Investments in the future 

The University of Helsinki aims to rank among the 50 leading universities in the world.  Reaching this goal also needs significant investment from society. Donations to the University should be seen as investments in the future of Finland. Donations to the University’s 375-Future Fund support the University’s position among the world’s best multidisciplinary research universities. The Future Fund’s assets will be used to carry out projects that are important to the future and to meeting the objectives of the University’s strategic plan.

Responsible asset management ensures long-term support

The University of Helsinki invests donated funds centrally and receives an annual return of 5% on the capital. The University decides how to use the donations. As for the Government’s basic capital investments made on the basis of donations, the University may only use the return on the investments. 

Donors as part of the University community

All donors and representatives of donor communities who have made a significant contribution will be invited to join the Future Fund advisory committee. The committee convenes regularly to discuss the use and impact of the University’s donated funds. The meeting of 2016 was organized 2 November 2016. The committee is chaired by Rector Jukka Kola

Everyone who has donated 1,000 euros or more will receive an invitation to Club Giraffe. The Club provides donors with insight into research, teaching and studies at the University of Helsinki. It is hosted by the University’s chancellor and rector. Club Giraffe offers academic lectures, discussions and other topical events as joint forums for donors, University management, scientists and researchers. The goal is to compile and disseminate scientific innovations and the latest research results, as well as provide an opportunity to track the use of donated funds. The Club is named after the Giraffe quarter, where the University’s Main Building is located. Read more and join >>

Tax deductions for communities AND NATURAL PERSONS

Donations to the Future Fund are particularly important, seeing as they support some of the main objectives of the University’s strategic development. Donations of 850 to 250,000 euros are permanently tax deductible to communities and donastions of 850 to 500,000 euros are deductible to private persons.