What is the Finnish National Gallery?
The Finnish National Gallery is a foundation, which funds the operation of the Ateneum, Kiasma and Sinebrychoff art museums. In addition, it also manages the national art collection owned by the state, which includes works ranging from Rembrandt’s Monk Reading, to Hugo Simberg’s The Wounded Angel. The latest acquisitions include, among others, Petri Ala-Maunus’ monumental painting Hinterland and an installation by Anna Estarriola.
Where does the money go?
The raised funds become a part of the Finnish National Gallery’s endowment. The endowment is used to maintain the national art collection and fund the operation of Ateneum, Kiasma, and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. The raised funds help to make the Finnish National Gallery the most interesting national gallery in Northern Europe.
Can I allocate my donation to a specific target?
At the moment, donations cannot be allocated specifically, as we are raising funds for our endowment and the government only supports donations allocated directly to the endowment. Donors will be informed where the raised funds are going to be used.
The government matches each donation with 2.5 euros for each donated euro. Therefore each donated euro provides the fundraising with 3.5 euros.
Why should I donate?
Your donation is used to support Finnish education, culture and society in many ways. It creates new jobs, helps the young, and promotes creativity. Each donation leaves an imprint and the donor’s name will be preserved in the history books for future generations (provided the donor consents).
With your donation, you can also leave a message for future generations in the year 2050.
The donation is a deed and doing is the Finnish story. It is today’s way to make an impact.
Has the government stopped supporting the arts?
The basic funding for the Finnish National Gallery is, now and in the future, provided by the Finnish state using Veikkaus profit funds. The state has provided a nest egg of 10 million euros to the endowment.
Thanks to you, the state’s support will continue to grow. The state wants to encourage the fundraising by matching each donation with 2.5 euros per one donated euro. Therefore, if you donate 10 euros, the campaign will receive 35 euros.
Public funding began thanks to Finnish private donors. Many foundations have raised their initial capital from private individuals and companies.
What makes this more important than other donations?
Culture does not compete with other important matters, but rather coexists with them. Fundamental needs are vital to humans and culture binds us together. Art and culture enhance us as humans and as a society.
Culture has always been important to the Finnish people. Did you know that the existence of many Finnish cultural foundations is possible due to donations from private individuals and companies?
Does art matter?
Yes. Art is an important part of the history of independent Finland and it also builds towards the future of our country.
The significance of art is often forgotten in our daily lives. If today we were to lose our national art collection in a fire, cover up our statues, and close our ears from music, the world would look, feel, and sound very different.
Can I participate in other ways than by donating?
Absolutely. You can visit the museums, enjoy the services, and spread the word about the fundraising. You can share the message with your friends and acquaintances, also in social media.