Nordic Cases

These are a few examples of client assignments in the Nordic region.

Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)

Karolinska Institutet is the top-ranked university in the Nordic region. Karolinska Institutet raised more than SEK 1 billion in their first fundraising campaign called Breakthroughs for life, with princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson as the chair of the campaign committee.

We did a Feasibility and Planning Study in 2004, and helped them with interim management and other support throughout the campaign.

TKK / Aalto University (Finland)

TKK (now part of Aalto University) is the leading university of technology in Finland.

TKK managed to raise around 21 MEUR (target 20 MEUR) in their fundraising campaign “Technology for life” that was completed in 2008, with Jorma Ollila as chair of the campaign committee.

We did a Feasibility and Planning Study in 2004, and helped them with interim management through the whole campaign.

In 2015, we helped Aalto University with campaign management and re-build their fundraising organisation for the campaign The Future is Made Today. Risto Siilasmaa led the campaign board during the campaign where Aalto University managed to raise around 24 MEUR before matching (target 20 MEUR).

WWF (Denmark / Sweden)

WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) is one of world’s largest conservation organisations. The organisation consists of some 30 National Offices and a further number of Programme Offices.

In 2007 we took part in an international project to find out how much major gift fundraising was taking place outside the USA and Canada. We then did strategic reviews in 7 countries and the international office simultaneously. After that, we carried out a strategic review of the major gifts plans of WWF Denmark and helped them to formulate their Case for Support.

Since 2014, we have helped WWF Sweden to develop their major gifts program.

Hanken (Finland)

Hanken is the leading Swedish-speaking business school in Finland. Hanken launched their first fundraising campaign Hanken 100 in time for the 100 year anniversary in 2009. The campaign ended in 2011 and coincided with the matched funding system from the government. Hanken raised more than 15 MEUR before matching (target 10 MEUR) with Björn Wahlroos as chair of the campaign committee.

We did a Feasibility and Planning Study in 2007 and helped Hanken for more than a year with the implementation of their campaign.

Linköping University (Sweden)

Linköping University (LiU) is the fifth largest university in Sweden with around 27 000 students. LiU announced in 2011 that they had raised 272 MSEK for their campaign Expanding Excellence (target 250 MSEK).


We did a Feasibility Study in 2005 and helped them to set up their campaign, ongoing implementation consulting, and participation in the selection process for their fundraising needs.

UNICEF (Sweden / Norway)

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child.

We helped UNICEF Sweden to establish a major donor program in 2003-2004. In 2016-2017, we carried out a study for UNICEF Norway to establish their major donor program.

Ersta Diakoni (Sweden)

We helped Ersta Diakoni, a private not-for-profit hospital in Stockholm, to set up their fundraising office by carrying out a Feasibility and Planning Study in 2004. Since then they have raised in excess of 100 MSEK in philanthropic gifts.

Lund University (Sweden)

Lund University (Sweden) is highly ranked in many international comparisons of higher education and has been consistently placed in the world’s top 100 universities in recent years.

We helped them in 2013 to plan their first ever capital fundraising campaign.

Sjöräddningssällskapet (Sweden)

Swedish Sea Rescue Society is responsible for 70 percent of all sea rescues in Sweden and receives no government funding. The Society is financed by membership fees, donations and voluntary work. The Society has doubled the number of sea rescue stations in recent years, tripled the number of rescue volunteers available and built 70 modern rescue vessels.

Major gifts play a vital role for the Swedish Sea Rescue Society to upgrade and renew their rescue vessels. We have assisted the Swedish Sea Rescue Society several times. Our first assignment was a Feasibility and Planning Study in 1995 for a major gift fundraising campaign. Our latest assignment was in 2012.

World Vision (Finland)

World Vision — the world’s biggest child sponsorship organization — is a Christian humanitarian organization working to create a lasting, positive change in the lives of children, families and communities living in poverty.

We did a short strategic review in 2009 for World Vision Finland to explore the potential for a major gifts program.

UMB (Norway)

UMB (Universitetet for miljø- og biovitenskap, Norwegian University of Life Sciences) is located in Ås near Oslo. UMB began in 1859 as the only Norwegian agricultural post-graduate college (Norges landbrukshøgskole). In 2005 the institution received the Norwegian university status, and is now one of the 8 accredited universities in Norway.

In 2009 we did a Strategic Assessment Study for fundraising and then helped UMB to implement our recommendations.