Wilde Ganzen Foundation

Published By UNNGOF |  February 23, 2024

Wilde Ganzen means ‘Wilde Geese’ in Dutch. The Danish theologian-philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once described a wild goose that teaches a pair of tame geese to fly again. These tame geese had forgotten how. In his parable, Kierkegaard depicts wild geese to stick out their necks and take initiative. Flying in V-formation, they work closely together so they can meet great challenges. As this was such a fitting metaphor, the name of the organization was based on this story.

On 30 June 1957 the very first Wilde Ganzen fundraiser took place: an appeal for donations for the victims of the earthquake disaster in Turkey a few months earlier. The action raised 76 Euros. A modest sum compared to what we raise nowadays.