About Us 

Mission

We aim:

To promote ‘Culture and Identity’ by supporting cultural, educational and social initiatives
To
preserve threatened cultural heritage, if ‘responsible parties’ are lacking the required resources
To
prepare, to conserve, and to spread cultural heritage including cultural identity 

Our activities

Stichting Horizon works to counteract portrayals of cultural differences as irreconcilable. We support initiatives that spread information about own and neighbouring cultures in order to provide a greater understanding of shared values.
Under the header of ‘culture & identity’ we sponsor a variety of projects that work with tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Germany, Eastern Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, the Balkans and Georgia) and Latin America.

They include and combine fields such as:

Photography
Film
Archaeological research & excavations
Ethnological and sociological research
Built heritage restoration
Natural heritage restoration
Music, dance and theatre
Strengthening culture and identity of people from different backgrounds

Operating Principles

General
Board Members and members of the Project Committee are responsible for the identification of beneficiaries and/or projects possibly qualifying for support by Stichting Horizon. In principle, the Foundation is not open to requests for support of the activities of third parties.

Beneficiaries
For efficiency reasons and in view of our limited resources, Stichting Horizon supports activities in a limited number of countries/regions only. Moreover, for compliance reasons and to minimize the risk of non-properly executed projects, the foundation aims to establish multi-year relationships with a limited number of ‘Regular’ Beneficiaries. All beneficiaries are assigned a sponsor who is always a member of the Horizon Board or Project Committee.

Projects
The majority of our projects have a term of one year at maximum. ‘Regular beneficiaries’ are allowed to present new requests for support on an annual basis after consulting their Sponsor on work plans, budgets, etc. Requests for general support, i.e. periodically recurring exploitation subsidies, are usually extended on a yearly basis but must still be formally requested every year. All projects are to be presented to the Project Committee and Board for final decision making.

Project execution
The recipient of financial support is responsible for the (timely) execution of a project selected, approved and financed by the foundation. Stichting Horizon is involved in the execution of its projects by exception only.

 

 

Fundraising & Cost structure

Fundraising
In the late 1990’s Stichting Horizon was capitalized by grants from a Dutch family foundation. Generally, the capital is invested in bank accounts, securities and loans characterized by a low-risk profile. All our activities are financed from income derived from this capital. Stichting Horizon does not aim to raise third party funds.
Income from investments is non-restricted and is fully used to finance projects selected and approved by the Board, and to pay for modest operating expenses. In principle the annual budget is managed in such a manner that the financial reserves will not increase, leaving the foundation capital unchanged in nominal terms.

Cost structure
Expenditure is limited to the financing of projects and the payment of specific operating costs. The latter include attendance fees paid to Board members, travel and accommodation costs of the Secretary General and/or other staff, bank and investment costs, accounting and auditor expenses, and some smaller administrative costs. The combined operating costs are well below 10% of total income in any year.

Governance & Organization

Stichting Horizon, a Dutch foundation, was founded on 28 January 1997. The foundation is based in Zeist, The Netherlands, and shares its premises with a family foundation.

Governance
The Foundation is governed by three documents:
– Articles of Association (as amended on 5 November 2020)
– Regulations of the Board of Stichting Horizon (as adopted on 16 May 2020)
– Strategy Stichting Horizon (as updated on 1 March 2016)

The foundation does not aim to make any profits. (Article 2, Articles of Association)

Board
Henk G. Lubberdink, Chairman
Jeremy C.P. Amos
Stefan W.G. Henle
Pamela Veder

Project Committee
Henk G. Lubberdink, Chairman
Jeremy C.P. Amos
Alexander R. Amos
Stefan W.G. Henle
Pamela Veder
India I.C. Davison
Jan W. Haas
Felix B. Henle
Paola K. Henle
Ginka Tscholakowa-Henle, expert
Nelia Henle, emerging sponsor

Office
Hans Molenaar, Secretary General
Nils Smit, Assistant Secretary
All staff is employed by a family foundation.

Auditors
PricewaterhouseCoopers Accountants N.V.

Memberships
Stichting Horizon is a member of the following organization:
– Vereniging van Fondsen in Nederland- FIN (organization of foundations in The Netherlands), since 1997.

Remuneration Policies
Board members are entitled to a fee for every Board meeting attended. The Chairman receives 130% of this amount per meeting.
Members of the Project Committee do not receive a remuneration from the Foundation for their activities.

Report on Activities 2020

BOARD

Meetings. In 2020 the Board met digitally in The Hague for its annual meeting on 16 May. The budget meeting was held digitally in The Hague on 12 December. An additional video meeting was held on 21 September.

Composition of the Board and the Advisory Board. In the 2020 spring meeting Board Member & chairman Henk Lubberdink Amos was reappointed for a new 3-year term expiring in 2023. In 2020 the Advisory Board was disbanned and replaced by the newly established Project Committee, of which the members are the Horizon Board members and former members of the Advisory Board.

Strategy. A sub-committee was established in 2019. The purpose of the sub-committee is to discuss the strategy and governance of Stichting Horizon. Their proposal was presented in the 2020 spring meeting. In 2020 (and 2021) the discussion continued on further refinement and implementation of the new strategy.

Website (horizonfoundation.nl). The content of the website is regularly updated. Project proposals, final & progress reports on projects and various documents governing the activities and organization of the foundation are available to the members of the Board and Project Committee in a password protected section of the website.

FIELD TRIPS

Horizon has assigned all projects to individual members of the Project Committee who will act as sponsor to a project and will be the principal point of contact. The Office is responsible for contacts with beneficiaries regarding operational matters.

Not surprisingly the number of visits from the sponsor and/or Office to Horizon Beneficiaries was very limited in 2020. The Office, represented by the Secretary, only visited a start-up project in Germany together with the sponsor.

In general contact with beneficiaries was, and still is, maintained via video calls and e-mail correspondence. As soon as circumstances permit, Horizon will start to visit its beneficaires again.

Romania Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the planned Board trip to Horizon’s beneficiary Mihai Eminescu Trust in Romania is postponed until spring 2022.

Spotlight

PROJECTS

In 2020 the Board approved 36 new project applications for a total amount of € 594.205. The greater majority of the applications (23) were submitted by existing beneficiaries to finance extensions of existing projects or a new activities and amounted to € 560.105. In addition, the foundation’s Board approved 13 smaller projects for a total amount of € 34.100

The allocation of the 36 projects to the various geographical areas is as follows:

Country (No. of projects)

 

Bulgaria (7)  € 154.500
Georgia (7)  € 132.600
Romania (7)  € 130.690
Germany (4)  €  80.000
Namibia (4)  €  53.765
Switzerland/LatAm (2)  €  28.150
United Kingdom (3)  €   9.500
Netherlands (2) €   5.000 +
Total: € 594.205