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About the fund

The Amsterdam University Fund provides crucial support for UvA’s research facilities, educational initiatives and world-class heritage collections.

Annual Report 2021

In 2021 the Amsterdam University Fund once again achieved many things, partly thanks to your support. In this annual review, you will find some great stories about what has been achieved and about the opportunities that students, PhD students and researchers were able to take advantage of.

History of the fund

The Amsterdam University Fund promotes academic excellence with support for research and facilities that are essential for a rich academic environment.

The tradition of philanthropy dates back to 1632, when local merchants established an academic institution that would one day become the University of Amsterdam. Over the years, the fund has sponsored essential research and spearheaded the preservation and conservation of the UvA’s treasured Special Collections: from Egyptian antiquities and medieval manuscripts to cookery books and comics.

With recognized charity status in the Netherlands and the USA, the Fund relies on contributions both small and large – including earmarked bequests forming the basis for Named Funds – to finance scholarships, essential research and the preservation of academic heritage. 


The director and staff of the Amsterdam University Fund report to a volunteer Board of Directors. The fund is an independent foundation, and its distinguished and engaged board oversees the management of the fund’s assets, assesses applications, and grants subsidies for scholarships and for special projects of the UvA. The board also helps find new sources of funding for the general fund and for specific projects.

Board members

  • Adriaan Krans LLM, chairman, interim director and advisor in the private and semi-public sector
  • Marieke Frijlink, treasurer, controller at UMC Utrecht
  • Roos Bernelot Moens, Head of Fundraising & Relations at Dutch National Opera & Ballet
  • Charlotte van der Horst, Emeritus Professor Plastic Surgery
  • Prof. James Kennedy, dean of Utrecht University College 
  • Prof. Willem Stiekema, Emeritus Professor Bio-informatics at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences.
  • Tax status

    The Amsterdam University Fund is a non-profit organisation and classified as an institution within the meaning of Section 3:33 of the Income Tax Act 2001 (Wet inkomstenbelasting 2001). The foundation is not liable to pay corporation tax or VAT.

    The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration has classified the Amsterdam University Fund as an institution for general public advancement (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling, ANBI) under Section 24, paragraph 2 of the Inheritance Tax Act (Successiewet). The tax registration number is: 8072.09.259.