The Alfred Kordelin Foundation

Alfred Kordelin’s (1868-1917) idea, written down in the bylaws of the Foundation in 1918, was that ‘work for Finnish culture must be granted support in order to strengthen and deepen it internally, and also to represent Finnishness amongst other nations.’

Continuous support from 1920

Since 1920, the Alfred Kordelin Foundation has provided uninterrupted support to Finnish science, arts, literature and public education.  In 2017-2018 we will support science and culture with the total amount of €5 million.

The Alfred Kordelin General Progress and Education Fund, established in 1918, is one of the oldest foundations in Finland operating in the Finnish language.

If you are interested in making a donation to promote the arts or the sciences, you are very welcome to contact Mr. Erik Båsk + 358 9 6840 1233.


The Foundation’s Chairman of the Board is Juha Laaksonen, M.Sc. (econ.) and Managing Director is Erik Båsk, M.Sc.

The Foundation’s administrative bodies consist of the  Managing Director, Board of Directors, the Financial Committee, and the sections for science, literature, arts, and public education. The experts of each section assess the applications received by the main fund, and make proposals on grant recipients. The Board of Directors makes the final decisions on grant recipients.

The Alfred Kordelin Foundation is a member of the Council of Finnish Foundations Säätiöiden ja rahastojen neuvottelukunnassa and the Association of Finnish Fine Arts Foundations STSY). We adhere to the guidelines for good governance in foundations Hyvä säätiötapa -ohjetta (pdf).



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Members of the Board of Directors of the Alfred Kordelin Foundation are: Juha Laaksonen (chair), Professor Jukka Seppälä, CEO Pirkko Ruuskanen-Parrukoski, adjunct professor Jaana Norio, Professor Sirkka Saarinen, Professor Pirjo Lyytikäinen, Professor Ville Lukkarinen, Professor Hannu Riikonen, M. Sc. (Tech.), M.Sc. (Econ) Ari Kohonen.


Collectives, registered associations and companies are eligible to apply for these grants. In certain cases, working groups that consist of private individuals can also be considered. Private individuals cannot apply for grants.

The Alfred Kordelin Foundation awards grants for sciences, literature, the arts, and public education.