University of the Arts Helsinki receives a donation of 1 million euros from the Saastamoinen Foundation

The “Art is a Gift” fundraising campaign of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) has received a capital donation of 1 million euros from the Saastamoinen Foundation.

“As public funds are decreasing, it’s natural that actors in the private sector, such as companies and foundations, increase their role in supporting universities’ operations. This is exactly what capitalisation of universities is all about. For the sake of Finland’s national competitiveness, it is essential that our teaching and research is diverse enough and of high quality also in different artistic and cultural fields. Our foundation has had positive experiences of cooperation with Uniarts Helsinki, which was one of the reasons behind our decision”, Petteri Karttunen, Chairman of the Board of the Saastamoinen Foundation, says.

The Saastamoinen Foundation has provided significant support for Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts in recent years. The cooperation has provided students and alumni with the chance to acquire premiere international experience in the field of fine arts. The Saastamoinen Foundation is a science and art foundation that was originally established in Kuopio and is especially known for its art collection. The Saastamoinen Foundation was founded by Liisa and Osmo P. Karttunen in 1968.

“The Saastamoinen Foundation’s donation is a significant step in our fundraising campaign, as our goal is to collect three million euros in donations by summer 2017. If we succeed in our fundraising, Uniarts Helsinki will be able to develop all of its fields of study. Uniarts Helsinki is young in age but steadily heading towards a shared identity that is built upon its strong, world-class academies”, Karri Kaitue, Chairman of Uniarts Helsinki’s Board, comments.

Uniarts Helsinki’s capitalisation campaign collects donations from companies, communities, foundations and private persons until 30 June 2017. The income from the capitalisation will be used on development targets in accordance with Uniarts Helsinki’s strategy, including internationalisation projects. The Finnish state will support the fundraising by donating up to 2 euros for each euro collected. Donations may be tax deductible. So far, Uniarts Helsinki has raised about 1.6 million euros, which would grow up to 5 million euros after the state’s matched funding.

More information:

Liaison manager Nana Salin, tel. 050 4616 780,