Spykman Foundation


The foundation was founded on March 2, 1964 by mr. Leo Perk Vlaanderen, a Dutch economist who lived in England most of his life working as a statician for the International Rubber Study Group in London.

During his life Leo Perk Vlaanderen developed an interest in education, especially in the re-education of (ex-)prisoners, whom he visited on a regular basis, and in the educational methods of the Swiss pedagogue Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827), whose schools and projects he supported financially. Moreover during visits to the developing countries he developed an interest in helping out younger people of these countries by enabling them to attend (British) schools and/or universities on his costs. In order to create a vehicle that would be able to continue this work after his death, he founded the Elise J.H. Spykman Foundation. The foundation was named after his mother, whose inheritance played an important role in enabling him to fulfill his goals.

The objectives of the foundation are symbolised by the hieroglyphs in the logo meaning 'to give for health and prosperity'. Hieroglyphs were chosen because the founder was a great admirer of the ancient Egyptian culture.


The Elise J.H. Spykman Foundation was founded with the objective to support people, especially younger people, who don't have sufficient means of sustaining life due to illness, disabilities or other causes. The support is mainly aimed at developing countries. Individuals and organisations can apply for support.


  1. The foundation is mainly interested in initiatives in the range of education, healthcare, aid and activities that generate income. Priority is given to activities that
    • seek alliance with opportunities in the local society and hence enable recipients of aid to support themselves in the near future,
    • are an example for others that can be copied,
    • are supported and controlled by a local organisation with competent and representative management,
    • are engaged in local funding or in the generation of income with a minimum of 10% of the total budget.
  2. With respect to economic projects the foundation gives priority to projects that
    • have a businesslike approach and a detailed business plan,
    • have entries to local or (inter)national markets.


Applications for support should be made by email only.


The foundation is registered as an institution for public welfare ('Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling') by the Dutch tax authorities (RSIN 806188042).