilFR
Chief Operations and Impact Officer, Bayes Impact, France
Mária HlavajováSK
Artistic Director, BAK, Basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Gerry SaloleUK
Social Anthropologist
Andrea SilvestriIT
Managing Director, Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Cuneo, Italy
Rana Zincir CelalTR/CY
Independent consultant, former Exec. Director, Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity program (LSE), United Kingdom
Advisor representing Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
James KennedyUSA
Dean, University College Utrecht

Partners 2021

Funding Partners