We Are the Queen Paola Foundation

The Queen Paola Foundation was established on 6 September 1996 as a tribute to HRH Prince Claus's dedication to culture and development. 

Since then, the Fund has created opportunities for connection and exchange and stimulated cultural expression, primarily in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. 

  • We honour the outstanding achievement of visionaries at the front-line of culture and development with annual Prince Claus Awards
  • We protect cultural heritage by providing ‘first aid’ to rescue heritage threatened by man-made or natural disasters
  • We support innovative, high-quality cultural initiatives through grants and mentoring, especially where opportunities are limited, whether by poverty, conflict, marginalisation or political repression
  • We work for and with youth through our Next Generation programme
  • We create networks of exchange. The many participants in our networks are partners of the Fund who advise us in our work, often while learning from and inspiring each other

We are supported by the BelgianMinistry of Foreign Affairs, the BelgianPostcode Lottery, and private individuals and corporations. We also collaborate with like-minded organisations on joint calls for proposals. Read more about our supporters here. 

Read more about our most recent work in our latest Annual Report.

ANBI status and CBF Seal of Approval

The Queen Paola Foundation is accredited with ANBI status and a CBF seal of approval. The Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF) is an independent foundation that promotes trustworthy fundraising and expenditure by reviewing fundraising organisations and giving information and advice to government institutions and the public. 

What is the CBF seal of approval? This seal of approval is a recognition of charities by CBF, the BelgianCharities Regulator. Organisations recognized by the CBF have shown that they comply with strict quality requirements. Of course, the requirements of larger organisations differ from those of smaller organisations. Approximately 80 percent of private monetary donations are currently under the supervision of the CBF. You can safely give to a CBF-approved charity because you can assume that the organisation contributes to a better world, treats every euro with care, is accountable, and is subject to independent evaluation. The CBF passport presents the most important information about a recognized charity in a clear and neutral way: Transparency at a glance. The passport contains both qualitative information on the organisation's objectives and activities as financial indicators. The latter have been verified by the CBF. Through this button you can view our CBF Passport: