Alternatives 4 Children

Alternatives 4 Children (A4C) is an independent charitable foundation established in 2011 in the Netherlands with the aim to involve professionals from the (Alternative) Financial industry. Originally founded by professionals from the Dutch Alternatives Industry, we are now open to all countries and people from the financial industry. We are currently in the process of opening a London Chapter.

Goal & Vision

A4C will support sustainable projects and raise money for charities involved in improving the living standards of children. The foundation is a private initiative of a number of professionals from the investment industry.


Our mission is to improve and develop children’s wellbeing with a focus on developing countries and the Netherlands to providing long lasting alternatives to children in need with a focus on education.

• Raise funds from the financial industry with a focus on the alternative investment network; and
• Carefully select projects involved with children In order to
• Help children get access to (a better) education; and
• Ultimately help populations become self-sustainable.

Project selection criteria

Our goal is to provide children with the opportunities they deserve by promoting education, safety and promoting development needs. Keeping this goal in mind, we choose projects based on the following six criteria:

  • Provide alternatives for children.

    Focus on projects, which significantly improve the chances of children living in difficult conditions in the following areas:
    • Education
    • Healthcare
    • Hygiene & clean water
    • Housing and family support

  • Sustainability

    Focus on projects that have the ability of becoming sustainable either financially or through durability.

  • Independence

    Our support should lead to self-sufficiency and the projects should not be dependent on permanent funding. Our support should contribute to an entrepreneurial, self-reliant project. We require the projects we select to show personal involvement and commitment by setting objectives and realistic short plus long term goals. Therefore, we aim to support projects for a maximum of three years, although this may be extended depending on circumstances.

  • Local anchoring

    Personal involvement of parents, teachers and the local community ensures the strong and steady commitment to the projects. This willingness is important to ensure the durability of the project and therefore a prerequisite for our project selection.

  • Transparency

    We require our projects to be fully transparent on the allocation of our funding. The project’s manager needs to clarify objectives as well as short and long term goals. We expect them to communicate regularly through our monitoring reports and update us when any relevant event occurs.

  • Small scale

    We will select small scale projects to ensure maximum added value and impact of our investment. This way we can set realistic goals for the projects we select and have a clear overview on how our funding is allocated. The growth of our funding will lead to diversification among several small projects.

The A4C team

  • Edith Bisschop
  • Marc Hamel
  • Didy Michels van der Schilden
  • Oliver Gaunt
  • Ralph Blaes
  • Sophie Robe
  • Leonoor den Ottolander
  • Nathaly Leers
  • Peter de Vries
  • Valerie Reinhold
  • Marc de Kloe
  • Remco Bleijs
  • Hilde Klok
  • Niels Oostenbrug
  • Ruud Hendriks
  • Walter Sarin
  • Sebastiaan Heijman
  • Rogier van den Berg
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