In 2017, Felipe Villela and Marco de Boer found their common ground in preventing the deforestation and deteriorating situation of small-holder farmers. Partly due to the industrialisation of agriculture, an increasing use of external input is needed to guarantee sufficient yield. In addition, the consequences of climate change in agriculture are tangible. Together they planned to do something about this and set up reNature Foundation (Stichting reNature).
The reNature Foundation promotes regenerative agroforestry systems to help farmers get out of this situation and gain confidence in nature-inclusive agriculture.
The reNature Foundation aims to raise funds by dividing them into:
Grants for social impact
reNature creates Model Farms and Model Schools which generate great social impact for local communities. A reNature model farm covers 1 to 5 hectares for which a product-specific production system has been developed that serves as inspiration for the surrounding farms. At a reNature model school, farmers and communities are actively involved in a three-year educational program. These two “products” can be funded with institutional or private donations.
Grants for research
Evidence is needed to promote agroforestry. Measuring the effect of regenerative agriculture and agroforestry is still in its infancy. The reNature Foundation has set up its own science team that is researching this together with Wageningen University. This research can be financed with institutional and private donations or with the foundation’s own money.
Grants for promotion
Promotion of regenerative practices remains an important factor in achieving the goals of the reNature Foundation and can only be financed with institutional and private donations.
See a full overview of all reNature Foundation’s Activities 2018-2021
Individual donations to the Foundation
The reNature Foundation does not only think big. Many of the submitted projects are local initiatives which are too often neglected by the global players. Too small, too much work, too little impact. The foundation thinks otherwise. Individual donations are saved up each calendar year and will go to a local initiative, to help smallholder farmers and other local organisations in their transition to regenerative agricultural practices.
Foundation reNature’s goals 2021-24
Minimum 2 Farm 1 School per year
The reNature Foundation is actively committed to getting at least 2 model farms and 1 model school a year funded with institutional and private donations.
Financing the development of the Impact Dashboard
reNature has set itself the goal of using an impact dashboard by the end of 2021 to actively and currently share the impact.
Support ChangeMakers program
In the first two years, the reNature foundation inspired several groups of young people through a ChangeMakers program, a multi-day trip and a stay at an agroforestry farm with workshops. These cannot be obtained without financial support. External money must be sought for this.
Realising a project from Insetting Donations
Companies can donate part of their profit to Stichting reNature through an insetting program. Every year of the collected budget must be spent on a project.
The reNature Foundation has over 1,000 volunteers signed up. The Foundation is working on a plan how they can be activated.
Interested to read the complete ‘Beleidsplan’ in Dutch? Feel free to download it here.
ReNature Foundation, registered office Amsterdam
RSIN / tax number: 858367142
Email: [email protected]
Address: Danzigerkade 5, 1013 AP Amsterdam
Chamber of Commerce number: 70542139
- The aim of the foundation is to promote the use of sustainable agriculture, so-called Agroforestry, which is characterized by setting up a polyculture of crops that reinforce and complement each other, resulting in more variety in yield and the natural balance in nature and the area comes back, and everything that belongs to one or the other, is related to it or can be conducive to it, all this in the broadest sense of the word.
- The foundation tries to achieve its goal by providing information to local authorities, cooperatives and farmers and guiding them in setting up sustainable polyculture agriculture. In addition, the foundation also wants to provide information to educational institutions from universities to primary schools to spread the knowledge of sustainable polyculture agriculture. Part of the profit of the foundation will be made available to assist small farmers where necessary, and everything that belongs to one or the other, is related to or may be conducive thereto, all this in the broadest sense of the word. .
- The foundation does not explicitly aim to make a profit.
The board of Stichting reNature is formed by the following board members:
Chairman: Jacqueline Smit
Treasurer: Nick Matulessy
Board member: Chris van den Haak
Board member: Marco de Boer
Board member: Felipe Villela
Remuneration policy for Board and Committees:
The board and committees receive no remuneration for their work, only expenses incurred are reimbursed and there is no attendance fee (reimbursement for preparing and attending meetings).
The reNature Foundation receives donations and grants from institutional (e.g. LB Foundation) and private organisations (e.g. De Groene Afslag) and private individuals (e.g. De Hollander family). The donations vary in size between 10 euros and 200,000 euros.
The foundation builds capital to finance its goals.
reNature Foundation’s annual reports
In the three years of the foundation, we see an exponential growth in revenue. Where in 2018, the foundation activities where mainly covered by the founders, in 2019 the foundation welcomed the first serious donations. In 2020, the donations where multiplied by 10. The foundation is happy to see the growing awareness.