About University Fund Wageningen

Since 1951, the 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 the 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, the UFW sponsors the development of students and facilitates scholarships for international students.

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.

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 our 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 at Wageningen University & Research and want to express this, is growing. There has been an increase in the number of University Fund Wageningen donors, from 2,288 in 2015 to 2,589 in 2016. The number of initiatives by third parties and the resulting funding have also grown. It is good to see that individuals and groups of people are increasingly motivated to show their direct involvement by taking action on their own.

      Last year, UFW began a crowdfunding pilot. Since then, five studies have already obtained funding from this crowdfunding platform. Two new named funds have been established as well: the Marina van Damme Fonds and the Gijsbert Oomen Fonds. This brings the total number of named funds under the UFW to 29. The creation of the Marina van Damme Fonds stems from the 4TU Federation (association of the 4 Dutch technical universities) that was founded last year. The University of Twente, Delft University of Technology, and Eindhoven University of Technology already have Marina van Damme grants or funds in place, focused on supporting female engineers and doctorate recipients. With the 4TU Federation, Marina van Damme also decided to support talented, female WUR alumni in taking the next step in their careers.

      The Anne van den Ban Fonds raised a total of 178,000 euros in 2016. This fund enables promising students from developing countries to participate in degree programmes at Wageningen University & Research by providing study grants. Over the past 25 years, 268 students have already received support from this fund. The power of this fund lies in the special combination of supporting a talented student with their own, personal story and contributing to the development of their home country through the knowledge and experience that the student brings back with them.
      A special contribution to the Anne van den Ban Fonds came from “our” own students this year. During the Algemene Introductie Dagen (general orientation days), they participated in the project Small Change for a Big Change, in which they dedicated themselves to supporting other students. These types of projects help students become conscious of the importance of philanthropy for WUR. In this specific case that meant making it possible for other students to study at WUR.

      The Fonds Belmonte Arboretum should be quite pleased with the growing number of donors. With this fund, UFW supports the former, scientific botanical garden in Wageningen, among other initiatives. Last year, the Koetshuis in the Arboretum was able to be renovated thanks to contributions from alumni and others. It is now a stunning location that can be rented for receptions, gatherings, and wedding festivities and yields a long-term income that makes the maintenance of this high-quality garden possible.

      Last year, a number of projects from the Food for Thought campaign were successfully completed as well, such as the Phosphate project and the Solarmal project.
      Thanks to Solarmal’s research into a newly developed flytrap based on recreating human body odour, an effective, environmentally friendly, and poison-free solution was found for combating malaria mosquitos. The research into phosphates provided insight into the way in which available phosphates in the soil can be better utilised by means of crop selection, modifying the fertilisation strategy, and improving the biological activity in the soil.

      Policy and Strategy 2016-2018

      In the years to come, WUR will benefit from the further expansion of its service offerings for alumni, which will 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 in socially relevant research. The university will strive to further professionalise 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. This is anticipated to result in an increase in the social importance of charitable goals.
      The new collaboration between UFW, WUR, and KLV will play an important role in this and has been formalised in the joint cost accounts of UFW, KLV, and WUR until the end of 2018 when it will be evaluated.

      The most important collective aims are:

      a) Exchange of knowledge:
      Facilitating knowledge and talent development in the Wageningen domain. The 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 way, workshops and lectures are organised for students. In addition to substantive activities, a Young KLV programme will be developed that focuses on career support and soft skills development of students. This can be done, for instance, through the incentive scheme, which will support the international activities of students that are substantive but fall outside the standard grant rules of Wageningen University & Research.

      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 both time and money, to 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 29 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, we will continue to cherish and strengthen the long-lasting connection between you and others and 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 Wageningen University & Research. 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 2017

      Two primary objectives will be the focus for 2017: (1) higher net yield of national and international fundraising and (2) strengthening expertise in our own organisation. In 2017, the programme planning for the hundred-year anniversary of Wageningen University & Research in 2018 will be started. The activities of the anniversary programme are primarily intended to keep all relations, students, employees, alumni, and donors connected with WUR. In keeping with this, a Wereldwijde Alumnidag (worldwide alumni day) will be organised on 23 June 2018.

      With regard to fundraising, the initial results of the crowdfunding campaign are expected in 2017. 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 China. Finally, the UFW team may expand in one or more of the following fields: relation support, fundraising, and international alumni policy.

      Board

      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: 00.54.52.11

      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 University Fund Wageningen 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.