It’s with great sadness that we share with you that our founder Ies van der Sluijs has passed away in the early morning of January 20th in the presence of his wife, son and one of his grandsons. Ies has lived his life to the fullest, working very hard to become a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. Today at his funeral, friends and family recollected his strong sense of honesty, loyalty towards his employees, intelligence, stubbornness and his will to ‘give back’ and share his wealth. Ies will be missed, but we will carry on his mission.
We are happy to announce that today we raised our first funds. With these funds we will be able to support a number of organisations or social enterprises working towards improving (access to education). We have been talking to a large number of organisations so far, and hope to be able to announce our first partnership over the next few months.
We aim to preserve our capital by investing and lending our money, so it can be re-used to grow our positive social impact over the years to come.
We have some great news to share: the Vanderes Foundation has secured the status of a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO, better known as ANBI in the Netherlands). This status allows Dutch donors to enjoy certain tax benefits. For more details (in Dutch), check out the website of the “Belastingdienst” (the Dutch Tax Authorities).
The ANBI-status is only granted to organisations that focus at least 90% of their efforts on the general good. The Vanderes Foundation meets that requirement with our goal of ‘improving education and access to education’. And we actually believe that our goal is not solemnly a general good, but a basic human right for everyone on this planet. Now that we have the ANBI-status secured, we can get started and make sure more and more people get access to good quality education!
Well, we actually already did start with fundraising, so we expect the first funds to be in before the end of the year. If you are interested in donating as well, please get in touch.
Izak van der Sluijs was born in 1930 in the Netherlands. He was ten years old when the second world war broke out and spent half of his teenage years living in an occupied country. He grew up to become a successful entrepreneur, but experienced poverty first hand. His late wife Mies van der Sluijs, to whom he was married for 50 years before she passed away, used to tell her grandchildren: “You can lose everything in life, but no one can take your education away.” Now that Mr. Van der Sluijs has reached the respectable age of 87, he decided to create a foundation to help improve education and access to education, as he believes the future of our world is in the hands of our youth.
Education has been recognized to be one of the more successful keys to eradicate poverty. Let’s look at a couple of facts about education:
- According to Unesco, about 263 million children and youth are out of school.
- In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%.
- Each additional year of maternal education helps reduce the child mortality rate by 2%.
- Educated girls and women are less vulnerable to HIV infection, humantrafficking and other forms of exploitation and more likely to marry later and have fewer children. An education can help decrease the spreading of infectious diseases.
- To ensure all children complete first and secondary education, the world needs almost 69 million new teachers.
We are currently in the process of applying for our ANBI (Dutch abbreviation for: Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling) status which would allow for Dutch donors to donate tax free. As soon as we get this status awarded we will raise our first funds and start investing in our first projects. We have been contacting a number of interesting educational projects around the world.
If you know any projects we should look at, or if you have any questions, please reach out to us via the contact form at the bottom of this page.