BackgroundThe Van Leer Group Foundation is a privately endowed charitable organisation established in 1979 by Oscar Van Leer. It performs the holding function for all the Van Leer charitable activities and as such supervises its investment portfolio and the governance of its charitable activities. The Van Leer charitable activities are presently embodied in the Van Leer Group Foundation in Amstelveen, the Bernard Van Leer Foundation in The Hague, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Jerusalem Film Centre.
MissionTo promote the optimum development of socially and economically disadvantaged children up to the age of eight, with the objective of developing their innate potential to the greatest possible extent; to contribute to the development and strengthening of a Jewish, democratic national home in Israel committed to a free, equitable and just society for all of its citizens, and to contribute to the pursuit of regional peace for the benefit of social, cultural and individual lives in Israel; and to promote and further the continuity and the preservation of the identity of the Van Leer Entity.
Programme areasThe foundation's programmes focus on its three objectives:
• Early childhood development
• The improvement of social and cultural conditions in Israel
• The promotion of the Van Leer Entity
Early Childhood Development
Promotes the optimum development of socially and economically disadvantaged children up to the age of 8, with the objective of developing their innate potential to the greatest extent possible.
The Improvement of Social and Cultural Conditions in Israel
Contributes to the development and strengthening of a Jewish democratic national home in Israel committed to a free, equitable and just society for all its citizens; and contributes to the pursuit of regional peace, for the benefit and betterment of social, cultural and individual lives in Israel.
The Promotion of the Van Leer Entity
The Van Leer Entity embodies the philanthropic goals of the Van Leer family. VLGF takes a particular responsibility with respect to the way in which the legacy of the Van Leer family is translated into existing and new humanitarian ventures and income generating activities. As a holding foundation, VLGF is responsible for the governance issues, such as the board composition, profile of members, geographical composition and tenure of itself and of the Bernard Van Leer Foundation and Crecor B.V.