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

      The number of people who feel a connection with the themes of Wageningen University & Research and want to express this has remained the same this year. However, the number of initiatives by third parties and the resulting funding have grown. It is good to see that individuals and groups of people are increasingly motivated to become directly involved by taking action on their own.

      In the 100x100 campaign with the slogan “Share your story, support a project”, we requested a contribution to five different anniversary projects in the context of 100 years WUR. Nearly 600 people donated more than €40,000. Alumni and others were also able to share a memory or anniversary wish for the university on a special website. WUR alumni and students provided 70 stories: some of the longer ones have been shared on the 100 years WUR website.

      The crowdfunding platform had a quiet year with three projects. The student team for the iGEM competition was the most successful. They received crowdfunding for 98% of their financial goal, which enabled them to fund their portable detection device for tropical illnesses. They even performed well in the competition finale in Boston, USA. They won several of the other prizes.

      Anne van den Ban Fund
      The Anne van den Ban Fund received €161,000 in private donations in 2017. This fund of University Fund Wageningen provides promising students from developing countries with the opportunity to participate in degree programmes at WUR by providing study grants. The power of this fund lies in the special combination of supporting talented students with their personal story and contributing to the development of their home country through the knowledge and experience that students bring back with them. In 2017, the fund received recognition on its 25-year anniversary, during which the first student recipient of the fund, Dr Rose Mongi, was interviewed. She wrote the annual letter to the donors, which contained her story and a call to support the fund. The anniversary was celebrated with a gathering for donors and former board members.

      Belmonte Arboretum Fund
      The Belmonte Arboretum Fund is quite pleased with the growing number of donors. With this fund, UFW supports the former, scientific botanical garden in Wageningen. In 2017, the number of donors with standing order donations or multi-year gifts to this fund has risen again. The fund received a total of over 900 gifts in 2017. A special promotion organised by the local residents near the garden in collaboration with the volunteers yielded many new donors. Examples of the donations collected: the donations from the participants of the 50th anniversary reunion who started at Wageningen in 1967 and a collection in honour of the departure of Tijs Breukink, a member of the WUR Executive Board, in 2017.

      Food for Thought Campagne
      Last year, several projects from the Food for Thought campaign were successfully completed, including the Phosphate project and the Solarmal project. Thanks to research conducted in the Solarmal project, a flytrap was developed based on recreating human body odour, thus providing an effective, environmentally friendly, and poison-free solution for combating malaria mosquitos. The research into phosphate provided insight into better methods for utilising the available phosphate in the soil. Crop selection, modifying the fertilisation strategy, and improving biological activity in the soil all improve phosphate utilisation.

      Mission and goals - Policy and Strategy 2016-2018

      Policy and Strategy 2016-2018
      In the years to come, WUR will benefit from the further expansion of its service offerings for alumni, thus enabling it to meet the needs of the university as well as of alumni in various phases of their career, in the Netherlands and internationally. A campaign like “Food for Thought” illustrates the growing trend in national and international business towards “philanthropically” motivated private gifts for socially relevant research.

      The university will strive to further professionalise its fundraising in the future. It is expected that third party contributions will have an ever-increasing role, especially for projects that are not priorities of government policy or that serve no direct business interest. As anticipated, this is resulting in an increase in the social importance of charitable goals. The collaboration between UFW, WUR and KLV will play an important role in this and has been formalised in the joint cost account, which is expected to result in a two-year extension in 2018.

      The most important collective aims are:

      a) Exchange of knowledge: 
      Facilitating knowledge and talent development in the Wageningen domain. UFW does this by organising activities to keep people informed of developments and providing access to knowledge within the Wageningen domain - for, by, and with alumni. In this context, workshops and lectures are organised for students.

      b) Network organisation: 
      Developing and providing a lively network of alumni relations and stakeholders in the Wageningen domain. UFW brings socially relevant topics to the attention of alumni, donors, and other partners and facilitates connections between alumni through activities such as alumni gatherings in the Netherlands and abroad. 

      c) Support: 
      Providing support, in the form of time and money, for WUR activities and activities that support the WUR mission. UFW recruits and retains members and raises gifts for things like educational grants, research funding, or named funds. To this end, UFW manages 28 funds and handles the project management of the fundraising for specific and general gifts.

      The primary aim of UFW continues to be raising donations from alumni and friends of WUR. Support from international alumni networks is also in line with the needs of international graduates and can contribute to the international name and reputation of WUR. Of course, UFW will continue to cherish and strengthen the long-lasting connection which all interested persons have with the foundation.

      Mission and goal for 2016
      University Fund Wageningen serves the general interest of the organisation and is a non-profit. Donations to the university fund aim to promote the growth and prosperity of WUR. The fund aims to do this by:

      contributing to improving the name recognition of the university
      stimulating international student activities
      encouraging contact between international and Dutch students
      rewarding excellence
      drawing attention to the importance of educational and research quality at WUR
      contributing to academic expansion and innovation at the university.

      What does this mean in more concrete terms?

      University Fund Wageningen is defining these objectives by:

      rewarding excellence and special achievements by awarding prizes to students, lecturers, employees, and people active within the Wageningen domain
      ensuring that new monetary gifts are raised for general use and for funding the existing named funds as well as research projects
      establishing and supporting named funds for the funding of specific charities and initiatives
      providing project management for all named funds and ground-breaking educational and research projects, which would otherwise be unable to exist at the university.

      Annual reports

      For the annual reports, see our Dutch website.

      Year plan 2018

      Three primary objectives will be the focus for 2018: 
      1) Making an integral contribution to the 100 years WUR anniversary programme with the UFW work organisation
      2) Higher efficiency of national and international fundraising
      3) A reorientation of the 2020 strategy of KLV Wageningen Alumni Network, the Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences.

      In multiple domains, the UFW work organisation is actively involved in various programme components of the anniversary. This resulted in a worldwide reunion for alumni, which took place in both Wageningen and, as anticipated, in many locations around the world on 23 June 2018.

      These activities of the anniversary programme are primarily intended to keep all relations, students, employees, alumni, and donors connected with WUR.

      The fundraising is focused on supporting activities throughout the anniversary year. We are also creatively and critically looking at how events such as regional alumni gatherings and the Wereldlezingen (World lectures) can be linked to the anniversary programme. The purpose of this is to mobilise and use the available capacity of the work organisation as effectively as possible.

      Special attention will also be paid to international fundraising via foundations and through the expansion of the international alumni network into the United States and Belgium. In 2018, the recalibration of KLV will be better defined by detailing multiple scenarios for its long-term future.


      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. Richard Visser, qq Dean of Sciences, Wageningen University & Research
      Prof.dr. Richard Visser, 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

      Dr.ir. Peter Reinders, Wageningen Ambassadors
      Dr.ir. Peter Reinders, 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.