Erik is the founder of Philantropia-an independent consultancy specialized in international fundraising and philanthropy. He has raised over $100 million in the non-profit field for numerous international projects from a wide variety of government agencies, foundations, and institutions. This professional experience gives him a wealth of first-hand knowledge and expertise on what it takes to successfully raise funds. For example, in April 2010, Erik led a successful training on Fundraising from US Foundations in the Netherlands. Over the years, Erik has lent his fundraising expertise to many international human rights organizations including UNICEF, The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), and Social Accountability International.
Erik has been a strong supporter of the Human Rights Advocates Program and the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability. He leads a six-session workshop to teach them about fundraising. He also works to fine-tune their organizations’ fundraising plans and grant proposals, many of which the Advocates submit to donors while still in New York for the duration of HRAP.
Reflecting on a workshop with HRAP, Erik spoke fondly of the participants saying, “Their passion for their work and strengthening human rights was consistently apparent during class discussion. There is no doubt that the Human Rights Advocates Program provides a fantastic opportunity for participants—especially the valuable networking meetings with prospective donor organizations based in the United States. At the same time, I learned a great deal from the advocates about human rights issues in the countries where they work. I’m confident that after four months in New York the advocates will have an even greater impact once back home.”