About us

People for People Foundation is a collective of entrepreneurs who strive to support people of all nationalities who seek safety and asylum in the Netherlands by taking action to meet essential needs and build humane and dignified living conditions.

We are committed to supporting those seeking safety and peace in any way we can, regardless of their background.

We vow to focus on what unites us, and not on what divides us.

We’ll abstain from passing judgment on anyone or anything.

The people

It all starts with finding the right people. We worked with many volunteers over the past few months. In total 60+ are involved in our community and on average 10-15 people are actively involved on a daily basis.

Leadership

  • Marcella Simons – foundation director
  • Jesse van der Meulen – advisory board
  • PJ van Krevel – advisory board
  • Ali Niknam – co-founder
  • Joris Beckers – co-founder
  • Robert Vis – co-founder

Core team

  • Irene de Bot – partnerships
  • Yvo van Rijen – key projects
  • Julia de Fuentes – key projects
  • Michelle Loh – key projects
  • Flavio Fonseca – key projects
  • Andrea Hak – communications
  • Daniël Eisinger – bank accounts
  • Sophie Dopheide – jobs

What we do

1. We help people directly on the ground (local support) and through our network of partner foundations (online & in NL)
2. We enable foundations to grow their impact and reach more people by matching our network’s assets with their needs
3. We coordinate initiatives around basic human needs: local support, employment & visas, housing, food, medicines, logistics & transport, finances, integration, information, etc.

People for People Foundation: a six-month reflection

What happens when you build an aid organization like a startup?

Join the movement

We match people and foundations in need with companies that can fulfill these needs. We enable organizations such as Vluchtelingenwerk, Movement On The Ground, Takecarebnb, OpenEmbassy, On My Way UA, Netherlands for Ukraine and Lifeline Ukraine increase their impact.

Are you interested in exploring how you can use your talent and resources to make an impact? Join forces with like minded organizations including bunq, Picnic, Messagebird, and Booking.com. Examples of activities we could explore together:

  • Donate your assets (money, goods or services)
  • Offer work and attract new talent
  • Involve your customers
  • Engage your employees
  • Take a stand and engage your network

Founding story

The start of the Russian-Ukrainian war in February shocked the world, affecting everyone across generations and nationalities. While governments and global agencies grappled with the international implications of this tragic situation, a collective of entrepreneurs joined forces to get as many people affected by the war to safety as possible, marking the beginning of the journey of the People for People Foundation. What started as a message on LinkedIn by Ali Niknam, CEO of bunq, has grown faster and wider than expected.

At People for People we vow to focus on what unites us, regardless of people’s background. We believe that we, as entrepreneurs, can adapt quickly to changing circumstances, take action on behalf of those escaping conflict and use our resources where, when and as long as they are needed.

As wars continue to evolve, so do the needs of their victims. As an organization, People for People was created in the entrepreneurial spirit. Rather than staying fixed, we aim to change and adapt along with those needs.