The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an international grantmaking foundation based in The Hague.

Our mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. We see this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promoting more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.




Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2009 07-04-2010

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2009 is now available. Reports on our activities and finances over the last year are complemented by stories from the field showing the impact of selected grants, and an insight into how we arrived at the three goals that will define our grantmaking in the coming years. There is also an executive summary in Spanish.

New issue of Early Childhood in Focus on Supporting Parenting 30-03-2010

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Supporting Parenting is the latest in our publication series Early Childhood in Focus, published jointly with the Open University. This issue addresses government programmes to support parents in fulfilling their parenting role. How can these programmes be critically evaluated and adapted to local circumstances - and what is "good parenting" anyway? Early Childhood in Focus offers practical and accessible summaries of the latest research to policy makers, practitioners and advocates working in the field of early childhood.

Global expert meetings on violence and physical environments 29-03-2010

On March 9th and 10th, the Bernard van Leer Foundation held two global expert meetings in which researchers, advocates and practitioners from around the world joined us at our office in the Hague to discuss two of our new goals: reducing violence in young children’s lives and improving the physical environments where young children grow up. Read more

EFC Forum for Roma Inclusion, Workshop on Early Childhood 09-03-2010

A European Foundation Centre (EFC) Forum for Roma Inclusion Workshop took place on 4 and 5 March 2010 in The Hague, hosted by the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The focus of the workshop was on early childhood development within the Roma communities. Read more

Congratulations to the World Bank and Shakira 26-02-2010

The Bernard van Leer Foundation warmly welcomes the recent initiative by the World Bank and Grammy Award-winning artist Shakira, which will plough US$300 million into early childhood programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean over the next two years. We look forward to working with the World Bank's team on this issue.

BvLF's Leonardo Yanez presents to the OAS 26-02-2010

Leonardo Yanez

Leonardo Yanez, programme officer for Latin America at the Bernard van Leer Foundation, this week addressed a special session of the Pemanent Council of the Organization of American States on the topic of “Investing in early childhood: a sure strategy for combating poverty and for promoting social development and equity”. You can watch the video of Leonardo's presentation on the OAS website, and read the OAS's press release on the event.

Calling all Dutch corporations: An incentive to invest in young children 15-02-2010

Young children are everyone’s business – and that includes businesses. The Bernard van Leer Foundation is reaching out to Dutch corporations with a €100,000 incentive to join us in investing in young children. Read more

€40,000 support for Haiti health effort 18-01-2010

Stand with HaitiThe Bernard van Leer Foundation has made a €40,000 grant to Partners in Health to support those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. PIH has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years, and we have previously supported their work to improve maternal and child health in rural areas. You can donate here.

Foundation supports UN global effort to stop violence against children 13-01-2010

The Bernard van Leer Foundation has announced it will commit €300,000 to support the United Nations’ Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children. With this contribution, the Bernard van Leer Foundation is the first private foundation to commit financial support to this new UN effort.

New decade, new countries, new goals 07-01-2010

"On October 18 2009, Rio de Janeiro drug traffickers shot down a police helicopter during a gun battle between rival gangs in the favela Morro dos Macaco..." In a new message Lisa Jordan, the foundation's executive director, introduces the foundation's new goals and other important changes. Read more

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