Vermeylenfonds vzw, The August Vermeylenfonds is a cultural association that existed since 1946. In those days, Vermeylenfonds was founded by a group of freethinkers and humanists who wanted to preserve and keep alive the writings and ideas of August Vermeylen, former and humanists who wanted to preserve and keep alive the writings and ideas of August Vermeylen, former professor, university rector and important voice in the world of Flemish literature and culture. Flemish literature and culture. Since then, August Vermeylenfonds is a non-profit organisation based in Ghent, Belgium.
August Vermeylenfonds is represented in 65 locations throughout Flanders. Each of these 65 divisions is made up of a group of volunteers who make up our divisions. With the logistical, financial, and content support of a small but efficient team, each division organizes activities for adults (non-formal and informal learning). These activities range from polarisation talks on group visits to museums to small activities with a clear and effective impact on society.
We make additional efforts to empower vulnerable people (e.g., people living in poverty, newcomers, and prisoners). In total we have 420 volunteers, a national board of 14 members and a staff of 9 enthusiastic employees. We focus on the social aspects of language and cultural expression, the multiple literacy, (language, image, cultural) and community building. These objectives form the heart of our mission and vision.
We have strong and explicit values. We stand for an inclusive and tolerant society, where solidarity, pluralism and democratic processes are the key words.
We believe in freedom of expression, freedom of thought and the right to one's own choices, ways of life, gender, ideas, philosophy of life, religion, etc. The solid and important basis of these values is the Human Rights Treaty, which we endorse and support. Therewith, we reach thousands of members and contacts, we have more than 500 public events every year and more than ten thousand participants.
We have a board of academic experts (in the tradition with August Vermeylen himself) and strong connections with the University of Ghent (Ugent), Hogent, the Artevelde school and the University of Brussels (VVUB). August Vermeylenfonds receives public funding from the Flemish government to pursue its social and cultural goals.