Upon the formation, Pieter and Françoise Geelen chose four objectives for the foundation’s grantmaking: education, art, nature conservation and leprosy research. Nature conservation and education projects supported focus on developing countries (primarily in Africa); art projects supported take place in the Netherlands. The budget is roughly €3,000,000 per year. Since it was founded, the Turing Foundation has made donations or allocated donations for 300 (multi-)year projects totalling about €40,000,000. The Turing Foundation was awarded in 2009 and in 2011 with the Transparancy Award for the best annual year report.
The name of the foundation honours Alan Turing (1912-1954), the British scientist who is regarded by many as the founder of modern computer science. His so-called 'Turing Machine' laid the foundations for the Complexity Theory; his 'Turing Test' is one of the philosophical cornerstones of Artificial Intelligence. Turing also helped decipher the Enigma Code during World War II, which was used by German submarines to key their information.
Turing has always been one of the heroes of our founder, Pieter Geelen. When Geelen and a friend who studied computer science together started a company in 1991, they named it the Turing Machine Company. In 2005 this company was renamed TomTom and it was listed on the Dutch stock exchange. From the proceeds of that IPO the Turing Foundation was founded.
The Turing Foundation currently has no open positions.
Director Art, Leprosy, Finance
Ellen studied history at the University of Amsterdam. For three years, she was the Turing Foundation's project manager, responsible for monitoring and evaluation of art- and education projects. She has worked previously as project manager at the VSB Fund, in External Relations at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and as Director's Assistant the Heritage Foundation Heemschut.
Director Nature and Climate
Lian studied political science at the University of Amsterdam. She previously worked as a business and program manager at the Porticus Foundation. In addition to her work at the Turing Foundation, she is party leader of the PvdA in Amsterdam and spokesperson for sustainability, circular economy and energy transition.
Florentine van Waesberghe-Six
Projectmanager Art and Education
Florentine studied Dutch Law at Groningen University. She has previously worked as project manager at Fortis Foundation and MVO Nederland and as project coordinator of the Turing Museumpleinbus for the Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.
Board members do not receive any renumeration for their work on behalf of the Turing Foundation. Directors and staff receive renumeration comparable to similar funds and ngo's in The Netherlands.
The Turing Foundation has been awarded ANBI charitable status; Fiscal number 81 61 09 229.
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