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The Orange Fund was founded in 2002 when it was presented as a gift to King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima for their marriage. They are the patrons and are very involved in the work and in the projects the funds support.

In the foundation year, the Orange Fund was merged with the Juliana Welfare Fund, which has been active in the social sector since 1948.

Social initiatives can count on the warm interest of the patrons of the Orange Fund, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. They regularly visit initiatives, participated during NLdoet and annually handed out the Orange Apples.

The Orange Fund supports projects in the area of social cohesion and social participation. For example: small-scale neighborhood initiatives, mentoring projects for young people and language programs.