Matched-funding scheme 2020-2022
The Goverment of Finland has desided to support Finnish universities with state matched funding between 15 June 2020 and 30 June 2022. The state matched funding increases the effectiveness of donations made to the university by providing an additional coefficient for each euro donated under the rules of the period.
Make a donation

Donations can be made via bank transfer to the University of Helsinki.

Donate via bank transfer

In the message field of the payment, include the donor’s contact information, the text “Matched funding donation” and, if you wish, the field of education the donation is to be allocated to. According to government instructions, EUR 10,000 and higher donations can be allocated to the education sector, for example in the field of medicine or agriculture and forestry.

Nordea: IBAN = Fl37 1660 3001 0767 62, BIC: NDEAFIHH

Recipient: University of Helsinki

Message: Matched funding donation, the field of education (if needed), name of the donor and contact information

Deed of donation for donations of EUR 850 or more

For donations of EUR 850 or more, we kindly ask that you also fill a printed deed of donation. The deed of donation defines the fields of education eligible for matched funding to which donors can allocate their donations.

Download the deed of donation (matched-funding scheme).

Send the deed of donation to Donor Relations, P.O. Box 53 (Fabianinkatu 32), FI-00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

EUR 10,000 and higher donations can be allocated to the education sector

Depending on the size of the donation and the donor’s request, donations will be directed either to a fund that supports the university's strategy and future in general, or to a fund that supports the field of education requested by the donor. According to government instructions, EUR 10,000 and higher donations can be allocated to the education sector, for example in the field of medicine or agriculture and forestry.

The University of Helsinki has 11 faculties which provide higher degree education. The allocation of donations in the matched-funding scheme is based on the fields of education defined in Government Decree No 1039/2013 (in Finnish). The University of Helsinki has organised these in terms of faculties as follows (official names stated in the deed of donation are in Finnish):

  • Veterinary – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Humanities and Arts – Faculty of Arts
  • Educational Sciences and Teacher Education – Faculty of Educational Sciences
  • Sciences – Faculty of Science and Faculty of Bio and Environmental Sciences 
  • Medicines and Pharmacy – Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Agriculture and Forestry –Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Law – Faculty of Law
  • Psychology – Faculty of Medicine
  • Theology – Faculty of Theology
  • Social Sciences – Faculty of Social Sciences

The University also has several independent institutes, which carry out research in the above-mentioned fields of education and provide instruction related to degree programmes in the fields.

Q & A

What does matched fund­ing mean?

The Government will invest a specific sum for each euro that Finnish universities receive from donors between 15.6.2020 and 30.6.2022. The total capital does not exceed EUR 67 million for all universities. The matched funding received by an individual university may not exceed EUR 11 million. In this case, the coefficient may be, for example, 0.5 or 0,25, depending on the overall sum of the private donations.

Who decides how to use the donated funds?

Depending on the size of the donation and the donor’s request, donations will be directed either to a fund that supports the university's strategy and future in general, or to a fund that supports the field of education requested by the donor. According to government instructions, EUR 10,000 and higher donations can be allocated to the education sector, for example in the field of medicine or agriculture and forestry.

The Government’s matched-funding investment based on private donations always becomes part of the University of Helsinki’s basic capital. The University is entitled only to the return on such a Government investment. On the other hand, the donation amount itself can be directed directly to the use if so decided.

The University invests its basic capital and receives an annual return on it. This is used to support projects important to the University’s strategic plan. Decisions on how to use the return is made by the rector of the University.