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About Alert Fund

Alert Fund for Youth (Alert Fund) has held a unique and independent position in the Dutch and international funding scene since 1991. Alert Fund is an independent fund, supporting actions, protests and other activistisc projects run by young people. Alert Fund wants young activists to be heard better and more often, but thinks that only young people themselves can achieve this. That is why Alert Fund supports national and international actions organized by young people with small subsidies. Alert Fund is sustained by a group of enthusiastic board members, all volunteers and between 18 and 36 years old.

Emma Alexandra Broholm (she/her) (25)
Member since: 2020
Role: Chair, Board Member
I believe that activism provides a voice for marginalized groups in our society and to fight for equality and sustainability. In my life outside Alert, I am a freelance coordinator for non-profits and the filmsector, researcher, and consultant regarding in the field of children’s rights, climate rights and the intersection in these areas.

Hugo Hanema (he/him) (25)
Member since: 2019
Role: Secretary, Board Member
Activism for me means the realization that the rights of marginalized groups are never set in stone, but constantly need to be defended against those that try to take them away. This doesn’t just happen in the voting booth, but also via direct action. I have a background in social sciences and am starting a study in economical sciences. In my spare time, I like to occupy myself with (radical) left-wing politics. Other hobbies include music, reading and playing chess.

Joran van Apeldoorn (he/him) (28)
Member since: 2019
Role: Treasurer, Property Management, Board Member
To me, activism means living up to you own morals above laws and regulations imposed by those in power. There is tremendous oppression in society, and therefore action will always necessary. I believe that you achieve the most as an individual and through direct action, and less so as a voter or consumer. In my daily, I am a researcher at the University of Amsterdam, regarding the social and legal impact of new technologies. My background is in mathematics and computer science. 

Timo Bravo Rebolledo (he/him) (32)
Member since: 2017
Role: Board Member
Activism to me means striving for, and actively engaging to realize progressive change in society. In my daily life, I work at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as senior advisor, where I deal with information management issues on the intersection between digitalization and the public sector.

Bruno Miguel (he/him/they/them)(31)
Member since: 2021
Role: Board Member
Activism to me is the realization that your life is inherently social: it depends on and is dependent on others. Therefore, you have both the right and the duty to actively participate in social issues, which are of influence, so as to not have them decided upon and applied in mechanical and impersonal ways. Activism is the realization of your social potential. I am an immigrant from Portugal, with a background in political science and accounting.

Marlies Klinkenberg (she/her) (25)
Member since: 2021
Role: Board Member
Standing up for a just world and speaking out against oppressive systems: that’s what activism is to me. If it were up to me, everyone would be an activist! Standing up for yourself and others (especially minorities) should be considered normal. Besides being a board member with Alert, I am a (medical) anthropologist lost on the job market, a climate activist, a music lover, a game night fan, an amateur soccer player and a budding bouldering enthusiast.

Wouter Keijzer (he/him) (23)
Member since: 2022
Role: Board Member
To me, activism is questioning and resisting power structures that undermine rights and freedoms of the opressed. To bring about change, societal foundations have to be challenged. I’m a student of cultural/political anthropology. Besides that, I spend my time hiking, listening to an making music, and taking care of my plants.

Daan de Grefte (he/him) (27)
Member since: 2022
Role: Board Member
Anyone who is committed to what they believe in is an activist as far as I am concerned. Activism is at the heart of a healthy democracy, because it drives positive developments in politics and society. That is why it is important to support the activism those people who have fewer opportunities.
I work for several NGOs as a freelance lawyer and researcher, where I’m primarily involved in strategic litigation and advocacy in support of support the Palestinian solidarity movement in Europe. I have worked extensively with refugees in the past and have worked for multiple human rights NGOs abroad.

Tom Verdonk (they/them) (23)
Member since: 2022
For me, activism means contesting broken systems even though you as a person do not necessarily suffer from them. Direct action is not only a way of showing what is truly important, it is also a way of looking out for each other and showing solidarity to one another.
I have a background in musicology. My hobbies are street art and studying (internet) subcultures.

Besides our board, Alert Fund has one paid employee – the coordinator:

Oscar Talbot (he/him) (26)
Employed since: 2022
Activism for me can take many forms. At its core activism involves directly challenging structures of oppression. Another important aspect is educating yourself and others about a wide variety of struggles and bringing marginalised issues into the political realm – not necessarily limited to the electoral process.
I am a PhD candidate at the UvA working on issues of climate justice and abolitionist theory

Finally, Alert Fund has an Advisory Board, who advises the board on policy matters. Our Advisory Board Members are:

Maarten van der Drift

  • Advisory Board Member since 2019 
  • Previous Board Member and Secretary Alert Fund (1991-1996) 

Frits Nieuwerth-van den Akker 

  • Advisory Board Member since 2019
  • Previous Board Member Alert Fund

Tjerk Feitsma

  • Advisory Board Member since 2019
  • Previous Board Member Alert Fund

Els Rijke

  • Advisory Board Member since 2020
  • Previous Board Member and Chair Alert Fund (2001-2006)