Private foundations: a solution for wealthy and business families


We use two main types of private foundations:

  1. Family foundations with a dynamic governance and a public benefit goal (ANBI Family foundation) that are run alongside a family (business).

    Read more: Family Business Lasting Legacy Planning.

  2. Private foundations that focus primarily or exclusively on the family and its active or passive assets.

    Read more: The Dutch Private Foundation: a robust but flexible tool in dynastic structuring.

Both forms of private foundations are excellent solutions to:

  • Improve family governance
  • Strengthen the cohesion of the family and mutual trust
  • Prepare the next generation for their role   
  • Secure family values and principles for several generations (dynastic structuring)
  • As a neutral exit for family members wanting to cash in
  • As a safety net for family members in need (bonding)

A public benefit “ANBI” organization is also interesting in terms of CSR/philanthropy because it boosts the company’s image. It also helps plan attractive and exclusive family estates and reduce family disputes. It can also be a solution for difficult and complex international wealth planning structures that failed due to anti-abuse laws.     

We also use Private Foundations to protect the assets and create flexible tax exempt wealth plans for families that do not live in the Netherlands. Read more in Foundations and trusts and  Estate & Succession planning.

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Dutch Bill on Transparency Civil Society Organizations

THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOM BY POPULIST SYMBOL POLITICS After several decades of research and practice in the non-profit sector, I have become deeply convinced that this sector forms the buffers of our democratic society based on the rule of law.


Enlarging Space for International Philanthropy Following up on her analysis on the topic in her doctoral dissertation, Dr.

Dutch foundations - ANBI or not ANBI With Brexit on the agenda, there is increased attention for the use of charitable organizations in the Netherlands.

Tax issues of public interest generosity In the annual book 2016/2017 of 'De Dikke Blauwe' in relation to Philanthropy, Major Donors and Social Enterprises, Ineke Koele has written an analysis (in Dutch) of the tax issues of public interest generosity.

Quote interview Family Wars As a specialist on Tax and Wealth Disputes, Ineke Koele has been interviewed by Sander Schimmelpenninck for the November issue of 'Quote'  on Family Wars.

The Dutch Private Foundation in comparison with trusts: for the same purpose but rather different Trusts & Trustees, Oxford University Press, February 2016, p. 140-145.  The Dutch Private Foundation provides an alternative paradigm for sustainable asset protection purposes.