About us

The non-profit Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation was established in January 2014. The initial capital of the foundation is made up of B class shares in KONE Corporation, donated to the foundation by Security Trading Ltd, a major shareholder of the KONE Corporation. 

Since it was established, the foundation has awarded nearly one million euros in grants annually for the promotion of research, the arts, social welfare, and projects with an environmental focus. In the 2020–2025 Strategy Period, the foundation is introducing a new operational model, according to which the foundation will actively seek the solutions best suited to its funding purposes, instead of receiving applications through open application cycles. With this change to our operations, the foundation seeks to cut down on unnecessary work generated by open grant application cycles: even with grant applications with the narrowest focus, the rate of accepted applications remains under ten per cent. 

For more information on funding opportunities or other forms of cooperation, go to the Contact us page.

The guiding principles of the foundation are openness, cooperation and dialogue. 

Members of the Board of the foundation:

Anna Herlin
Antti Herlin (Chair)
Emma Herlin 
Iiris Herlin
Jussi Herlin
Tiina Herlin (Vice chair)

The foundation’s operations are managed by:

Riikka Ihamuotila, General Secretary 
Administration, finances and grants

Anna Herlin, Head of Development
Strategy implementation, partnerships and communications