DOEN Foundation

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Stichting DOEN
Focus Sustainable, cultural and social innovation
Area served
The Netherlands, worldwide programs
Method Grants, funding, lans, campaigns
Key people
Gert-Jan van der Vossen(chairman of the Supervisory board), Anneke Sipkens(CEO), Jasper Snoek (CFO)
30 million euro received as a net proceeds of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, BankGiro Lottery and FriendsLottery in 2012[1]
Mission To support a green, socially inclusive and creative society

The DOEN Foundation (in Dutch Stichting DOEN) is a Dutch foundation supporting initiatives in the field of culture and cohesion and in the field of green and inclusive economy. The focus of the foundation is on sustainable, cultural and social innovation. DOEN receives the net proceeds of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, BankGiro Lottery and FriendsLottery.


The DOEN Foundation was established by the Dutch Postcode Lottery in 1991 to pursue the same objectives as the lottery (people and nature) and to complement the lottery’s work.[2] In 1998 the foundation starts receiving an annual contribution from the FriendsLottery (former SponorBingo Lottery); and in 2004 it received annual contributions from the BankGiro Lottery. At the beginning of its mandate the foundation supported development cooperation, human rights, nature and the environment; since 2006 its focus also includes social cohesion.


The foundation activities are framed within two themes

  1. Culture and cohesion. This themes is implemented specific programs.[3] The program International media and culture supports culture in East, West and North Africa and in particular in Mali, Tunisia and Uganda. DOEN Foundation also supports in collaboration with Hivos the program Arts Collaboratory and it is part of the Arterial Network. The programs Social role of culture, Social design and New meeting places support initiatives in the Netherlands (including Aruba, Curaçao, Saint Martin and the BES Islands).
  2. Green and inclusive economy. This theme is implemented through programs in the field of sustainable energy, designing a new economy and social entrepreneurship.[4]


  1. ^ Visited 10/05/2013
  2. ^ History of the DOEN Foundation
  3. ^ Description of the theme Culture and cohesion on the DOEN Foundation website
  4. ^ Description of the theme Green and inclusive economy on the DOEN Foundation website


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