About Dioraphte

The Dioraphte Foundation (Stichting Dioraphte) is a Dutch charitable fund that supports charities in six countries: the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Malawi. In 2014, 192 projects were awarded a total of twelve million euros.

The Dioraphte Foundation has been active since 2002 and legally merged on 4 September 2015 with the Liberty Foundation (Stichting Liberty), active since 1995, the Dyke Reinforcement Foundation (Stichting Dijkverzwaring), active since 1997, and Stichting Continuendo MusartE Foundation, active since 2004. 

Board Members

Mr. drs. Arnold R.J. Croiset van Uchelen - chair
Bernard E.M.M. Uyttendaele - treasurer
Drs. Jacqueline Detiger - member
Glenda I. Nühn-Morris - member
Drs. Peter B. Mensing - member

Advisers to the Board

The Dioraphte Foundation uses independent advisers to scout eligible projects and assess and process applications. Our advisers are:

Henk J.Th. van Stokkom* - DoenDenkers > Social Initiatives - Science and Research
Mr. drs. Antoon Ott - bureau Artilaw > Cultural Heritage
Drs. Lonneke Regter - Musonia > Performing Arts 

Director of Operations

Henk J.Th. van Stokkom - henkvanstokkom@dioraphte.nl - +31 78 635 11 11 


Lentink De Jonge

Financial administration

Jac's den Boer & Vink

Merger details



Our foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to organisations in the Netherlands and abroad which support good causes, and whose sole or main objective is to organise projects or activities for the benefit of:

- vulnerable groups within society;
- education;
- healthcare;
- employment opportunities;
- nature and the environment;
- promoting and carrying out scientific research;
- Dutch cultural heritage; and/or
- Dutch Performing Arts,
and any other project or activity either related or conducive to the interests outlined above, in the broadest sense of the words.


For more information about the policies of various sections of Dioraphte, see:

Social Initiatives in Africa
Social Initiatives in the Netherlands
Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands
Performing Arts in the Netherlands
Science and Research in the Netherlands

Year in review

As of 2015 we publish a 'Year in review' report in Dutch > jaarbericht.

Financial report 2017

Dioraphte Foundation’s 2016 annual figures (overview) can be read in Dutch here.

2018 Activities

For 2018 Dioraphte Foundation has the intention to spend approximately 14,500,000 euros on projects from partners. An amount of 4.5 million euro will be spend on social initiatives in the five African countries Dioraphte is active in. 3.5 million euro will be spend on social initiatives in The Netherlands, 3 million euro on science & research, 2 million euro on perfoming arts and 1.5 million euro on cultural heritage.

Remuneration policy

The Foundation’s current bylaws describe our policy as follows:
‘The board members do not receive any wages, be it directly or indirectly. The word “wages” does not include reasonable reimbursement of expenses incurred on behalf of the Foundation, nor non-excessive fees. The amount of the fees to be paid to the members is determined by the Board. All reimbursements made to members of the Board will be listed as such in the annual statement of accounts and explained.’

Chamber of Commerce – RSIN

Chamber of Commerce file number 17150595
Legal Person and Joint Venture Reference Number (RSIN) 811835054

Dioraphte is a member of:

FIN, the Association of Foundations in the Netherlands. More than 300 foundations are members of FIN. These funds support good causes in various sectors including nature, international relations, health and culture.

EVPA, a membership association and network made up of organisations interested in or practicing venture philanthropy and social investment across Europe. Established in 2004, EVPA aims to be the home as well as the highest-value catalytic network of European social investors, venture philanthropists and foundations committed to using venture philanthropy and social investment tools to target societal impact.

Fondsen voor Ouderen, the Dutch Fund for the Elderly, a useful guide for those seeking financial support for projects targeting the elderly. Click on the various funds to see if your application has a chance of success. By filling in the QuickScan you can quickly see the best fund to apply to.

Photocredits website

Social Initiatives in Africa:
Ethiopia, photo: Dioraphte - HvS
Bangwuelu, three photos: African Parks Foundation
Dioraphte Kenya, photo:  Dioraphte - HvS

Sociale Initiatives in the Netherlands:
PTSS service dog, photo: Dutch Service Dog Foundation
[Grants policy] photo © Defence for Children
[Preliminary application] National Foundation for the Promotion of Happiness
[ANBI] ADL service dog, photo: Dutch Service Dog Foundation
[Contact] Healthcare bus outside mosque, photo © Doctors of the World

Cultural Heritage:
Photo: RKD Dutch Government Agency for Art Historical Documentation
Pavilion Huis Doorn
[Preliminary application] Photo: Harry Anders
[ANBI] Photo: The Royal Conservatoire
[Contact] Photo: Belvédère Museum

Performing Arts:
50th International Vocal Competition, photo Hans Hijmering
Festival Cement, photo William van der Voort
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015, photo Bas Czerwinski
Wadjda, winner Hubert Bals Fund / Dioraphte Award 2013

Science and Research:
Knowledge for Children, two photos
Panama Disease, panamadisease.org, photo WUR
Alzheimers Centre, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam