About University Fund Wageningen

Since 1951, University Fund Wageningen (UFW) contributes to activities that make a difference for the students and for Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

Since 1951, University Fund Wageningen (UFW) contributes to activities that make a difference for the students and for Wageningen University & Research (WUR). UFW connects people, ideas and funds to contribute to the prosperity of the university. That is why the fund invests in the strengthening of the contacts between WUR and her alumni, businesses and relevant social organisations.

UFW contributes to the rewarding and stimulation of excellent education and research in Wageningen, is committed to the scientific and cultural heritage of the university and passes down knowledge through well-attended events. Furthermore, UFW sponsors the development of students and facilitates scholarships for international students.

Do you feel affinity with Wageningen and do you want to contribute to the mission of UFW?
The board of UFW invites companies, alumni, employees, students, professors and other people concerned to financially support one of her funds. Do you have questions or suggestions or do you want to contribute to our mission, as friend or alumnus? We would love to discuss the possibilities.

      Results achieved in 2019

      As always, we worked hard this year to facilitate unique research projects, grant scholarships and awards to promising talents, and maintain life-long connections with more than 55,000 alumni from Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

      In the Annual Report 2019 we share stories that demonstrate our results and let the people who benefit most from our efforts and the support of our donors speak for themselves. In this framework, Anne van den Ban Fund student Alex Ogelo shares his dream of becoming a meteorologist in his home country of Kenya, alumna Annemarie van Zaayen explains why she has included the University Fund in her will, and various alumni tell us why they like to give back to their alma mater. Moreover, our figures illustrate how much effect we have actually had, the award pages feature all winners from the past year, and our student section underlines how we supported students to prepare for their careers.

      Not all of our results are presented clearly in words, which is why the infographics below are also included in the annual report.

      Infographic I
      Infographic I

      The world map shows our commitment to international alumni community. In China, the first two regional Alumni Chapters were launched in Wuhan and Nanjing in late 2019, in the presence of Rector Magnificus Arthur Mol. The intention is to expand this in the coming years with other regional Sub Chapters in China. Also, the cooperation in the 4TU federation in the Dutch Engineers Alumni Network (DEAN) continued and expanded for countries relevant to WUR.

      In addition to international activities, we organized meetings for WUR alumni in the Netherlands. Besides 10 regional meetings, the first Alumni Open Day took place on 5 October, during the Dutch Weekend of Science, with more than 350 participants. The Alumni Open Day will be organized annually on the Saturday afternoon of the Weekend of Science.

      Infographic II
      Infographic II

      In 2019, we paid extra attention to attracting donors, which led to an increase in both the total number of donors and the number of regular donors. Extra attention was also paid to bequests, which has been translated into a number of pledges and concrete legacies that can be used for research and student grants.
      We also worked hard on preparations and composition of the Fundamental Change campaign. A beautiful website is developed for this campaign on which we outline a range of projects to which philanthropic partners can contribute. The first donations for projects from the campaign were raised for the REEFolution and Artic Marine Litter projects. REEFolution uses knowledge developed in Wageningen to repair damaged coral reefs off the coast of East Africa and thus restore their ecological value as well as the economic value for the local population. In the Artic Marine Litter project, Wageningen researchers are trying to reduce marine plastic pollution in the Arctic by tracing the sources of pollution and identifying causes and solutions by engaging local stakeholders and experts.

      On several occasions we acted as a mediator, for instance our involvement in acquiring a financial contribution by the DOEN Foundation for the appointment of artist in residence Arne Hendriks within the protein transition program, a substantial contribution from a foreign foundation for research into new protein sources and the nomination of WUR Personal Chair Professor in soil biology Gerlinde de Deyn for the GroundBreaker Award from the FoodShot Global platform (USD 250,000), which she was presented with.

      Mission, vision and strategy 2019-2022

      Both the mission and the vision of UFW were still up to date in 2019 and serve as the basis of the new strategy. However, UFW's strategy itself needs to be updated because of developments in the areas of alumni policy, the changing world of philanthropy in which philanthropists increasingly want to be actively involved in the goal they support and the fact that WUR is more visible as an organisation that operates and invests in, among other things, value creation.

      Reaching, mobilising and (in the long term/permanently) connecting (engaging, retaining) parties involved in the domain of WUR: healthy nutrition and environment. This mission of UFW is closely linked to the domain in which WUR and many of its alumni operate. As such, UFW contributes to the quality of this domain for society and as a stategic investment in retaining support for and creating a breeding ground for a flourishing WUR. UFW can contribute to developments in the area of new ways of teaching.

      The vision of UFW describes the level of ambition for the institution for the years ahead. From its independent and autonomous position, UFW contributes to a transfer of knowledge, talent, time and means to strengthen the social role of WUR and its alumni. It does so university-wide (One Wageningen: university and research institutes) for all scientific disciplines. For the alumni and donors, UFW is important as an autonomous point of contact, recognisable and connected to WUR.

      Read the full Strategy document 2019-2020 with the new developments and spearheads for the years ahead.

      Annual report

      Click here for our Annual Report UFW 2019

      For the prior versions of the annual reports and financial statements, please refer to our Dutch website.

      Year plan 2019

      The following objectives will be the primary focus in 2019:

      1) Increasing income from fundraising (both national and international)
      2) Securing philanthropic, long-term, strategic partners
      3) An international alumni policy and converting the general alumni policy into a policy focused on target-groups
      4) Professionalising internal systems and processes for fundraising and relationship management

      While the fundraising in 2018 was primarily focused on supporting activities during the anniversary year, 2019 provides us with more time to focus on named funds and long-term projects, which are made possible through loyal and committed donors.

      UFW will also concentrate on enabling impactful research at WUR for the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations: concrete objectives for 2030 that can only be achieved through collaboration. We will collaborate with governmental bodies, businesses, NGOs, and other research institutions, while also working together more closely and more often with philanthropic partners who want to use their knowledge, influence, and capacity to contribute to solutions for the great issues of the present day. In doing so, the UFW will focus specifically on international partners and engaging in relevant long-term relationships.

      In its relationship with alumni, the UFW aims to work towards an approached focused on the target group which enables us to better respond to the needs and wishes associated with the specific life stages of alumni. Due to an increasing number of international alumni chapters as well as a growing international alumni population, international alumni policy will also be a priority area for the upcoming year.

      Finally, collaboration with WUR can be further reinforced by continuing to professionalise internal processes and systems for relationship management, fundraising, and fund management.


      The board of University Fund Wageningen (UFW), legally a continuation of Wageningen University Fund (WUF), consists of:

      Ir. Jan Karel Mak, chairman University Fund Wageningen
      Ir. Jan Karel Mak, chairman University Fund Wageningen

      Prof.dr.ir. Louise O. Fresco, qq Executive Board Wageningen University & Research;
      Prof.dr.ir. Louise O. Fresco, qq Executive Board Wageningen University & Research;

      Prof.dr.ir. Wouter Hendriks, qq Dean of Sciences, Wageningen University & Research
      Prof.dr.ir. Wouter Hendriks, qq Dean of Sciences, Wageningen University & Research

      Ir. Jules van Berlo, treasurer
      Ir. Jules van Berlo, treasurer

      Dr. ir. Han Swinkels, qq KLV Wageningen Alumni Network
      Dr. ir. Han Swinkels, qq KLV Wageningen Alumni Network

      Ir. Ronald van der Giessen, Wageningen Ambassadors
      Ir. Ronald van der Giessen, Wageningen Ambassadors

      Bank data and charitable status

      IBAN: NL57ABNA0539314005
      BIC: ABNANL2a
      in the name of University Fund Wageningen

      Chamber of Commerce: 41047850
      Fiscal/ANBI number:

      University Fund Wageningen is a registered charity in the Netherlands (ANBI). Gifts to the fund are often tax-deductible, including gifts from abroad. Please check the fiscal laws of your country of residence for details on the tax deductibility of your gift. Donors based in the USA can give in a tax-efficient way through the American friends of Wageningen University at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). For larger gifts, such as a periodic donation or an inheritance with a minimum of €50,000, several options are possible, including the establishment of a Named Fund. Donations to UFW allow for a contribution to, for example, scholarships, research projects or cultural & academic heritage.

      Do you need advice on your donation or would you like to know more? Please contact arianne.vanballegooij@wur.nl.

      KLV Wageningen Alumni Network

      UFW values the bond with her alumni. For that reason, alumni can stay in contact with each other through several means, one of them being KLV, the alumni-association of the university, which has over 8.000 members. Wageningen graduates, students and other professionals with affinity for the WUR are more than welcome to join.