A social mingle party is organized for everyone who comes to Kristiansand the day before the conference. This is an informal and pleasant 'house-warming' in the newly opened Kraftverk, serving finger food and drinks.

KRAFTVERK is located in Skippergata 24B, right in the center of Kvadraturen.

Registration at Hotel Norge from 0800.

Philanthropy and partnerships are on the agenda, and new knowledge from Nordic foundations will be presented, discussed and explored.

The conference's presenter is Hilde Sandvik. Sandvik was awarded the Letterstedtska, the association's Nordic Medal of Merit for 2022.

Partnerships and philanthropy - Nordic status 2023
Stefan Einarsson, board member of Siftelser i Samverkan, in conversation with foundations about different experiences from the Nordic countries.

The panel is:
Henrik Andersen Lehmann, CEO Nordea-fonden Marika Hedin, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, CEO Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Kalle Korhonen, Director of Science and Art Funding, Kone Foundation Knut Olav Åmås, Director Fritt Ord Hanna Surmatz, Head of Policy Philea

November 9, 13:15 - 15:15 Parallel sidings - at Kraftverk and Hotel Norge

The conference will continue on a side track with the aim of deepening discussions and exchanging experiences on more specific topics. Perhaps there will also be an opportunity to explore new Nordic partnerships or inspiration for new working models?

Hosts: Eskild Stenhaug - CEO of Sparebankstiftelsen Sør, Jan Erik Tønnessen - asset manager Cultiva, Sørlandets Kompetansefond and Aust-Agder Utviklings- og Kompetansefond

13:15: Welcome by the hosts

13:20: "Asset management principles in our foundations" by Jan Erik Tønnessen and Eskild Stenhaug

13:30: "Is finance the solution to ESG issues?" , Trym Riksen, Head of Portfolio Management at Gabler AS

14:00: Panel: Espen Henriksen (Professor of Finance, BI Norwegian Business School), Trym Riksen and Hans Jørgen Stang (CEO of the UNIFOR Foundation)

14:20: "What is future real return and should the withdrawal rules be revised?" v/Espen Henriksen

14:50: Joint session with questions and comments from participants

15:05: Closing and departure to the joint program

Host: Hans Christian Lillehagen, Secretary General Stiftelsen Dam

13.15: Welcome.

Part 1: Do improved selection processes lead to the best projects?

Key questions to be addressed in presentations and panel discussion:‍.

  • What are the key aspects of an "effective" selection process?
  • Is it possible to agree on what "effective" means?
  • Is there a status quo-bias in grant-giving? Do we mostly do it like we have always done without questioning key parts of the process?
  • If you believe you are doing well: What could prove you wrong?
  • Are foundations in the Nordics conservative, or are they innovations hubs?

8-minute presentations:

  1. Eirik Mofoss - Co-founder of Gi Effektivt (and also Policy director, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)) (N)
  2. Gry Minor - Senior Adviser, Velux Fonden (DK): Stakeholder Dialogue
  3. Laura Lees, Grant Coordinator, Kone Foundation: Evaluation without Panels (SF)

20-minute panel discussion: What can we learn from each other? How do we stimulate development, inhouse and in partnerships?

Part 2: Specific cases of improving grant giving

Four cases in 35 minutes:

  1. The case of Villum Fonden (DK): Learning from the Experiment program: Does anonymous evaluation work?, presented by Anders Smith, Head of Program
  2. The case of Finnish Medical Foundation (SF): Brain Gain - Piloting of Medical Foundations' Joint Research Funding, presented by Jouni Lounasmaa
  3. The case of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (S): RJ Art and Culture. New ways to make research relevant, presented by Torbjörn Eng, Research Manager
  4. The case of Stiftelsen Dam (N): Doing in-house research. theme: quality assurance and openness, presented by Jan-Ole Hesselberg, Chief Programme Officer and Ida Svege, Head of Programme Development

Workshop: Each table discuss one of the cases

20 min + 2 min for each table to present main findings

Host: Peter Klemsdal, CEO of Sørlandets Kompetansefond

Meeting starts at 1315

For almost two decades, large foundations in the Nordic region have led the way as agenda-setters and catalysts in their areas of work. Small and medium-sized foundations have allowed themselves to be challenged to innovate, and there have been many study trips, not least to Denmark, where many willingly share their experiences and insights. But are well-established foundations able to adjust their working models?

In this sidetrack, the topic is strategic partnerships between foundations and other social actors who have the ambition to improve social inclusion and living conditions in their purpose and social mission. Can smaller and medium-sized foundations also work more "strategically", "catalytically" and "agenda-setting" as the largest foundations do? Can different forms of strategic partnerships be the key to better results and contributions to systemic change for smaller foundations as well? If so, what obstacles need to be addressed along the way and what are the keys to success?

In the seminar, we will present and discuss examples of partnerships and experiences with various initiatives for interaction in the Norwegian foundation landscape.

Participants: Sparebankstiftelsen SR-bank by Ellen Instefjord, Gjensidigestiftelsen by Ingrid Tollånes, Sørlandets Kompetansefond by Peter Klemsdal and Kristian Weise, TrygFonden

Chair and moderator: Rune Røiseland, Sørlandets Kompetansefond

Host: Karianne Bjellås Gilje, general manager Bergesen Foundation

13.15 Welcome and program for Sidespor 4 v/Karianne Bjellås Gilje

13.20 Introduction: What role do foundations play in Norwegian and Nordic cultural policy? v/Knut Olav Åmås

13.30 Social and political perspectives on the role of foundations

Panel: Hilde Sandvik (moderator), Jacob Haugmoen Handegard and Stein Olav Henrichsen

Do philanthropic foundations contribute to social development in the field of culture? If so, how? Has the power of the foundations increased in recent years? Does the "arm's length" principle of cultural policy and cultural bureaucracy apply to the field of foundations?

13.55 Collaborative institutions' perspective on philanthropic foundations

Panel: Stein Olav Henrichsen (chair), Maria Mediaas Jørstad, Susanna Pettersson and Bosse Nilsson

How is the role and contribution of philanthropic grantmaking foundations assessed from an institutional perspective? What are the differences and similarities between public and private support for cultural institutions? What role do the partner institutions want the grant-making foundations to play?

14:20 Break

14.35 What role do philanthropic grant-making foundations play in the Nordic region today? And what roles do we want to play? What partnerships do we want to enter into? Nordic foundation leaders discuss.

Panel : Hilde Sandvik (chair), Marika Hedin, Susanna Pettersson and Knut Olav Åmås.

Nordic foundation leaders reflect on what they have heard from the political/societal perspective, and from the perspective of institutional leaders - including on philanthropic grantmaking foundations' understanding of their role and their impact and contribution to society, etc.

15.05 Closing and departure to the joint program


Hilde Sandvik: Host of the Scandinavian radio program/podcast "The Norwegian, the Swede and the Dane", former cultural editor of Bergens Tidende and author of several books.

Knut Olav Åmås:  Director/CEO of the Fritt Ord Foundation, former state secretary at the Ministry of Culture, culture and debate editor at Aftenposten and editor of the periodical Samtiden and Universitetsforlaget.

Stein Olav Henrichsen: Chairman of the board of Kunstsilo and board member of the Nobel Foundation, former director of the Munch Museum, among others.

Maria Mediaas Jørstad is the director of the Nordic Culture Fund, and previously, among other things, the general manager of Talent Norway, where she built up cooperation between private grant-making foundations and the new private-public institution Talent Norway.

Jacob Haugmoen Handegard: Leader of Kristiansand Venstre, city council member in Kristiansand Municipality

Karianne Bjellås Gilje: CEO/CEO of the Bergesen Foundation, former dean of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, program manager at the Norwegian Design and Architecture Centre and editor of the magazine Prosa and Universitetsforlaget.

Marika Hedin: CEO/CEO of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and board member of Philea, former museum director at the Nobel Museum, the Vasa Museum and Uppsala University Museum, and author of a number of books.

Susanna Pettersson: Susanna Pettersson is CEO of Finnish Cultural Foundation and an art historian. Previous positions include director of the National Museum in Stockholm, the Ateneum Art Museum, which is part of the Finnish National Gallery, and the Alvar Aalto Foundation.

Bosse Nilsson: Bo Nilsson is head of Artipelag in Stockholm, and previously head of Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, Liljevalchs kunsthall in Stockholm, Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, among others.

Host: Ingrid Riddervold Lorange, CEO Gjensidigestiftelsen

  • How do the Nordic countries work to solve major societal challenges ("missions")?
  • How do we manage to be innovative in our work?
  • How can and must we collaborate across sectors to succeed?
  • What works and what is challenging about such collaboration and innovation?

13:15 - 13:20 Introduction (Ingrid Lorange, Gjensidigestiftelsen)

13:20 - 13:40 Norway's work with the major social missions and the value of partnerships and innovation to solve these (Anne Kjersti Fahlvik, Director - Innovation in Business and Public Sector, Research Council of Norway)

13:40 - 14:00 Bikubenfonden - practical examples and experiences of collaboration across sectors and actors to solve complex societal challenges and the "Home for All Alliance" (Søren Kaare-Andersen, CEO, Bikubenfonden)

14:05 - 14:25 "Partnership for radical innovation"; What is it and how does KS work together with others to solve specific societal challenges (Henrik Dons Finsrud and Kirsten Viga Skretting, KS)

14:25 - 14:45 "Together for children's innovation". Arild Bjørndal from the Center for Evidence and Implementation Nordic

14:45 - 15:15 Panel discussion and questions

Host: Johanna Vesterinen, CEO Liikesivistysrahasto (Foundation for Economic Education)

As academic research is conducted also across the borders of Nordic countries in collaboration among individual researchers or even research groups, joining forces in grant-making cross-border could well benefit researchers in respective countries.

Nordic foundations should explore ways for grant-making together - for the sake of an even better impact for future research. Together we are stronger!

CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management, also known as the oil fund, Nicolai Tangen in conversation with Hilde Sandvik about philanthropy, Nordic partnership, the Tangen Collection and Kunstsilo.

At the heart of Kunstsilo is the Tangen Collection, which consists of over 4,500 works from over 300 artists and is the largest collection of Nordic modernist art. The museum is still under construction, but participants at the Nordic Foundation Conference will nevertheless be given an exclusive tour of Kunstsilo - Museum for art and experiences in Kristiansand.

Festive dinner at Christianholm Fortress. Remember good shoes and warm clothes!

Day two of the conference is held at Hotel Norge, in the STUP room, and has a joint program for all participants. Philanthropy and partnerships are still on the agenda, but now with a focus on future opportunities and challenges.

What are the responsibilities of foundations in the Nordic region in a time of crisis? Norwegian Hilde Sandvik in conversation with:

  • Swede Marika Hedin, President/CEO Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
  • Dane Kristian Weise, Deputy Director/Senior Vice President TrygFonden
  • Finnish Susanna Petterson, CEO Finnish Cultural Foundation

Setting theglobal agenda! CEO of the Tinius Foundation, Kjersti Løken Stavrum in conversation with:

  • Vidar Helgesen, CEO of the Nobel Foundation
  • Henna Hakkarainen, CEO Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation
  • Stig Arff, founder Carbon Technology Research Foundation
  • Anne Berner, Board Director SEB and Medicover ( Publ ) and initiator of the Foundation for Children's Trauma Hospital and Institution Nadija sr

Co-creating the Nordic future? CEO of Cultiva, Kirsti Mathiesen Hjemdahl in conversation with:

  • Ylva Linderson, Research Secretary Erling-Persson Foundation
  • Andre Støylen, CEO of Sparebankstiftelsen DNB
  • Tine Sundtoft, County Council Director, former Minister of Climate and Environment with responsibility for the Paris Agreement
  • Antti Aarnio, Director Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation
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