Effective Altruism Netherlands

What is effective altruism?

We all want to do something good for others but improving the world is not easy.How do you know whether an idea works in practice, and over the long run? And what works best? To know that, you need to investigate what the options are and what those options can bring. That’s what effective altruism is about. Effective altruism is the application of reason and evidence in order to use our resources as effectively as possible for others.

EAN endorses the principles of effective altruism according to the Center for Effective Altruism in Oxford.

What does EAN do?

Effective Altruism Netherlands (EAN) was founded as a charitable organization in January 2017. It’s mission is to encourage people and organizations and to do as much good as possible.

People who want to do good as effectively as possible often lack a network of like-minded people to work together with. EAN is building the Dutch network for effective altruism to solve that.

EAN is a catalyst, connector and contact point. We help effective altruists to build networks with specific goals; connect people with those networks and with each other; and we try to ensure good and nuanced communication about effective altruism in the Netherlands.

Read more about our strategy here.

Read more about the importance of the work of organizations such as EAN here.

Further details on the organization and the latest policy plan (in Dutch) can be found here. And you can contact us via this form or via info@effectiefaltruisme.nl.

Networks EAN cooperates with

Effective Giving
Effective Giving is a community of funds and philanthropists who together learn how to use their resources to contribute maximally to a better world.

Effective altruist career workshops
Yaël and Alje from Talent2Gather offer workshops in which students learn to apply effective altruism in their careers. How can your choices lead to an interesting, satisfying career that maximally contributes to a better world? The workshops are based on the thorough research of 80,000 Hours in Oxford.
Please contact us if you are interested.

Road to AI Safety Excellence (RAISE)
RAISE is working on a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on developing artificial intelligence that is safe and beneficial to the world.See this wiki for an overview, ask your questions in the Facebook group, and fill in this form if you want to contribute.

EAN is searching for effective altruists that want to set up networks in other sectors too.
If you are interested and/or have ideas, please contact us.

Who are we?

EAN is a new foundation with a board of three, a full-time workforce of two and a few dozen volunteers. We are advised by international organizations in the field of effective altruism and Dutch experts in the philanthropic and academic sector. Our donors so far include Triodos Foundation, Jazi Foundation, and Spiritual Innovation FundIn addition, we are supported by a growing group of private donors.


Sjir Hoeijmakers
Sjir HoeijmakersExecutive director
Remmelt Ellen
Remmelt EllenOperations manager


Kellie Liket
Kellie LiketPresident
Gert van Vugt
Gert van VugtSecretary
Imma Six
Imma SixTreasurer

Advisory board

Michelle Hutchinson
Michelle Hutchinson
Jonas Vollmer
Jonas Vollmer
Robert Boogaard
Robert Boogaard
Alexander Rinnooy Kan
Alexander Rinnooy Kan

Our path so far

From January to June 2017, EAN supported effective altruist projects. Those are summarized here.

On May 28, 2017, EAN launched its activities with a large event in Utrecht. Philosopher Peter Singer gave an introductory lecture on effective altruism, and people working in a variety of sectors came together to discuss how they could do good more effectively.

Since July 2017 EAN has a new strategy: we are building the Dutch network for effective altruism.

Support us

In order to achieve our ambitious goals, we urgently need additional funding. This would enable us to professionally support and expand the first networks and build an infrastructure in which (new) networks can thrive. We are fundraising for 30,000 euros in the short term. With those funds we will be able to use the next six months to confirm or falsify the impact of our strategy.

You can easily make a donation using iDEAL, PayPal, or credit card via the link from Heroes & Friends below. Alternatively, you can transfer your donation to IBAN: NL48 TRIO 0338 5113 26 Stg Effectief Altruïsme, BIC: TRIONL2U (no transaction costs).

Thank you for your support! We are doing our very best to make your donation as impactful as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Sjir Hoeijmakers via sjir@effectiefaltruisme.nl.

EAN has ANBI status at the Dutch tax office, so donations are deductible from income tax under certain conditions.

Local groups and online discussion

Effective altruism is still new in the Netherlands, but it is quickly spreading. There are already seven groups that organize events, from social meetups to informative lectures. These groups are a good place to learn more about effective altruism and to meet other effective altruists and exchange ideas.

The local groups are independent of Effective Altruism Netherlands (EAN). EAN supports the local groups insofar that contributes to EAN’s mission.

Next to the local groups you can also get in contact with other effective altruists online, for example via the Dutch national Facebook group. Members often share articles or have discussions about various topics related to effective altruism.