Roosevelt Organisations

Roosevelt Foundation

The Roosevelt Foundation is a private foundation established in 1982 to organize the Four Freedoms Awards ceremony in Middelburg, the Netherlands and for that purpose cooperates with the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, New York. Together with the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute our mission is to inform new generations of the ideals and achievements of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and to inspire the application of their spirit of optimism and innovation to the solution of current problems.


Han Polman, Chair
Ton Brandenbarg, vice-Chair
Hans Rijkse, Treasurer
Rob Meines
Hein van Ameijden
Geert van Maanen
Tijo Collot d'Escury
Pieter Jan Mersie, Secretary


Joke Brandt - Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Siebe Riedstra - Secretary-General of the Ministry of Safety and Justice
Chris Breedveld - director of the King’s Office
Hans Wijers
Marieke van Schaik - Managing Director Nationale Postcode Loterij
Dick Boer - CEO Ahold/Delhaize

Special advisors

Alexander Wynaendts - CEO AEGON N.V.
Pieter de Gooijer - Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union
Alex van Heeren - investor, businessman and honorary consul

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Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute

The Roosevelt Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all. 

In cooperation with the Theodore Roosevelt Association and the provincial government of Zeeland, the province from which the Roosevelts emigrated to the New World in the 17th century, the Roosevelt Institute encourages the study of American history abroad through its support of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, which opened in September 1986 as a living memorial to Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.


Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Chair
George L. Knox, vice-Chair
Alison Overseth, vice-Chair
William R. Griffith, Treasurer
William J. vanden Heuvel Founder & Chair Emeritus
Felicia Wong President and CEO