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

Director of Operations

Henk J.Th. van Stokkom - henkvanstokkom@dioraphte.nl 


Lentink De Jonge

Financial administration

Jac's den Boer & Vink


Kuipershaven 169, 
PO Box 255, 3300 AG Dordrecht NL

Merger details

Click here for more information on the 2015 merger.


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 overview 2020

Click here for the 2020 financial overview of the Dioraphte Foundation.

Planning 2021

In 2021 the Dioraphte Foundation intends to spend around €14,500,000 on projects, of which around €4.5 million for social initiatives in the four core countries in Africa, €3.5 million for social initiatives in the Netherlands, €3 million on science and research, €2 million on performing arts projects, and €1.5 million 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.

Fondsen voor Ouderen, the Dutch Funds 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.

Big Bang Philanthropy, A group of like-minded funders working together to find and finance great organizations tackling the most pressing problems of the poor.

Photocredits website

Social Initiatives in Africa:
[Homepage] Malawi, The Hunger Project
[Intro] Uganda, Liliane Fonds
[Grants policy] Oeganda, Educate-programma, photo: Educate!
[Contact] Maisha Meds

Sociale Initiatives in the Netherlands:
[Homepage] NewBees
[Grants policy] photo: Defence for Children
[Preliminary application] National Foundation for the Promotion of Happiness
[Contact] Healthcare bus outside mosque, photo: Doctors of the World

Science and Research:
[Homepage and intro] Care4BrittleBones
[Grants policy] Stichting voor Lever en Maag-Darm onderzoek, dr. Sarwa Darwish Murad (pictured)
[Contact] Alzheimers Centre, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Performing Arts:
[Homepage and intro] Leine Roebana, Sweet Demon, photo: Anne van Kooij
[Grants Policy] Boslab Theaterfestival, photo: Michiel Landeweerd

[Preliminary application] 9x13 Les Fauves en Festival Classique, photo: Anne Reitsma
[Contact] Circusstad Festival, photo: Salih Kilic

Cultural Heritage:
[Homepage] The bull Adema 197, by Gerhardus Jan Adema, photo: Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie
[Intro] Photo: RKD Dutch Government Agency for Art Historical Documentation
[Grants Policy] Restoration De Cruquius
[Preliminary application] Photo: Harry Anders
[Contact] Medieval Archives Amsterdam