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 20 June 2017)
– 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
Alexander R. 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

Office
Geraldine Leegwater, 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 2019

BOARD

Meetings. In 2019 the Board met in Amsterdam for its annual meeting on 25 May. The budget meeting was held in Amsterdam on 7 December.

Composition of the Board and the Advisory Board. In 2019 spring meeting Board Member Jeremy Amos was reappointed for a new 3-year term expiring on 25 May 2022. The Advisory Board reappointed Alexander Amos chairman of the Advisory Board and member of the Board for a 1-year period.
(Note: the Advisory Board was disbanded in 2020 and replaced by the newly etsablished Project Committee)

In September 2019, founder and former board member of Horizon, Jörg Henle passed away. We are very grateful for all the work he did for Horizon and the inspiration he gave to all of us.

Strategy. A sub-committee was established in 2019. The purpose of the sub-committee is to discuss the strategy and governance of Stichting Horizon for the period 2020 – 2022.  Their proposal will be presented to the Board in spring 2020.

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

FIELD TRIPS

Horizon has assigned all projects to individual Board Members who serve as their personal sponsor and as principal point of contact. The Office is responsible for contacts with beneficiaries regarding operational matters.

Romania. In 2019, Mihai Eminescu Trust (MET) presented their new strategy for the period 2019-2023. Their vision is to generate pride and welfare among the members of its communities, building together with them a self-sustaining future by capitalising on the cultural and natural heritage. Their vision is translated in a variety of projects, partly supported by Horizon. In 2019, Jeremy Amos (sponsor) and Geraldine Leegwater (managing director) visited the team of MET in September to discuss their new strategy and the implications for the coming years. President Caroline Fernolend and her team of enthusiastic young professionals explained their ambitions for the coming years. These include challenging but interesting projects, that will be presented to Horizon in the coming period in order to receive support from the foundation.

Bulgaria. Sponsor Ginka Tscholakowa-Henle visited the projects in autumn. New project proposals were discussed and presented to the board in December. A couple of new (multi-year) projects, supported by Horizon, will start in 2020.

Switzerland/Latin America. The Sponsor visited field projects in Peru and Bolivia in February 2019 to monitor developments. The traditional semi-annual meetings of the management of Traditions pour Demain with the Horizon sponsor were held in Rolle in April (also attended by the Secretary General) and October. The discussions mainly focussed on progress of projects supported by Horizon and the outlook for the TpD-organisation.

Georgia. In spring the Secretary and Stefan Henle visited the Caucasian House to meet the NGO’s management. As it was the Secretary’s first visit to the Caucasian House, the discussion focused on the history, mission and strategy of the NGO. In addition an update on current projects was given. The Sponsor had a second meeting to discuss the progress of projects and planned new initiatives of Caucasian House in Nukriani.

Spotlight

PROJECTS

In 2019 the Board approved 25 applications for new projects up to an aggregate amount of € 482.217 The greater majority of the applications (20) were submitted by existing beneficiaries in Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania and Latin America to finance an extension of existing projects or a new activity.

The support to the workshops at the Internationales Jugend- und Kulturzentrum “Kiebitz” in Duisburg (Germany) was extended with another year.

The support to the Advisory Board sponsored projects ‘Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival’ (Zagreb, Croatia), ‘Growing Strong’ and ‘Youth Orchestras of Namibia’ (both in Windhoek, Namibia) was extended by another year. In addition Stichting Horizon sponsored the Theater Lieder und Worte in Berlin by financing a deficit on a field project.

The allocation of the 25 projects to the various geographical areas is as follows:

Counrty – Beneficiary (No. of projects)

 

Georgia- Caucasian House (6)  € 130.120
Romania - Mihai Eminescu Trust (6)   € 103.620
Germany - Kiebitz (1)    €  90.000
Switzerland/LatAm - Traditions pour Demain (6)  €  55.510
Bulgaria - Foundacia Remi (1)   €  55.000
Namibia - Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (1)  €  21.000
Croatia - Zagreb Int Music Chamber Festival (1)    €   7.600
Germany - Theater Lieder und Worte (1)   €   7.057
Bulgaria - Happy Children Art School (1)   €   6.710
Namibia - Youth Orchestras of Namibia (1) €   5.600 +
Total: € 482.217