About the Foundation
The Rockwool Foundation was established in December 1981.
The objectives of the Rockwool Foundation according to the articles of the Foundation §4 are: to support scientific, humanitarian, artistic, and/or social activities, and to contribute to improving environmental conditions and development in society.
In practice the Foundation has three main priorities:
The research funded by the Rockwool Foundation is mainly focused on socio-economic aspects and current problems faced by modern western society. The aim is to improve the knowledge base and the quality of the public debate and to provide a good foundation for decisions to be taken by politicians. The topics of the research projects are decided upon by the Board of the Foundation which also grants the finance necessary to carry out the research.
The research falls under two categories:
- The Rockwool Foundation Research Unit which is an independent research entity established in 1987.
- Research projects conducted by external researchers and experts outside the Rockwool Foundation Research Unit.
2: Strategic programmes
The Rockwool Foundation initiates and implements practical interventions within four strategic programme areas. The aim is to achieve lasting and sustainable improvements in poor as well as rich societies.
All projects should be based on Social Entrepreneurship and help to self help principles. Project should be innovative and offer a new approach or original thinking. The four strategic programme areas are:
- Food Security and Poverty Alleviation
- Social Capacity Building
- International Peace Building
- Health Interventions
3: Small donations
A smaller part of the Foundation’s funds will go to making small grants in response to applications from individuals and organizations that are making an effort for the development of society in Denmark or abroad according to the general objective of the Foundation. In practice most of the small donations are also granted in accordance with the help to self help and social entrepreneurship principles.