Who we are
The Crowd Versus is a crowdfunding platform for legal action against multinationals – and if necessary governments – that make their profits at the expense of people and nature. By collectively raising money for targeted legal action, we can withstand their disproportional power. We, together with you, are there to help NGOs/nonprofits fund their lawsuits and other legal actions against conglomerates. These actions are pursued on behalf of a community or ecosystem.
The Crowd Versus is a facilitating platform, not an activistic one. And we don’t work for profit, but for justice. The people behind The Crowd Versus are a diverse mix, with backgrounds in law, public affairs, business, strategy and media. In their joint drive to make the world a fairer and more sustainable place, they dedicate their skills and a substantial part of their free time to The Crowd Versus.
Public Benefit Organization
The Dutch Tax Administration has designated The Crowd Versus to be an “Public Benefit Organisation” (Dutch: Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling, ANBI). Public Benefit Organizations (PBOs) are offered a number of tax advantages:
- A PBO does not pay Dutch inheritance tax or gift tax on inheritances or gifts that the institution allocates to the general good.
- A PBO does not pay Dutch gift tax on gifts that the institution makes for the general good.
- Natural and legal persons making donations to a PBO may deduct their gifts from their Dutch income tax or corporate income tax.
The Crowd Versus
Jan van Nassaustraat 102
2596 BW The Hague
Triodos Bank IBAN: NL33 TRIO 078 472 39 15
RSIN number: 853806354
Chambre of Commerce number: 60200669
Since our incorporation on March 10, 2014, our statutory goal is: To promote, protect, support and stimulate social, environmental and economic justice on local and regional and global level for current and future generations.
For the next years our current strategy focusses on transforming the current TheCrowdVersus.org platform into a crowd-funding community aimed at raising recurring donations. For a small monthly donation of € 5 or more visitors can adopt a high-impact court case, which allows you to:
- Join a case-community connecting you directly with the local NGO campaigning for the case
- Receive updates about relevant case developments and interviews with victims and/or their activist lawyer
- Share case content (videos, blogs, social media memes, etc.) on your personal YouVersus page via social media to raise public awareness and to invite friends to join in adopting the case
This new crowd-funding community is targeted to realize within the next 5 years at least:
- 12,500 case adopters from around the world
- 50 high-impact cases in defense of basic rights (global and local)
- € 125,000 monthly recurring donations / € 1.500.000 per year
In compliance with the Dutch ANBI regulations, all members of the Executive Board and the Advisory board receive no income other than for expenses. The operational leaders are paid a very modest managementfee within the lower ranges of the Dutch renumeration norms for the public sector.
Download our annual accounts (in Dutch) here:
Our executive board consists of 3 members with very different backgrounds in legal, finance, public affairs, strategy and media. Inspired by a shared passion for justice and sustainability, they dedicate their skills and a substantial part of their free time to lead The Crowd Versus foundation:
Jan van de Venis (President)
Jan Willem Nieuwenhuys (Treasurer)
Inge Wallage (General board member)
Our advisory board with extensive international experience in many areas of expertise is installed to support the executive board:
Richard Harvey (Barrister at Garden Court Chambers; lead Counsel at ICTY)
Maarten de Jong (Managing Director at Oneplanetcrowd)
Kumi Naidoo (Executive Director at African Civil Society Centre
Godwin Ojo (Executive Environmental Rights Action / Friends of the Earth Nigeria)
Uygar Ozesmi (Director Eastern Europe and West Asia at Change.org)
Leida Rijnhout (Programme Coordinator Resource Use & Consumption at Friends of the Earth Europe)
Michel Uiterwaal (Human Rights Lawyer and Advisor on Extractives, Human Rights and Conflict at IKV Pax)
Samantha Smith (Leader Global Climate and Energy Initiative at WWF International)
Cees van Dam (Professor of International Business and Human Rights at Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Maartje van Putten (Managing Director at Global Accountability)
Gert van Maanen (Expert in development banking and micro-finance)
Joris Voorhoeve (Chair board of trustees at Oxfam International)
The operation is powered by great employees and volunteers:
Marco Witschge (Platform Lead)
Sander Koolwijk (Communication Lead)
Jone van Rees (Campaign Coordinator)
Linde Nieuwenhuys (Financial assistant)
Marja Le Bens (Team Communication)
Sandra Vervoort (Social Media)
Communication and Design
A few engaged buro’s have joined The Crowd Versus.
This That + The Other (strategy and communication advisory)
310K (identity, logo, audiovisual and design)
Mirvoud (copy- and communication advisory)