King Baudouin Foundation


The King Baudouin Foundation (KBF) helps to improve living conditions for the population. KBF supports projects and citizens who are committed to create a better society. In this way we can make a lasting contribution towards greater justice, democracy and respect for diversity.


Established in 1976 in Belgium. - In its 1976 Constitution the KBF is described as "an independent structure that encourages original ideas and sets up new projects". The KBF works on an independent and pluralistic basis. This is also guaranteed by the diverse backgrounds of our Board of Governors and our staff. We respect diversity and strive towards quality, transparency and integrity. The KBF combines grant giving and operational methods.
The KBF focuses on specific themes and is based in Brussels, but also supports projects far beyond the borders of Belgium and Europe, mainly in Africa. By working together with a range of different organisations, we aim to harmonise our own mission as effectively as possible with the efforts made by others.
The KBF has cofounded the Transnational Giving Europe network. Operating as a domestic 501(c)(3) public charity based in New York, the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS) facilitates thoughtful, effective giving to Europe and Africa.

Grantmaking Programs


The foundation's Belgium program focuses on the issues of poverty, social justice, civic engagement, education, health, science and medical research, heritage and developing talent.


King Baudouin African Development Prize

Rewarding individuals or organizations who are making an outstanding contribution to development in Africa. The prize pays particular attention to initiatives that improve the quality of life and empowering local communities to take development into their own hands.

Marie-Antoinette Carlier Fund

The fund supports initiatives aimed at young people in the fields of water, education, and health. It provides financial support to local projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Bas-Congo, Bandundu, Katanga and Kinshasa) and Burundi.

Dr. Denis Mukwege - Panzi Hospital Fund

The fund is for restoring the dignity of female victims of sexual violence in the DR Congo.

Renaissance Fund, for women in Bukavu

The fund aims to improve the health of pregnant women in the region of Bukavu (DR Congo) by providing them with prenatal care.