Your legacy for the future

We believe in the best of people, in the power of hope, curiosity and optimism.


Europe rose from the ashes after WWII. It is easy to forget why the European Union was created in the first place: peace through sharing. But coal and steel was not enough to keep it together. Our founding fathers passionately believed that culture is the key to build a united Europe. They wanted for you to feel proudly European, to feel that you can live, express yourself, work and dream freely, in diversity and harmony.

Europe itself is unique. Many different languages, cultural habits, collective memories, beliefs and perspectives coexist close to each other. Being European means to make the most of this variety and diversity.

Europe has changed over the past decades, constantly facing new challenges.

Our belief remains the same: that culture is the antidote to polarisation and divide and that culture is the key that helps us discover what we have in common with each other.

Our work remains the same: to bring people together across borders and to make sure that culture and cultural policies remain high on the European political agenda.

Thousands of artists and cultural workers have crossed European borders through our programmes over the past decades. If you add to this the millions of Erasmus students (a programme we took part in setting up) who have had the chance to study abroad, you can imagine the amount of European experiences and memories that have already taken place.

A lot of the things that we believe in are at stake: identity, democracy, freedom and the future of a European model. We believe in the best of people, in the power of hope, curiosity and optimism, in diversity and freedom.

This work takes time. We will need continued support to prevent that people, communities and countries end up living in isolation from each other, due to lacking opportunities to develop and connect. We cannot risk to lose momentum in the future.

If you think you can help and want to talk to someone about how to mention ECF in your testament, please contact Gunilla Redelius.

Information for the notary

European Cultural Foundation has its registered office in Amsterdam, at Jan van Goyenkade 5. Our registration number at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce is: 41199699