SENG Europe’s History:
Changing Lives, Changing Futures!
SENG stands for "Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted" and was founded in 1981 by the renowned psychologist James T. Webb. The original American organization thus already has an almost forty-year history of supporting the emotional needs of the gifted through (psycho) education, parent support groups, webinars, annual international conferences, and more.
The Board of SENG Europe is most grateful for the recognition, endorsement, and support from SENG USA. For more information on SENG USA click here.
What distinguishes SENG from other organizations concerning giftedness, intelligence, and talent is that it does not focus on academics or performance. Instead, the focus is on the challenges, gifted individuals meet throughout their lives concerning their often high sensitivities, strong emotions, their vast array of interests, and much more.
SENG Europe was founded in July 2018 and is a Dutch-based NGO, committed to the same mission and holding the same values as SENG USA, while mindful of the difference and diversity that European cultures hold.
Despite a rough start especially because of the sudden and unexpected passing of James Webb in summer 2018, our team has persevered. We hold a deep commitment and a strong sense of duty forming the driving force of the organization. Spread out over five countries and with at least as many native languages, we forge on, meeting online twice a month or more building the organization slowly but thoroughly as our funds are quite limited and we are all volunteers.
Fortunately, within the Board of five gifted women, we have no dearth of creativity, inspiration, and ideas and with our drive, we hope to grow SENG Europe to be as equally respected as it’s USA counterpart.
The history of SENG Europe is thus a long one and a short one. We hope you will continue to support us as we grow and develop new services tailored to the European gifted community, where we can be enriched by the diversity throughout the European continent. In that, it is our desire that SENG may also pass on its legacy in Europe, building a rich and full history of our own by dedicated individuals called to action.
SENG Europe’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
SENG envisions a world where gifted, talented and creative individuals are supported to build gratifying, meaningful lives and contribute to the well-being of others. To this end, SENG reaches out to diverse communities across Europe that share our mission and collaborate on this.
Community: SENG works to provide services that help gifted individuals and their families connect with like-minded peers to share experiences and lend support. This is reflected in our programming as well as our outreach. SENG works to collaborate with other agencies and partners within the gifted community to promote our mission and vision of social and emotional support to gifted individuals.
Compassion: compassion is an integral aspect of SENG’s mission — it determines how we treat our staff, volunteers, our constituents and all other stakeholders.
Inclusiveness and Diversity: SENG is an inclusive, welcoming, respectful community of people with varying human characteristics, ideas, cultural practices, worldviews, sexual orientations, identities, and experiences working together to support the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals. SENG honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We celebrate, respect, and include all people, cultures, regions, religions, and political views. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse communities, traditions, heritages, and experiences.
Growth: SENG seeks sustainable, profitable growth by encouraging pursuit of our vision, quality standards in our programming, excellence in implementation, innovation in product development, collaboration with affiliates, commitment to service and dedication to leadership in all of our programming.
Gratitude: SENG is grateful for the inherent goodness of the gifted community. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits that we have received through the generosity of our donors and we are thankful for them. We acknowledge that people gave us many gifts and we are thankful for their continuing generosity.
Integrity, Transparency and Honesty: SENG employs the highest ethical standards, demonstrating honesty and fairness in every action that we take. All staff, board members and volunteers of the organization act with honesty, integrity and openness in all their dealings as representatives of the organization.
Responsible Representation: We are committed to careful stewardship of all human, natural, and financial resources. This means we use carefully the time and talents of those working with our organization. We are environmentally responsible, and we spend wisely the funds invested in us.
Summary Business Plan SENG Europe
SENG Europe is a newly founded Dutch based NGO aiming to support the emotional needs of the gifted community at large throughout Europe, through the spreading of up to date information pertaining to the emotional needs of the gifted, offering trainings and webinars, organizing both international (European) and local conferences and offering a platform for the international gifted community to connect. Though there are other organizations serving the needs of the gifted in various roles and capacities, SENG Europe is unique in it’s mission to specifically addressbusiness the emotional needs of the gifted. Moreover, it is the distinct goal to bring together the gifted in their cultural diversity with the intention to enrich any existing local gifted communities.
SENG Europe (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) is an independent Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in July 2018 in The Netherlands. SENG Europe is a nonprofit organization devoted to empowering families and communities to guide gifted, talented and twice exceptional individuals to reach their goals intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Our Foundation consists of an internationally based Board of Directors and an Executive Director based in The Netherlands. All contribute their time and expertise on a pro bono basis. Since our founding in the summer of 2018, we have met several times live in The Netherlands and we hold monthly or bimonthly meetings online. Further, SENG Europe will also build on a strong volunteer community to prepare materials, run our newsletter, maintain our website and organize (local) events, trainings, and (mini) conferences. SENG USA also has the custom to work with liaisons, spokespersons that promote SENG’s mission and services. SENG Europe we will develop similar local representatives and alliances.
Some of the services we will be offering are a monthly newsletter, (online) webinars and training, as well as (online) conferences. Together with our liaisons, we would also like to organize local mini-conferences and other relevant events. Additionally, we will organize SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) facilitator trainings. As well as building a database of professionals around Europe who can provide local services and gifted support in your community. Further, SENG Europe is developing some new ideas for the European Community.
Market & Collaborators
The main target market for SENG Europe is the gifted community at large in Europe. However, many services are also open to those who wish to learn more about the gifted for example because they work with them. Because the gifted can be found in all walks of life, different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, and of diverse cultural background, the demographics are in fact dispersed. Moreover, giftedness runs the entire life span, from infancy through old age making both services and marketing complex to target.
As the gifted are a minority group not unified by any clear demographics, there is need to facilitate connections across borders. In the context of European unity, there is potentially much to be learned from each other ranging from best practices for teachers to national legislation. Because support also has a basis in the community we perceive great value in sharing and learning from other cultures within the European Community. In this regard, SENG Europe sees great richness in the diversity.
Charity status & Marketing, Milestones
SENG Europe is a legal entity based in The Netherlands, governed by Dutch law. The legal form is a foundation, which means that SENG Europe will not have members, but rather, rely on benefactors, donors, friends of, and subscribers. SENG has made an application to obtain the Dutch charity status (ANBI), which places conditions  on types of activities and finances financial polic y to which SENG adheres. The ANBI status is required in The Netherlands in order for benefactors to deduct any donations from their taxes.
Marketing is a topic that is frequently addressed in some form during our regular meetings. There will be ongoing development of both the organization and of content, fundraising activities, networking, translation and expanding website, revision payment structure. These activities will all be in line with the regulations pertaining to the charity status.
Apart from the investment of time by our volunteers, there are obviously also running costs that cannot be paid for in ‘natura’ as well as activities that often require professional to deliver a standard of quality. For these we need financial support. As a start-up NGO, SENG Europe received a small fund available to cover the bare essential start-up costs such as notary costs, website hosting and so on.
In terms of generating income independently, the primary source of income for SENG Europe is projected to be donations and both European and local grants and subsides. There are in fact many different types of subsidies and grants possible, both at a local level as well as European, and the European Community is a strong proponent of activities and organizations that unite European countries. Other forms of income generation are also being examined.
The Board of Directors upholds financial policies which by all terms are ethical, transparent and in line with EU and Dutch laws and in line with the Dutch Charity (ANBI) status.
SENG Europe is funded through membership fees, projects (SMPG), grants, and donations, all of which also from ethical origin and in line with ANBI compliance regulations.
The Board of Directors contribute their time and expertise on a pro bono basis. SENG Europe works with volunteers, who devote their time and expertise to the mission of SENG Europe.
The board and volunteers of SENG Europe do not receive a monetary reward for the time and expertise devoted to SENG Europe. Reïmbursement of expenses may occur only when funds permit and in compliance with EU and Dutch laws and in compliance with ANBI regulations.