Who we are
The early years
Cees Brouwer devoted his life to fight injustice and help refugees. He used his broad personal network to raise money. From 1956 this happened via Giro 999, a unique bank account number, which since has become an iconic brand in itself in the Netherlands. With his unwavering perseverance he managed to organise the very first nationwide fundraising campaign in 1966 that was broadcast live on television. Many more campaigns would follow.
The ad hoc nature of the fundraising efforts disappeared in 1976 with the establishment of Stichting Vluchtelingenhulp (the Aid for Refugees Foundation). In 1981 the organisation was rebranded to Stichting Vluchteling (the Refugee Foundation).
Your support makes a difference when it matters most
The Refugee Foundation is fiercely independent and relies heavily on support of individual donors. We can honestly say that, without our loyal donors, our work would not be possible. It is this support that allows us to respond immediately to emerging crises, develop and implement innovative solutions and be a vocal advocate for refugee rights. Will you join us and stand with refugees worldwide?
Good governance and rigorous scrutiny
Good governance and supervision are essential to maintain the high-quality standards of our aid. That is why we have clear rules and an active Supervisory Board.
The Supervisory Board consists of six members. The members are appointed in their personal capacity. The Supervisory Board appoints the Director and supervises the running of the organisation management. The Board also helps set the direction of the organisation and provides solicited and unsolicited advice.
Members of the Supervisory Board receive no remuneration, except reimbursement for any travel or other necessary expenses incurred. Members are appointed for four years, and this term may be renewed once.
Regulations and statutes
Together with our local and international partners we unlock international capacity and local potential in providing effective humanitarian relief and solutions in the world’s most complex emergencies.
For the Refugee Foundation, staff is the engine for success.
The Refugee Foundation had a team of 40 employees (37 fte) at the end of 2022.
- Team Internal Operations – 4,8 fte
- Team Programs & Policy – 14,1 fte
- Team Fundraising – 9,15 fte
- Team Communication – 8,7 fte