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COFF - Council of Finnish Foundations

The Council of Finnish Foundations is an association for Finnish grant providers, the only benefit and support organisation for foundations in Finland. We have 196 foundations and funds as members. The significance of charitable foundations in our society is notable: in 2017, the Council members supported Finnish art, science and culture with more than EUR 516 million. Foundations are enablers that make the world a better place and make it possible for dreams to come true. Looking after foundations’ operating conditions therefore benefits the society as a whole.

The Council is a part of the national foundation sector in Finland, as well as the universal third sector. The Council operates together with other social, scientific, artistic and cultural actors and grant recipients as well as the media. International interaction and cooperation is an important part of all operations.

The Council monitors and defends the interests of its members, and serves as a trainer and expert, information provider and discussion forum, supporter and publisher of research. The association operates with foresight and guides the development of the foundation sector. The Council provides up-to-date and research-based information about the foundations to the media and the public, and offers interesting viewpoints to the foundations. The Council advices grant applicants with questions regarding grants and maintains the Aurora grant database.

The Council of Finnish Foundations is a member of the DAFNE Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe. Through DAFNE, it is connected with the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and Foundation Council of Europe, which represents more than 5,000 European foundations on an EU level. In addition, the Council is a member of WINGS, which is a worldwide organisation comparable to DAFNE.

Topical issues in the Council are the amended Foundations Act, the 100th anniversary year of Finnish independence (2017), and the impact evaluations of the foundations. There is increasing pressure focused on foundations to fund the growing needs of science, art and culture, and this increases the overall expectations for the foundations’ operations. The foundations’ reputation in Finland has improved during the past two years, based on a Foundation Barometer conducted in 2014.

• Established in 1970
• Began its operations as an association in 2004
• 196 members
• The members supported Finnish science, art and culture with EUR 516 million in 2017
• The total wealth of the members is over EUR 13 billion
• The members represent more than 70% of the wealth of Finnish foundations

Research

Our multiannual academic research project Tieteen tukijoukot ('Support Troops of Science') has, for the first time, clarified the significance of Finnish foundations supporting research and universities in Finland 1917–2017. The research project was conducted by PhD, Docent Allan Tiitta.

Finnish foundations fund an abundance of scientific research that has a remarkable effect on society. According to the study, the support has been more than EUR 4.2 billion, and it has multiplied by more than 2,500 within our first hundred years of independence. The study was published in 2018 in Finnish as a book and available in pdf at tieteentukijoukot.fi. In English a summary is available and can be downloaded here.

Publications

The Council of Finnish Foundations supports and publishes research concerning foundations and third sector in Finland. The publications include guidelines, reports and studies relevant to the field.

Good Governance of Foundatios

Good Governance of Foundations presents the principles for good governance in a concise and practical manner, to be used in every foundation. The 2nd edition of the Good Governance of Foundations guidelines is based on the new Foundations Act which entered into force i Finland on 1 December 2015. The guidelines are meant to help and guide people working in foundations: members of the board of directors and the administrative council of the foundations, managing directors, secretaries general, functionaries and those planning to establish a foundation.

Best Practice for Foundations (Code of Conduct)

The Council of Finnish Foundations has prepared a written Best Practice for Foundations, which guides the foundations’ operations and good management. The guidelines are meant especially for the members of the Council of Finnish Foundations, but also other foundations and associations can make use of it in their operations. Best Practice for Foundations deals with good management, grants and awards, communication, administration, finances and cooperation between foundations and their interest groups. The Best Practice tells you how a good foundation operates.

A Foundation with Impact! Principles and Practices of Evaluating the Impact of Foundations

The purpose of the Impact Evaluation Guide is to make those involved in the foundation’s operations consider what kind of results the foundations are aiming for and how the implementation of these goals, the impacts and influence of the foundation can be evaluated. The concise guide is meant to inspire thoughts and to provide tools. The Boards of the foundations may consider the impact evaluation as a way to develop their own competence: the results of the evaluation tell you what works in the foundation and what could work better.

Improving the grant researcher’s position – Recommendations for commitment-based research funding (only in Finnish)

The Council of Finnish Foundations proposes measures to improve the position of the grant recipient and the appreciation for a researcher career, foundations and grants with these guidelines. The recommendations are meant to help the foundations reach these goals and clarify the system for different parties. The Council of Finnish Foundations recommends that the foundations take these guidelines into use in the grant applications starting in 2014.

Sustainable use of resources (only in Finnish and Swedish)

The Board of Directors of the foundation is responsible for the foundation’s operations. This means, above all, responsibility for implementing the purpose of the foundation and asset management. The principle behind the foundation operations is to use the foundation’s resources as well as possible to implement its purpose. Operations that extend far into the future provide that the use of resources cannot lead to permanent decrease of the foundation’s funds, but neither should it lead to purposefully increasing the value of the funds, for example through overly cautious allocation policy. Finding this balance is the goal for the foundation’s sustainable use of resources.

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