Annual report 2019 | Flanders Marine Institute

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research

Annual report 2019

VLIZ thanks all its donors sincerely for their support. With your gift we can push the boundaries in helping the seas and ocean! More information on how your donation was being used in 2019 can be found here.

How was your gift used in 2019?

All activities realised in the past year thanks to VLIZ philanthropy are summarised in an 'annual report for donors' (only in Dutch). You can receive a printed version by sending your postal adress to .

Incomes in 2019

  • Projects and grants: 4.945 EUR (12%)
  • Membership fees: 21.538 EUR (53%)
  • Donations: 7.918 EUR (19%)
  • Sea&Science collection: 3.845 EUR (9%)
  • Other incomes: 2.596 EUR (6%)

Total: 40.842 EUR

Expenses in 2019

  • Brilliant Marine Research Ideas: 8.074 EUR (33%)
  • SeaWatch-B: 4.212 EUR (17%)
  • WoRMS-editors: 2.500 EUR (10%)
  • Ocean observations and expeditions: 1.250 EUR (5%)
  • Fundraising: 4.924 EUR (20%)
  • Sea&Science collection: 1.869 EUR (8%)
  • Administration: 1.642 EUR (7%)

Total: 24.470 EUR

Transfer 2020

Some amounts are reserved for expenses in 2020, i.e. the built up reserves of WoRMS editors and Marine Life in Chile, as well as the payment of the final amounts of the Brilliant Marine Research Idea grants 2019.

Thanks to the increased income for 'The Sea as a Good Cause', we will be able to support more marine scientists in their research in 2020 and 2021. How we spend your contributions is carefully considered. In addition to the ongoing investments in projects and funds, VLIZ philanthropy focuses on several new projects. In the annual report for donors (p. 12) you can read how this will happen.


Your gift will be used to support projects that benefit the sea. You can rest assured that this is done transparently.

  • The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) vzw values a code of ethics for fundraising. You have a right to information.This means that donors, volunteers and staff are at least informed annually of what was done with the acquired funds via a annual report for donors (only in Dutch).
  • You can see our complete financial statements on the website of the National Bank or on the website of the King Baudouin Foundation.
  • Our accounts are audited annually by an independent auditor.

You can contact us with any questions about the use of your gift.
Karen Rappé, contact Philanthropy VLIZ at +32-(0)59-34 14 94 or via .