Since 1989, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds to support organisations working for a fairer, greener world. Fifty percent of its income goes to charity. The lottery has grown to become the Netherlands' biggest charity lottery and supports 89 nongovernmental organizations. Since its founding, the lottery has dispensed almost 4 billion euros to its beneficiaries.
Just as the BankGiro Loterij and the VriendenLoterij the Dutch Postcode Lottery is part of the Holding Nationale Goede Doelen Loterijen.
Thanks to the Postcode Lottery’s 2.5 million participants – who buy more than 4 million tickets – a total of 291 million euros was distributed among 89 nongovernmental organizations in 2013. Each year, thousands of participants win prizes such as millions of euros in cash, televisions, and cars. A 'street prize' is awarded each week, and a few times a year a whole neighbourhood wins the Kanjer (Belter). Popular Dutch TV lottery programmes like ‘Koffietijd’ and 'Wat Vindt Nederland?' draw millions of viewers each week.
International and domestic organisations working on behalf of humanity and the environment, such as UNICEF, WWF, Amnesty International, Natuurmonumenten and Doctors Without Borders, receive support from the Postcode Lottery. With this support, nongovernmental organizations realise projects such as those that make it possible to increase the livability in Dutch neighborhoods, to protect life in the oceans and to provide clean drinking water for children in Sierra Leone.