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Organisation details

Name: Inspire Courage for Change Stichting
Address: Betuwe 28, 8245 BG, Lelystad, Netherlands
Bank account (IBAN): NL76 RABO 0340 5952 72
RISN Nummer: 859858285
KVK Nummer: 74329944

Purpose of the organisation

Our purpose is to produce and use films and the arts to inspire people around the world to take meaningful action to change their environment and themselves. This is achieved through:

  1. To finance the creation and production of films and arts that inspire courage for change;
  2. To develop, produce and distribute educational toolkits to accompany films to stimulate meaningful conversations and action;
  3. To inspire, train and accompany individuals who wish to use the media of film to inspire courage for change;
  4. To develop and execute campaigns and projects to systematically reach as many people as possible;
  5. To strengthen collaboration and partnership with like-minded organisations;
  6. To provide scholarships and other financial support to actors and crew involved in the making of films that inspire courage for change.

Policy Plan

With the relocation of the director of the Foundation to Curacao, we have developed the following policy plan for the coming two years: 2024-2025:

Creating inspiring films

With the relocation of the director of the Foundation to Curacao, we have developed the following policy plan for the coming two years: 2024-2025:

Creating inspiring films

The coming two years will be dedicated towards research and writing a feature-length narrative film called “Next Door”. This narrative drama will raise awareness and stimulate discussion around some of the pressing issues concerning the polarisation and radicalisation of youth (western and eastern) following the influx of muslim refugees in western countries. The film will be used as a tool in schools and communities to address the prejudices that exist, with the ultimate aim of creating compassion, understanding, dialogue and friendship across perceived irreconcilable differences.

Another short film will also be written that captures one element of the social reality of Curacao, a country in the Caribbean. The director will engage people in Curacao in understanding the reality of the country and how positive change can be achieved. 

Stimulating meaningful conversations

The power of the film ‘Mercy’s Blessing’ has proven itself abundantly in previous years, especially in educational settings. A toolkit has been developed for schools and youth groups that enable teachers and facilitators to easily integrate the film in their teaching activities. In addition, specific attention will be given within Curacao to use the film in all schools on the island. We will also continue to help people around the world to develop plans of action to use the film as a tool to inspire change in their environment. Regular posts on social media will inspire people to start using the film and create spaces for meaningful conversations. 

Encourage and accompany

Previous years have demonstrated that film can inspire people to create their own (small) films. Our Foundation wishes to support people that aspire to make their own movies. Our director will travel to various places to host events and workshops where people will be trained in the basics of filmmaking that can aim social change. Our Foundation will also provide keynote speakers at gatherings about the use of film to create social impact and the mobilization of youth. 

Collaborate with like-minded organisations

We wish to actively strengthen our collaboration with organisations that have a wide network of schools and youth groups that wish to use the films to enhance their own activities. Moreover, our Foundation wishes to strengthen collaboration with existing production companies to make the production of new films possible. 

Fundraising activities

The Foundation intends to receive funding through fund raising activities from donor organisations, companies and individuals who recognise the impact of the Foundation’s endeavours. Concerted efforts will be made to systematically raise our capacity to develop grant proposals and raise funds. 

1 October 2023

Board of Directors

The Foundation has a Board of Directors consisting of three members:

  • Chairperson: Prof. dr. Bert Kersten
  • Secretary: Yolande van den Hoogen
  • Treasurer: Drs. Dini Hilbron

The policies and strategies are executed by the Director who reports directly to the Board.

Remuneration policy

Board members do not receive any remuneration for their work. They are entitled to reimbursement of the costs incurred by them in the exercise of their function as board member. Executive Officers are in principle working as volunteers, but can be remunerated according to the salary category secretarial worker.

Report of activities

The annual reports can be found here: