Stichting Zabawas was founded by Mr C.J. Zanen on 23 January 2004. During his life, Mr Zanen was director and later (delegated) commissioner of the renowned Dutch dredging company Zanen Verstoep, which was taken over by Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster NV in 1988.
Mr Zanen, together with his wife C.C. Zanen-Bakker, stipulated that their assets would benefit the Foundation that he established, Zabawas (Zanen Bakker Wassenaar), upon their death. The founder and his wife have since passed away. The foundation is termed a family foundation.