About NLnet foundation
The history of NLnet goes back to 1982 when a group of Europeans led by former NLnet director and member of the Internet Hall of Fame Teus Hagen announced the European Unix Network (EUnet) which became the first public wide area network in Europe and the place where internet was introduced to Europe. NLnet also pioneered the worlds first dial-in and ISDN infrastructure with full country coverage. In 1997 all commercial activities were sold to UUnet (now Verizon) and since that time NLnet has focussed on supporting the open internet, and the privacy and security of internet users. NLnet's core business is to support independent organizations and people that contribute to an open information society. We provide microgrants, advice and access to an interesting global network we established over the years.
The foundation "Stichting NLnet" stimulates network research and development in the domain of Internet technology. The articles of association for the NLnet foundation state: "to promote the exchange of electronic information and all that is related or beneficial to that purpose".
NLnet does not directly benefit from the undertaken projects, and all developments are published as Open Source.Read the Articles of Association (in : statuten, PDF)
NLnet Tax Authority Status
Stichting NLnet is a recognised philantropic non-profit foundation according to the Netherlands Tax Authority (Belastingdienst), and there is a vast network of tax treaties with most countries around the world. Donations to NLnet foundation qualify under many circumstances as charitable donations, we are happy to help you find out if this is the case for your donation. To make it easy to review our compliance documentation regarding this status as a Public Benefit Organisation (Dutch: Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling) we have compiled an overview of information, according to current (as of January 2014) Netherlands tax regulations.
We are actively working with the European Commission and partners such as Campus Party, NESTA, Startup Weekend and INCYDE to improve the opportunities and odds for startups and young technologists in Europe and beyond.
Fiscal Number and Business Registers
- Legal Entities and Partnerships Information Number (Rechtspersonen Samenwerkingsverbanden Informatie Nummer, RSIN): 007989398
- Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) Amsterdam: 41208365
NLnet is a Sponsor Member of the NLUUG (promotes the professional use of Open Systems and Open Standards)
NLnet is a Sponsor Member of ISOC.nl, the Dutch chapter of the Internet Society.