Improve lives through inclusive and quality education and training

Who we are

The ASML Foundation is an independent charity registered in the Netherlands. Our aim is to increase the self-sufficiency of underserved youngsters (4-18 years old) through educational initiatives that develop their talents and unlock their potential. The aim of projects should be to increase the future self-sufficiency of these youngsters.

Given our strong links to computer chip equipment maker ASML, the world's leading maker of lithography equipment, we mainly support projects in the countries where ASML operates. These include the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Israel and the US states.

We believe these projects will have a positive impact, not only on the futures of the participants but also on the communities that they live in.

In 2017, we sponsored 17 projects in 11 countries, some directly and some as a co-sponsor. In addition to our financial assistance, ASML employees support our projects by volunteering their time and skills.

Since 2002, the ASML Foundation has provided about EUR 8.6 million to more than 350 projects in 58 countries (US states are counted separately).

Our history

The roots of the ASML Foundation are strongly intertwined with ASML – we began as an entity that administered an incentive share scheme for its management. In the late 1990s, the entity had a surplus of ASML shares that it could not transfer to the scheme’s participants due to certain stipulations in its bylaws. ASML decided to change the entity’s purpose and transform it into a charity foundation that could use the proceeds of its assets to financially support projects and charities.

The ASML Foundation was established as an independent foundation (stichting) under Dutch law, in December 2001.

We use ASML’s facilities, ASML pays our director’s and office manager's salary and it supports us with an annual contribution of EUR 600,000. In this way, ASML shows its commitment to the communities in which it operates.

Our Mission

Our mission statement is: 'Improving lives through inclusive and quality education and training'.

To emphasize our strong connection to ASML, we have linked our mission to ASML. Our primary focus is on impactful and inclusive education and training programs that focus on the underserved and disadvantaged, in particular children and youngsters. At the same time, the projects, preferably in ASML countries, should promote diversity and technology, reflecting ASML's innovative, high-tech business and its multinational workforce.

Diversity not only means emphasis on females, but also includes different types of disadvantages the target groups may have - some may be in underprivileged communities, with little access to education, while others may have special education needs, or they might require vocational training. We want to help them improve their chances and give them a better start in life.

Projects should increase the self-reliance of these groups by developing their talents, by improving quality education and / or education that is better aimed at their needs. Projects should lead to a measurable improvement in opportunities for the participants and the community they are part of.


The ASML Foundation has a two-tier board structure: the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board.

The Board of Management is responsible for setting and achieving the objectives and policies of the ASML Foundation, including managing its assets and determining the causes eligible for funding. It meets regularly to discuss the projects submitted for funding.

The Board of Management comprises three people. Its chairperson is also the director of ASML Foundation and is responsible for its day-to-day operations. The Board of Management is accountable to the Supervisory Board, which is also composed of three members. The Supervisory Board supervises and advises the Board of Management in performing its management tasks.

The members of the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board do not receive any salaries from ASML Foundation.

Board of Management

Our Board of Management comprises the following three members:

Ms G.C.M. (Christel) Keizer
Chairperson and Director of ASML Foundation
Ms G.C.M. (Christel) Keizer

Christel was appointed as ASML Foundation’s Chairperson and board member per 1 October 2014. Christel joined ASML in 1999, serving in ASML’s Corporate Legal Department, amongst others, as Senior Legal Counsel Corporate Law and Deputy Company Secretary.

Ms. M. (Marije ) Rhebergen
Board member
Ms. M. (Marije ) Rhebergen

Marije was appointed as board member per 2 February 2016. She has more than 10 years (inter)national experience in strategic development aid and since 2011 she’s Global Head of Sustainability at DLL.

Mr. L.A.C.M. (Leon) Caers
Board member
Mr. L.A.C.M. (Leon) Caers
Leon was appointed as a board member per 14 February 2017. He has extensive experience in a wide range of HR-related activities, the last 20+ years as owner of his own HR consultancy. In addition, Leon has always been and still is an active member of the community.

Our Supervisory Board

Our Supervisory Board consists of the following three members:

Mr. P.T.F.M. (Peter) Wennink
Mr. P.T.F.M. (Peter) Wennink

Peter joined the Supervisory Board as its chairman in 2002. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of ASML, having joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in 1999. He has an extensive background in finance and accounting.

Mr. L. (Lucas) van Grinsven
Mr. L. (Lucas) van Grinsven

Lucas van Grinsven is Head of Communications at ASML. He joined ASML in 2007 and has been instrumental in improving ASML’s performance in the areas of sustainability and community relations, covering youth programmes, technology promotion, sponsorships and charity activities. He joined the Supervisory Board in January 2014.

Ms.C. (Carla) Smits-Nusteling
Ms.C. (Carla) Smits-Nusteling

Carla joined the Supervisory Board in February 2015. Carla is member of ASML's Supervisory Board and is also a non-executive director of Tele2 AB. Carla was CFO and member of the Board of Management of Royal KPN N.V. until April 2012.

Our projects

Some examples of projects we currently support:

Who we support

Youngsters are the future and at the ASML Foundation we believe education is the key that unlocks their potential. Therefore our primary focus is on impactful education and training programs that meet the following criteria: 

  1. Target audience: the underserved and disadvantaged, in particular when it concerns children and youngsters (4-18 years old)
  2. Target countries: ASML regions / countries
  3. Target subjects:
    • Technology-related (either as a subject or as an enabler) and / or
    • Diversity-related (with emphasis on females)
  4. Target result: a measurable improvement in opportunities for the participants and the local communities

  • The projects we support are mainly in ASML countries so that ASML employees can get involved as volunteers.
  • The ASML Foundation prefers to cooperate with Dutch NGOs who have local partners in the countries where the projects are executed, or with the local NGOs in countries where ASML operates.
  • Requests including payment of salaries or operational expenses may be supported, but only to a limited extent and will be assessed on their specific merit.
  • The ASML Foundation financially sponsors or co-sponsors around 20 educational projects a year, either directly or through third-party organizations. See 'Our projects' for more information.

Apply for support

Do you have a project you want the ASML Foundation to support? First make sure it meets our criteria:

  • You are an NGO in a country where ASML operates, or you have links to one of these countries
  • The project is educational and aimed at young people (4-18 years old)
  • It is located in Europe, Asia or the US
  • It will have a positive impact on the wider community

The ASML Foundation does not fund:

  • individual persons and families
  • welfare activities
  • disaster-related activities
  • humanitarian relief projects
  • religion-related activities
  • projects that exclude certain groups or individuals, for example based on their religion
  • political causes or organizations
  • 30% of salaries or operational expenses of projects
  • art-related projects
  • construction projects
  • projects that are executed in Africa or South America
  • events

Is your project eligible based on the above criteria?

Apply for support

Our primary focus is improving lives through inclusive and quality education and training.
The ASML Foundation is an independent charity, but we have a strong connection to ASML. Our strategy is linked to the company’s mission and vision and we support projects in the regions and specifically the countries where ASML is present. Local ASML employees may help us assess projects we support in their communities and ASML staff may volunteer to become involved in local projects.
The ASML Foundation mainly supports projects in Asia, Europe and the US and specifically in the countries where ASML operates. These include the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Israel and those US states where ASML operates.
We prefer to support long-term projects, typically for three to five years. This ensures their continuity and increases the likelihood that they will also benefit the wider community over time, rather than just the project participants.
We provide financial support to educational projects that increase the self-reliance of children or young people who have reduced chances in life. These can be projects that either provide education where there is none available, or address the specific educational needs of the targeted groups. In addition, their impact should extend beyond the participants into their local communities. Please see our exclusion list for the types of projects we do not support.

The ASML Foundation prefers to cooperate with Dutch NGOs who have local partners in the countries where the projects are executed, or with local NGOs in countries where ASML operates. In some cases we may consider unsolicited requests for donations, but we would rather make our own choices about the projects and organizations we support, based on input from ASML employees.

We will never donate to the causes or organizations mentioned under ‘Exclusions’.

There is no formal limit to the number of projects you can apply for, as long as they meet our criteria. However, you should also consider other sources of finance, rather than rely solely on us. We will take this into account when we assess applications. We don’t accept new applications for projects that have already been submitted.
We take several factors into account when we determine the size and duration of the donation. These include measurable milestones, availability of other financing sources, and the requested amount in relation to the total budget of the project.

Our terms and conditions are included in a Donation Agreement, which you will have to sign before the ASML Foundation makes the donation. Our requirements include that:

  • you only use the grant for the project as described in the accepted proposal;
  • we receive regular evaluation reports from you on the project’s implementation and status (before payment of each instalment and at the end of a period).

The reports should contain at least the following information:

  • The status of the project compared to the initial proposal
  • The status of the budget versus the initial budget
  • The way our donation was used
  • How many children or young people the project has reached
  • How the community has benefited from our donation
  • The plans for the project for the next donation period (in cases requiring an evaluation report before each instalment)
  • The final status of the project compared to the initial proposal (for the end evaluation)
The ASML Foundation mainly supports projects through financial grants. When possible, we also provide volunteers (ASML employees). In addition, we can provide IT-related hardware. We do not provide operational support – our role is primarily as a financial sponsor.

Financial Highlights

Show projects per: Accepted Total projectsprocessed 29 17 € 612.500 17.300 US Asia Total value agreed Europe 175.700 € 419.500 1 10 6 Continent Country
Return on securitiesDonationsTotal incomeProject donationsAdjustments for prior years/exchange rate diffencesNet amount assigned to projectsOperational costsTotal expensesTotal operating income minus expensesFinancial income and expensesNet result Statement of financial activities (€) 439.183645.2381.084.421612.3146.175618.48950.735669.224415.19727.902443.099 The financial figures are determined in accordance with the accounting principles, valid for non-profit organizations. Income and expenses are recognized in the year in which they occur.Return on securities defined as the sum of the income received from investment in securities and the unrealized value changes in securities. The return on securities also include costs payable to professional asset managers.Donations are recognized in the statement of financial activities when the amount is virtually certain to be received and can be reliably measured.Total income recognized in the statement of financial activities when it is probable that the economic benefit will flow to the foundation and the amount of incoming resource can be reliably measured. Expenses are allocated to the year to which they incurred.Project donations are accounted for in the statement of income and expenses and recorded as an obligation on the balance sheet once a commitment is done in the framework of a project application.Operational expenses are calculated based on historical costs and are attributed to the year to which they relate, unless stated otherwise. For risks and charges, inherent to the activities of the foundation, facilities are affected.Financial income and expenses Interest rate (costs and benefits) and exchange results on foreign currency are recognized in the accounting period to which they relate.Net result determined as the difference between the returns on securities and donations and all direct and indirect costs and expenses connected with the reporting year in accordance with the goals of the foundation. 2017 2016 77.083719.041769.124753.709753.70943.675797.384-1.26013.83212.572


ASML Foundation

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