Both VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN are non-profit, philanthropic foundations and a part of THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS.

Making a difference

Due to the results of the VKR Group and the daily efforts of 13,500 employees, VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN are able to support a wide range of non-profit purposes.

Among our grant areas are science, environmental, social and cultural purposes in Denmark and abroad.
In 2016 the two foundations gave joint donations of approx. 155 million EUR for non-profit purposes.

Both foundations were established by Villum Kann Rasmussen - the founder of VELUX and other companies in the VKR Group, whose mission it is to bring daylight, fresh air and a better environment into people’s everyday lives.



Founded: 1971. Awarded DKK 902 million in grants in 2016
The foundation supports research in the technical and natural sciences, as well as environmental, social and cultural projects in Denmark and abroad. The foundation is responsible for awarding the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology.

VILLUM FONDEN strives to be a model foundation. As a model foundation we will manage the inheritance from the founder, Villum Kann Rasmussen, in such a way that his thoughts, ideas and the trust deed for the foundation will be taken into account and will contribute to and influence the future for our funding areas, for society and for the company group.



Founded: 1981. Awarded DKK 259 million in grants in 2016
The foundation supports scientific, cultural, social and environmental projects that seek to advance an informed, open, inclusive and sustainable society. The foundation’s priority areas are: active senior citizens, ophthalmology and gerontology.


Associated foundations
VELUX Stiftung, Schweiz

Founded: 1980. Awarded DKK 37,1 million in grants in 2016
The Velux Stiftung is a Swiss charitable foundation supporting science in daylight research - especially daylight & humans, daylight & nature, daylight technology - as well as healthy ageing and ophthalmology. The foundation supports high-quality research causing impact in science and/or society.


V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, USA

Founded: 1991. Awarded DKK 38,3 million in grants in 2016
The primary goal of the foundation is to support environmental projects related to biodiversity, climate and sustainable production and consumption. The foundation primarily supports projects in the United States and small-scale projects in other countries. The foundation also supports social projects in Greenwood, South Carolina, where VELUX’s production and sales forces are headquartered.

V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation

Employee Foundation of the VKR Group

Founded in 1991. Awarded DKK 7,9 million in grants in 2016

The foundation makes grants to employees of the VKR Group for a number of purposes:

  • For employees and their immediate families who face unforeseen, unfortunate situations, such as a sudden and serious illness
  • For the final education of employees’ children
  • For activities in the communities where VKR Group companies operate.

Employee Foundation