Board of Directors
Isabel Penne (president)
Isabel has more than 35 years of experience in friendraising (coordinator of alumni activities) and fundraising (director of University Fund) at KU Leuven. After a reorganisation, she was assigned a new position in 2019. Since 2020 she is sharing her expertise in fundraising through Isabel Penne Consultancy as a secondary profession. Isabel held many positions with CASE (Council for the Advancement and support of Education). She is co-founder and president of Fundraisers Belgium.
LinkedIn Isabel Penne
"Thanking donors is the cornerstone of good donor stewardship. And donor stewardship creates long-lasting relationships that are the bread and butter of nonprofits. Thanking donors fosters a sense of loyalty and inclusion that in turn inspires bigger and more frequent generosity." - GiveForms Blog
Ilja De Coster (vice-president)
Ilja De Coster is senior fundraising consultant and fundraising data strategist. For over 20 years he has been supporting the fundraising of several large and small organizations (e.g. Sensoa, Amnesty International, …) . Since january 2017 he is Fundraising Data Strategist at DonorVoice.
LinkedIn Ilja De Coster
"The next big thing is doing the basics better."
Josti Gadeyne (secretary)
Josti Gadeyne is head of partnerships, philanthropy and development at River Cleanup. She has almost 15 years of experience in fundraising. She worked in fundraising and communications at Dimpna Fonds (Ziekenhuis Geel) and at Dierenartsen Zonder Grenzen/ Vétérinaires Sans Frontières. She also worked in Senegal for Enabel and in Guatemala for Broederlijk Delen.
LinkedIn Josti Gadeyne
"Donors don't give to organisations, they give to people. Give your organisation a face, show people of flesh and blood and tell their story.”
Jeroen Brugge (treasurer)
Jeroen Brugge has over 30 years of experience in the private sector and organisations such as Plan International, Oxfam Fairtrade, 11.11.11., Natuurpunt etc. Today, Jeroen works as a Fundraising Expert for 11.11.11. and as a consultant for non- and social profit organisations which he guides towards a performing marcom and fundraising strategy, preferably linked to implementation. As a member of the board of the Fundraisers Belgium, he focuses mainly on developing a solid training offer, bringing professionals together and lobbying for the organisation with numerous social, political and economic actors.
LinkedIn Jeroen Brugge
'The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.' (Oscar Wilde)
Jeroen Janssens (board member)
Jeroen is a professional fundraiser since 2005, working for several international ngo's such as Oxfam, Amnesty International and Doctors of the World. He also worked several years for a direct dialogue agency, managing acquisition campaigns for several charities.He is now head of the fundraising department at Amnesty International Flanders.
“Nothing tried is nothing gained.”
“Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.” – Hank Rosso
Steven De Loof (board member)
Steven De Loof had an experience of over 20 years as a private banker and philantropic expert for several banks. Since 2020 he became a self employed fundraiser and strategy advisor for non-profit organisations. He now works in main assignment for Pelicano Foundation.
“Create your butterfly effect. Everything has an effect on everything. If that effect, however small, is a positive one, it contributes to the whole.”
Koen Van Den Broeck (board member)
Koen Van Den Broeck has been active in the non-profit sector for over thirty years in organisations such as Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières, Handicap International, SAGO and VELT. He was also an independent consultant in communications consultancy for non-profits for a long time. Since 2016, he has been in charge of communications and fundraising at Straatverplegers-Infirmiers de rue.
"No successful fundraising without investing in people and resources."