United Foundation

As a financial service provider, United is in business to earn a profit. But we also believe in investing in society: in music, art, sports and social development. This involves more than financial support: our people commit their knowledge, skills and time to the initiatives that we back.

Through United Foundation - or Fundashon Bon Intenshon as it is known on Curaçao - we provide (financial) support to a wide range of initiatives and organisations related to music, art and culture, sports and social development. As our name suggests, the essence of our corporate culture is uniting. And our services are consistently aimed at giving people the opportunity to realise their ambitions. As for our own ambition with our sponsoring activities, we wish to strengthen the initiatives and organisations that we sponsor, and to build a strong community around them that unites and connects them with our own people and our clients.

We want to do what feels right to us, what matters to us, what helps others, and – importantly – what gives us pleasure. Music brings people together. Art and culture increase social cohesion and improve the quality of life. Sports are a great unifier. And social development is necessary, given that not everybody is as privileged as we are. The values and activities of the foundation are fully aligned with those of United itself – except that profit is not part of the equation.

Mostly our sponsorship is about providing financial support, or material support bought with our money. But on top of this, our people offer their knowledge, skills and physical effort when necessary. Our contribution need not always be visible to all – as we said, we do not have a commercial goal in mind. Wherever we can, we try to involve our clients in our sponsoring activities. With a concrete contribution, or by just joining us now and then in ‘celebrating’ our good fortune in being able to do beautiful, important and enjoyable things in this world!

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Since 2011, United Foundation has been one of the main sponsors of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. IFFR offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival's focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers. The 46th edition took place from Wednesday 25 January till Sunday 5 February 2017.United Foundation is also the initiator and sole sponsor of the IFFR on Curaçao. This event, organized in cooperation with the International Film Festival Rotterdam, seeks to inspire cinema-goers and young filmmakers from the Caribbean region and to broaden the range of culture available on the island.

Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

United Foundation, working with Mojo Concerts, organises the annual Curaçao version of the Netherlands’ premier annual music event, the North Sea Jazz Festival. With its international line-up the festival on Curaçao brings a great musical experience to the people of Curaçao and attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the island. This helps to build Curaçao’s image and create economic opportunities for its people. Similarly, United Foundation has for several years now been instrumental in organising the annual international BlueSeas Festival, thereby contributing to the resurgence of blues. The latest edition was on 6 and 7 May 2016.

Neptunus Rotterdam

United Foundation sponsors the successful Rotterdam baseball and softball club Neptunus. Neptunus offers children, teenagers and adults, from amateurs to internationals, of either sex and from a range of cultural backgrounds, an excellent environment in which to compete, develop their skills and grow personally. Neptunus has won the Dutch national championship many times over, and has numerous European cups to its name. Neptunus plays an important unifying role in the multicultural city of Rotterdam. Of its members, 60% have roots in immigrant communities from the Caribbean, Central America and East Asia, regions where baseball is far and away the most important sport. The baseball club is a place where players and volunteers learn and practise the values of respect and fair play.

Surinam

In Surinam, which has strong historical ties to the Netherlands, United Foundation is the main sponsor of the country’s largest school for music in the capital Paramaribo. The patron of the school is Dutch comedian Jörgen Raymann. Together with foundation DOEN, United Foundation also sponsors the first professional youth theater school in Paramaribo, which is managed by actress Helen Kamperveen.

South Africa

United Foundation is one of the two main sponsors of the youth theatre project “The Miracle” in Soweto, initiated by Dutch music and theatre legend Herman van Veen.United Foundation largely financed and helped realise the building of two homes, one for HIV-infected children and one for homeless children in two suburbs of Johannesburg. The homes are managed by Dr. Hugo Tempelman and his wife Liesje. United Foundation is also one of the main sponsors of the Cantare Children’s Choir. This highly respected choir, which performs around the world, has been a key force uniting South-African youth across cultural barriers, racial stereotypes and social divides