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

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

MUTANT celebrates anniversary with new book 02-12-2009

On 26th November 2009 Bureau Mutant, a long-standing partner of the foundation in the Netherlands, celebrated its 20th anniversary. Accompanying the occasion was the launch of their latest publication, Permanent leren: Van zelfreflectie naar teamreflectie (Permanent learning: From self reflection to team reflection), one of the outputs from the foundation-funded Parents and Diversity project.

Five partners win Africa ECD awards 20-11-2009

At the recent 4th International Africa Conference on Early Childhood Development, held in Senegal, five partners of the Bernard van Leer Foundation were among the winners of cash awards in two categories: ANPPCAN Kenya, and their local partner LACCDAP; Health Child in Uganda; FOST in Zimbabwe; Lesedi Educare Association in South Africa; and MAA (Maasai AIDS Project) in Kenya. The foundation sends congratulations to all.

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