Dorine Manson has been appointed managing director of the Charity Lotteries (Dutch Postcode Lottery, BankGiro Lottery and the FriendsLottery). She has left VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (the Dutch Council for Refugees), where she has been director and later chair of the board for the past eight years. The position of managing director at the Lotteries fell vacant after Marieke van Schaik recently announced that she would start work as the new director of the Dutch Red Cross.

844 green start-ups have submitted their sustainable business plans and entered this year's edition. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is intended for the winner to bring to market their product or service that helps combat climate change. Another €200,000 is reserved for the runner-up. The other three finalists also win €100,000. In addition to the prize money, all finalists will receive over six months of expert coaching to optimise their business opportunities.

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018 now underway
Starting on Thursday, 1 March, green start-ups from all over the world can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. The competition has expanded to become one of the largest annual sustainability competitions in the world. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is intended for the winner. 

Actor and environmental activist special guest on Postcode Lottery charity gala
At the annual event at which the Dutch Postcode Lottery donated a total of 357.5 million euro to more than 100 charitable organisations, Leonardo DiCaprio spoke as special guest. He spoke on behalf of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which he established in 1998. In his speech, he expressed his concern regarding the irreversible effects that greed and indifference are having on our planet. It was his awareness of this that led him to establish his foundation, with which he wants to work on a solution to turn the tide and to motivate as many people as possible. DiCaprio: "If we can replicate more innovative models like the Dutch Postcode Lottery that raise far more resources for the people on the ground making a real, tangible difference we stand a chance at turning the tide and protecting this beautiful planet.”

Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again third in the City A.M. Charity Index 2017, which collates the biggest private charity donors in the world. Every year, British business newspaper City A.M. publishes a ranking of the world’s biggest donors to charitable organisations.

Numbers one and two are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (United States) and the Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom). The list is compiled by Professor Theo Schuyt and his team of the VU University Amsterdam.

Newsroom archive

  1. Postcode Lottery receives licence in Norway
  2. Rwandan start-up EarthEnable wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  3. Five start-ups compete head to head for investment of half a million euros in cash
  4. 25 start-ups still in the running for the grand prize of €500.000
  5. A record number of 515 green entrepreneurs in the running for 500,000 euros
  6. Green start-ups can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  7. Charity lotteries listed as a Dutch tradition in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory (UNESCO)
  8. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world
  9. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
  10. The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany
  11. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries world’s 3rd largest private charity donor
  12. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  13. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize
  14. Annemiek is People’s Postcode Lottery’s First Woman
  15. Swedish Postcode Lottery raises more than 120 million EUR for good causes
  16. Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
  17. Chelsea Clinton joins People's Postcode Lottery to celebrate over £10,000,000 for good causes at Charity Gala
  18. Swedish Postcode Lottery’s record donations: SEK 945 million
  19. Postcode Lottery raises record €284 million for charity
  20. More and more Dutch choose which charities to play for
  21. Lottery players' support gains importance for cultural institutions
  22. Winning is a 'dream come true' for Scottish charities