All Frequently Asked Questions
What is Laudes Foundation responding to?
Laudes Foundation was created to respond to the convergence of two global crises - inequality and climate breakdown - whose solutions require new levels of bravery and ambition globally. The global economic system’s relentless pursuit of growth and returns have brought the world to a tipping point. Humanity must change course. And we have the means to do so.
What is the relationship between Laudes Foundation and C&A Foundation?
As C&A Foundation celebrated its 5th anniversary of making fashion a force for good, the team took the opportunity to evaluate its work and the changes in the industry and in the world over the past years. They realised that fashion’s issues were much bigger than the industry alone. The issues are systemic. So, they took a bold decision to launch Laudes Foundation to build on the industry-changing work of C&A Foundation in the fashion industry, but also take this approach and apply it to new industries – starting with the built environment. And importantly, to begin working to influence capital so that investments encourage good business practices. Thus, C&A Foundation’s work became the fashion programme of Laudes Foundation and the brand was retired.
What does the name mean?
Laudes (pronounced Lah-oo-des) Laudes is derived from the Latin word for 'praise’. It alludes to the Canticle of the Sun (Laudes Creaturarum), a song that celebrates all of creation as one family, and refers to the 2015 papal encyclical, Laudato si': On Care for Our Common Home. The encyclical presents the current interconnected social and environmental crises as the result of the pursuit of limitless growth. It calls us all enter into debate, seek new ways of understanding progress, and invites the world of business to play a unique role. Touching on the shared Catholic heritage of the Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs, Laudes reveals both inspiration and purpose: to move towards the vision set out in Laudato si'. At the same time, Laudes is an invitation to draw our own inspirations and traditions, believe that change is possible, and join together to build a just and regenerative economy.
In what geographies does Laudes Foundation work in?
We have offices in Europe, India, Brazil, Hong Kong and Bangladesh. The organisation is global in nature, as is the New Economy programme. Our work in the built environment will focus mainly on Europe initially, while fashion focuses on the most relevant producing countries.
Is Laudes Foundation a Catholic organisation?
Laudes Foundation is not a Catholic organisation. The name is a reflection of the heritage and inspiration of the Brenninkmeijer family
How does Laudes Foundation work across its programmes?
We have two industry verticals: Fashion and the Built Environment. And we have one cross-cutting programme, New Economy, that works across our industry verticals. This area will work with financial actors as well as with the industry actors to foster a shift in the global financial system. It will also influence investments in fashion and the built environment, to explore how finance can be used to encourage or foster innovation and good business practice.
Does Laudes Foundation work in alignment with the COFRA business, such as C&A, Redevco and Bregal?
Laudes is an independent foundation and will work to influence all industry. It does aim, however, to inspire COFRA as much as others and its work will complement other initiatives within the COFRA Group. The idea is to engage with the COFRA and the individual businesses (including C&A) as thought partners, sharing ideas and approaches that can inspire change and challenge the daily norms. Additionally, we hope to learn from their insights and expertise.
What kind of partners will Laudes Foundation work with?
Laudes Foundation combines its philanthropic purpose with the scale and reach of industry to transform the global economic system and the way it defines value. Partnering with innovators, academics, policymakers, NGOs, workers and citizen movements to challenge and enable business owners and decision-makers in the industry, including investors and shareholders to transition to new economic models.
How does Laudes Foundation approve new partnerships?
We review grant applications in five phases. Depending on the complexity and size of the proposed initiative, this process can take a few weeks or several months. Find out how the process works.
I have an idea. Can I submit a grant proposal?
In general, we do not accept unsolicited grant proposals. If you have an initiative that fits out mission, please contact us and we will put you in touch with one of our programme managers who will walk you through the process.
What documents will I need to submit?
Applicants will need to submit up to two documents:
- Concept note (maximum 4 pages plus annexes).
- If the proposed concept is approved, and the budget is more than EUR 100,000, then you will need to also submit a full proposal (maximum 10 pages, plus annexes). The annexes include an activity-based budget, grant chart, and log frame for monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
Can I submit a proposal using my own format or template?
We only accept proposals using our concept note template. We do not accept proposals in other formats.
Can I send you extra information or material to support my funding application?
To make the process as simple as possible, please only submit the information requested in the concept note template (.doc).
Are individuals eligible for grants from Laudes Foundation?
We only work with registered groups and organisations at this time.
Will you support my fundraising activities?
We don't make donations to individual fundraising activities, but we wish you the best of luck with your campaign.
How does your approval process work?
Depending on the grant budget, approval will be done by either the Head of Programme, Laudes Foundation Investment Committee or our Board of Directors. You can read more about our approval process.
What happens after my proposal is approved?
We'll create a legally binding contract between your organisation and Laudes Foundation. This will include intended results, targets, milestones or reporting deliverables, and a payment schedule.
How does Laudes Foundation measure results?
All of our partnerships must align with our monitoring and evaluation minimum requirements (PDF) and signature programme KPIs. This helps both you and the foundation better understand if your initiative is achieving its intended results and put corrective measures in place if necessary.
After approval of the concept note, our programme managers will work with you to co-develop a robust monitoring and evaluation framework. This includes:
- Expected results (outputs and outcomes), indicators and targets
- Details on how results will be measured, reported and evaluated throughout the grant lifecycle. This will be agreed upon in the grant agreement.
For all initiatives of EUR 750,000 and above, we commission an independent external evaluation.
Our M&E policy (PDF) will help you understand expectations for measuring and evaluating results. It outlines the foundation's approach to monitoring and evaluation, and it indicates the norms and standards we use. The policy is meant to foster mutual accountability and learning.
Who can apply for the Emergency Fund?
Existing partners, who are currently receiving a programmatic or core support grant, can apply for up to EUR 15,000 from our Emergency Fund. The fund is set up to support partners in need of short-term financial support due to imminent threats to their safety. To apply, partners should fill in the application form and discuss it in direct conversation with their programme manager. Emergencies caused by natural disasters are not eligible to receive funds.