Fonds 1818 are hosting the first ever Rien van Gendt Lecture at the Grote Kerk in the Hague on 27 October. The event honours Mr van Gendt, who has made a major contribution to the philanthropic sectors at both national, European and international levels. He will make the inaugural lecture himself under the title “Funds and society – sliding panels”, and thereafter a speaker will be chosen to make the Lecture once every two years. 

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Rien van Gendt awarded the EFC Compass Prize in 2013 

For anyone who has had the privilege of working with Dr van Gendt in the Netherlands, across Europe, or in connection with his international efforts, the choice to award him this third edition of the EFC Compass Prize will seem both obvious and deeply deserved. While it is somewhat perfunctory to state, his contributions to countless organisations and numerous board commitments have ensured that Dr van Gendt’s unique touch has been felt particularly widely. Especially in the areas of investments, international cooperation, good governance, and transparency and accountability, to name but a few, Dr van Gendt has not only been a leader, but has thoughtfully encouraged those around him to improve their practice and strive for better results. His dedication to the strengthening of support organisations such as the EFC, Vereniging van Fondsen in Nederland (FIN), and Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) has also been unparalleled. As an early supporter and architect of the EFC Principles of Good Practice, and the first Chair of the EFC Nomination Committee, established in 2007 as part of the EFC’s governance review, Dr van Gendt’s role in the successful and positive evolution of the Centre’s governance structure has been fundamental.