Van Leer Group Foundation

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Van Leer Group Foundation

"The origins of the Van Leer activities lie with Bernard Van Leer, a Dutch industrialist and philanthropist. In 1919 Bernard Van Leer founded a small packaging company in The Netherlands that became a world leader in the industry and provided him with the resources to pursue his philanthropic activities. His objective, in essence, was to use the fruit of his labor to benefit others.

"When he died in 1958, Bernard Van Leer had arranged his affairs to ensure his business interests would continue to fuel his philanthropic work. Having gained the agreement from his wife Polly and his two sons, Oscar and Wim, to relinquish their inheritance rights, he bequeathed his fortune to a foundation with broad humanitarian goals, set up in 1949 in Lucerne, Switzerland. In this way, under Oscar van Leer's leadership, the income flow for his philanthropic goals could be guaranteed." [1]


Accessed February 2009: [2]

Trustees and Staff (accessed 2007)


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  1. Foundation, Van Leer Group Foundation, accessed February 22, 2009.
  2. Biographical, Van Leer Group Foundation, accessed February 22, 2009.