The Netherlands' BankGiro Loterij saw its revenues rise to more than €128 million in 2011. Half of this figure - €64 million - will go to cultural and cultural-heritage institutions in the Netherlands. That means players of the cultural lottery will make their largest contribution ever to cultural causes. The BankGiro Loterij named the institutions that would share this record sum on Monday at its Goed Geld Gala. In total, 58 organisations will receive cheques for multiyear or one-time support.

New beneficiaries
Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam will receive multiyear financial support from the BankGiro Loterij beginning in 2012, with five annual contributions of €200,000. Another public favourite, the Hermitage Amsterdam, will receive €300,000 annually for the next five years.

One-time awards
Six cultural institutions will receive one-time funding. De Haar castle near Utrecht, which reopened in June 2011 after a large-scale renovation, will receive €1 million for the purchase of the castle’s collection. This donation nearly completes fundraising for the project. The lottery hopes the cash injection will spur other foundations and government bodies to close the last financial gaps.

The Zaans Museum aims to grow its annual visitor numbers to 100,000 from 60,000. The BankGiro Loterij will provide the museum with a one-time €500,000 gift to update its main exhibition.

Support around the country
BankGiro Loterij players live all over the Netherlands. The lottery thus makes a point of supporting cultural institutions around the country. The lottery is already supporting the Fries Museum, Drents Museum, Noordbrabants Museum and Zeeuws Museum. Joining them this year is the Limburgs Museum in Venlo, which will receive a one-time contribution of €600,000 to update its exhibition.

Special projects
Foam and the Nederlands Fotomuseum will receive an extra contribution for a special project. Together, they will receive €449,969 to organise a new annual event, Fotoweek. For seven days, the Netherlands will celebrate photography with “photography night”, exhibitions, and the selection of the Netherlands’ “national photographers”.
Eight other organisations will also receive contributions for special projects. The Fries Museum will receive €446,148 for a regional arts talent search. The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds will get €500,000 to make five summer festivals – including Noorderzon in Groningen, Oerol on Terschelling, and Theaterfestival Boulevard ’s-Hertogenbosch – extra-special and -festive. The Rijksmuseum will receive €1.5 million to hold a free international sculpture exhibition in the museum’s gardens every summer for five years after its reopening.

State Secretary Fred Teeven: “A wonderful, valuable thing”
The guest speaker at the gala, Fred Teeven, the Dutch State Secretary responsible for lottery policy, shared his vision of lottery policy and lotteries’ social benefits. Among the subjects he discussed was permits. “When we begin issuing lottery permits according to the new system, we will certainly take into account the financial interest charitable organisations have in lottery profits,” he said. “I think it's a wonderful, valuable thing that a large part of Dutch lottery revenues go to charity. So I certainly wish to maintain this principle and even strengthen it where possible.”

New chair for Supervisory Board
The BankGiro Loterij is part of Holding Nationale Goede Doelen Loterijen. At the lottery’s Goed Geld Gala, Boudewijn Poelmann, the chairman of the board of directors, announced Dr. Cees Veerman would take office as chair of the Supervisory Board in April. He will succeed interim chair Pieter Winsemius. Veerman, the Netherlands' former Minister of Agriculture, was until recently the chair of Natuurmonumenten.