Finnish Cultural Foundation

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The Finnish Cultural Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in Europe and works to promote Finnish culture by awarding grants to private individuals and organisations in the arts and sciences. Grants are drawn from the Foundation's central fund and seventeen regional funds. The Foundation also organises its own cultural events, the most significant of these being the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition.

The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s starting capital, raised entirely from donations made by the people of Finland in 1938, makes it unique among foundations internationally. Seven decades of successful investment and numerous donations and bequests have seen that capital grow. Today, more than 700 donor funds operate in conjunction with the Foundation, issuing grants in accordance with the donors’ wishes and the funds’ regulations. Mirjam Helin is one of the most significant donors in the Foundation’s history.