The Europeana Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation that operates the Europeana platform and contributes to other digital initiatives that put cultural heritage to good use in the world. Our work helps to develop an open, knowledgeable and creative society.
Access to cultural heritage is vital to humankind - to our knowledge and understanding of who we are, where we’ve come from and what we can become. At the Europeana Foundation we work to democratise access to culture - digitally - so that everyone in our society is empowered to embrace diversity and flourish.
We do this collaboratively. We cross borders - and where necessary, break them down. Our range of projects and partnerships create positive change in and around the cultural heritage sector through new shared services, models and frameworks that contribute to the digital transformation and sustainability of our diverse sector.
We promote the use of digital technology that makes cultural heritage online accessible, traceable and trustworthy, which in turn means people can explore it, use it and learn from it with confidence.
We ensure our work is relevant to the world we live in - and the world we want to build - by aligning it with UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The Europeana Foundation and a consortium of 23 partners are tasked by the European Commission to run the Europeana platform, in close collaboration with the Europeana Aggregators’ Forum and the Europeana Network Association.
The Europeana Foundation employs approximately 60 staff members representing around 20 different nationalities based in our main office in The Hague. The organisation is led by Harry Verwayen, Executive Director, and steered by a Governing Board of 20 experts from cultural and scientific heritage organisations across Europe chaired by Elisabeth Niggemann.