In 2007 I left the Van Leer Foundation and started Van Gendt Philanthropy Services. I wanted to capitalise on my experience in so many different national and international settings. And I wanted to offer that as a consultancy or board service to foundations, companies, families and family offices in the Netherlands and abroad.
For me a donation is not an objective in itself, it should be an instrument in a strategy of wanting to make a difference in a way, that initiatives have an impact and can be sustained. Effective philanthropy also implies, that organisations have a focus in what they do, that they are prepared to take certain risks and occasionally even play the wildcard.
Besides my interest in effective philanthropy, I wanted to support interested parties with their investment portfolio. The investment strategy of philanthropic organisations has some unique features; foundations are long term investors with distinct liabilities.
I have enjoyed the last 12 years of my life as a trusted advisor for a range of organisations and families, on short term assignments or for longer periods of time.