Porticus builds on a heritage of charitable engagement that dates back to Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer, the two brothers who founded the clothing retailer C&A in 1841. In fact, the first record of a gift can be found in the personal ledger of August who, only months after founding the company, recorded a donation “to the poor”. It was from these modest beginnings that the culture of responsibility and engagement developed. As natural as it was for the company’s founders to share their good fortune with the needy, so too was it natural for them to do so quietly. As the business grew and expanded globally, the generations of family entrepreneurs that followed continued and solidified the tradition of charitable giving.
Porticus manages the grant-giving programmes of the charitable entities established by Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs. They look to foster the development of citizens and make a contribution to their own development as well that of their communities. They focus on the areas of education, society, care and faith in order to promote respect of human dignity and social justice
Every year, approximately 3,000 projects are supported in more than 80 countries around the world.
The programme areas they are active in are: