Carlsberg foundations donate $13.8 million to COVID-19 fight

14:14 | 21/03/2020
The Carlsberg Foundation, the New Carlsberg Foundation and the Tuborg Foundation are releasing extraordinary grants that can mobilise and support researchers, art museums, and civil society in the scientific, economic, and human efforts at a time when society is challenged by the COVID-19 epidemic.
carlsberg foundations donate 1358 million to covid 19 fight

The three foundations in the Carlsberg family seek to help mitigate the challenges associated with the global COVID-19 epidemic. It is in the DNA of these foundations to step to the fore when people and society are met with serious challenges. To counter the damage wrought by the current COVID-19 epidemic, the foundations will donate a total of DKK95 million ($13.8 million).

Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation, Professor Flemming Besenbacher, said, “COVID-19 is developing exponentially right now, so we are pleased that we have been able to quickly mobilise collaboration between a number of the world’s leading researchers to contribute to solving the enormous challenges we face. Carlsberg’s founders Jacob Christian and Carl Jacobsen and the Carlsberg Foundation have historically helped when communities have been in crisis, and we now need science more than ever to help solve these issues and think long-term.”

Specifically, the Carlsberg Foundation which fosters and supports ground-breaking research for an enlightened future, grants DKK60 million ($8.6 million) to three internationally relevant coronavirus projects, including research into coronavirus, social behavioural research, and research in the mathematical modelling of the pandemic.

The New Carlsberg Foundation, which supports the arts, donates DKK30 million ($4.3 million) to provide funding to crisis-affected art museums in Denmark for the implementation of programmes that will draw guests back to museums when they reopen.

The Tuborg Foundation, which supports young people’s commitment to a sustainable future, donates DKK5 million ($716,100) to an emergency pool for civil society youth organisations to launch activities targeted at people who are particularly affected by COVID-19.

The Carlsberg Foundation is one of the world’s oldest commercial foundations. The Foundation was founded by J.C. Jacobsen in 1876 and remains the principal shareholder in Carlsberg Group since then. The Carlsberg Foundation supports visionary and innovative international basic research within the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities in order to address global challenges and benefit the society.

The New Carlsberg Foundation is a private and independent foundation for the arts established in 1902 by brewer Carl Jacobsen as a separate department of the Carlsberg Foundation. For more than 100 years, the New Carlsberg Foundation has supported the arts, and the Foundation’s work has had a strong influence on the Danish art world.

The Tuborg Foundation was established by Tuborg Breweries in 1931 with the objective of enabling civil society voluntary communities to develop and revitalise themselves, aiming to inspire even more people to join communities that make a difference.

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