Who we are
The ASML Foundation is an independent charity registered in the Netherlands. Our aim is to increase the self-sufficiency of disadvantaged 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, we mainly support projects in the regions where ASML operates ‒ Asia, Europe and the US. These include the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Israel and the US states where ASML operates.
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 2015, we sponsored 28 projects in 15 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 7.2 million to more than 320 projects in 57 countries (US states are counted separately).
ASML is the world’s leading maker of lithography equipment for the semi-conductor industry. 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 salary and it supports us with an annual contribution of EUR 450,000. In this way, ASML shows its commitment to the communities in which it operates.
To emphasize our strong connection to ASML, we have linked our strategy as a foundation to the company's vision and mission. This means we focus on educational projects that promote diversity and technology, reflecting ASML's innovative, high-tech business and its multinational workforce.
Diversity also means we consider different types of disadvantages children may have - some may be in underprivileged communities with little access to education, while others may have special education needs. 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, either by improving quality education where this is not available, or education that is better aimed at their needs.
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:
Chairperson and Director of ASML Foundation
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.
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.
Our Supervisory Board
Our Supervisory Board consists of the following three members:
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.
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.
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.
Some examples of projects we currently support:
Who we support
Children are the future and at the ASML Foundation we believe education is the key that unlocks their potential. That’s why we financially support educational projects in the regions where ASML is active, to give disadvantaged youngsters (4-18 years old) here a better start in life. For some children, this could mean access to basic primary schooling in areas where there is none. Others may have more complex educational needs, for example autistic children, or they might require vocational training.
The projects we support are mainly in ASML countries so that ASML employees can get involved as volunteers. Several projects also have a technology link, which fits with the skills ASML wants to nurture as a high-tech, knowledge-based company. Finally, we expect the projects we support to have a wider impact on their local communities, benefiting the direct participants and many others.
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.
The ASML Foundation financially sponsors or co-sponsors around 30 educational projects a year, either directly or through third-party organizations. See ‘Our projects’ for more information.
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..
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
- salaries or operational expenses of projects
- art-related projects
- construction projects
- projects that are executed in Africa or South America
Is your project eligible based on the above criteria?
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’.
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)
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