Almost EUR 6 million donated to the university last year

A total of EUR 5.99 million was donated in 2008 towards research and teaching at the University of Helsinki. The donations received during the year also included the largest ever individual donation of nearly EUR 3 million.

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“The year was a very good one in terms of the Funds. The number of donations increased and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies received an enormous individual donation,” says Pia Dolivo, a Planner at the University of Helsinki Funds.

The donation of EUR 2.92 million from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation will be allocated towards establishing a professorship focusing on cultural and social research themes with topical significance for social justice and the future of the welfare society.

The amounts donated usually vary from the EUR 1.5 million required for an endowed professorship to EUR 20 for commemorating a special day. Every donation signifies a willingness to take part and to be involved in the university community.

“Donors often want to build a better society and to find solutions for matters important to themselves. For example, those donating to medicine can support research on an illness that someone close to them has suffered,” says Dolivo.

Students are also supported through donations. For example, students with limited means who are writing their thesis on environmental research can in future receive assistance from the donation of half a million euros made during 2008.

Donations can be deducted from taxation to the sum of EUR 250,000. From the start of 2009, private individuals are entitled to the deduction until the end of 2010. “This is an extremely welcomed reform, a bit like the domestic deduction applied to the university world,” says Dolivo happily.

The total capital of the Helsinki University Funds at the end of 2008 was EUR 36 million and that of the Research Foundation was EUR 15 million. At the anniversary ceremony on the 26th March, the university awarded over EUR 1 million to students and researchers in the form of grants and scholarships.

The University of Helsinki Funds

The Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation has made a significant donation to the University of Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Text: Marja Lintula
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

Translation: AAC Noodi Oy

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