In accordance with the foundation’s articles of incorporation, Philanthropy Connections’ work is overseen by a board. The board consist of four members with Sallo Polak as the chairman of the board. The other three members are René Mendel, Catherine Keyl and Gerard Verberne.
The Board Members and their roles
René Mendel is the treasurer of Philanthropy Connections. For a long time René was affiliated with the University of Amsterdam as a Social Pedagogue and has been the director of "Interakt" for many years now. Interakt produces documentaries, television programmes, websites, DVD's, books and exhibitions with a historical, cultural, educational or social angle.
Catherine Keyl is the specialist for public relations on the Board of Philanthropy Connections. Catherine has been a renowned talk show host on Dutch Television for more than twenty years. She regularly worked with Sallo, who was floor manager for her programmes. Today she writes columns for ha leading Dutch newspaper and makes frequent appearances on TV.
Gerard Verberne is the secretary of the Board. Gerard is a successful entrepreneur with a background in mechanical engineering. Following the sale of his businesses, he works as a consultant and advisor to various companies. In addition, Gerard is active in mediation, and executive coaching.