Free a Girl Foundation was founded in 2008 by Arjan Erkel, Yolanthe Cabau, Roelof van Laar and Evelien Hölsken.

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Free a Girl uses the salary scale developed by the Dutch government (Civil Servants’ Pay Decree/BBRA). In addition, all of Free a Girl’s employees and partners sign up to a travel policy and an anti corruption and fraud policy. Free a Girl subscribes to the Partos code of conduct established on 6 November 2012. Reporting is done in accordance with the Dutch guideline “Richtlijn 650 Fondsenwervende organisaties”. Management remuneration is done in accordance with the Dutch guideline “Regeling beloning directeuren van goededoelenorganisaties”.

The Dutch organization consists of paid and unpaid employees. A total of 6,3 FTEs are employed.

  • Anne de Jonge  Project Officer
  • Anne Vis – Marketing & Communication Officer
  • Anne Wensveen – Programme Officer
  • Evelien Hölsken – CEO & Chairman of the Board
  • Floris van der Stoep – Programme Officer
  • Talinay Strehl Coordinator Programme Department
  • Yolande Peltenburg – Head of Human Resource & Operations

The following employees are based at our offices in Brazil and India:

  • Elisio Celestino -Programme Officer (Brazil)
  • Frans van Kranen – Programme Manager (Brazil)
  • Pradnya Dolare – Programme Officer (India)
  • Rohit Sharma – Fundraise Officer (India)


Foundation Free a Girl was founded statuts in 2008 by Arjan ErkelEvelien Hölsken, Roeloef van Laar and Yolanthe Cabau. The founding was made possible by a donation from Bas Consultancy. Arjan Erkel contributes as a fundraiser, Evelien Hölsken has no secondary positions, Roelof van Laar contributes as an advisor and Yolanthe Cabau is an honorary member of the Supervisory Board.


The Supervisory Board oversees the substantive and financial policy and developments within the organization. The regulations of the Supervisory Board can be found here. The remuneration committee and audit committee adhere to these regulations when preparing for the Supervisory Board’s decision-making. The following individuals sit on the Supervisory Board (in alphabetical order):

Mr R. Kraal  Chair
Member since 15-12-2020
Founder & Director Silverflow
Chair Supervisory Board Volt
Member Supervisory Board Hoist Finance
Member Advisory Board

Mrs L.M. van der Helm Member
Member since 06-03-2018
Director, SIRE (Stichting Ideële Reclame)
Board member, DDMA (Dutch Data-driven Marketing Association) and food entrepreneur

Mrs M. Mellema Member
Member since 30-05-2017
Owner, 2Skye reorganization specialists
No additional functions

Mr M. Witvliet Vice-chair
Member since 29-11-2016
No additional functions

Mrs S. van Santen Member
Member since 11-09-2018
CFO Beddinghouse
Chair of the parents’ council of Altijd Lente day care

Mrs Y. Cabau Honorary member
Member since 08-03-2012
Founder, actress, model, presenter


Free a Girl’s Committee of Recommendation is chaired by Junior Zegger, and its members are Petra Goldschmeding and Rattan Chadha, John Ewbank and Rik Klinkhamer. They give their wholehearted support to the organization and play a key role in Dutch society. The committee members give extra cachet to Free a Girl in both a personal and a professional capacity. Free a Girl makes grateful use of their networks, experience and expertise.


Free a Girl receives support from accountants, notaries and lawyers.

  • Accountant: Q-Concepts, Capelle aan den IJssel
  • Notary: Jan Willem Stouthart, Holland Law, The Hague
  • Legal advice: Antoine Endtz, Nextius legal Ltd
  • Legal advice: Shasta Rötscheid, Legal Xpert


The current integrity system of Free a Girl encompasses a strict policy both for the members of the supervisory board, its employees, partners and other designated persons, such as hired third parties. These policies can be found below:


The annual reports of Free a Girl can be found here.


Free a Girl is recognized by The Netherlands Fundraising Regulator (CBF), this means that you can trust Free a Girl as an organization and that we have been closely reviewed (CBF-Erkend Goed Doel.

The CBF Recognition Certificate shows the most important information from Free a Girl. The certificate contains both qualitative information about the objective and activities of Free a Girl and financial key figures. The latter have been validated by the CBF. You can view our CBF Recognition Certificate via the banner: