We believe in encounters and in crossing boundaries. We cooperate with various organisations, implement joint projects and organise events on topics that are important to us.


Our cooperation with the IHME CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL centres on bold encounters. IHME is produced by Pro Arte Foundation Finland. We committed to providing IHME with EUR 300,000 in annual funding between 2015 and 2019. The cooperation between Kone Foundation and Pro Arte Foundation Finland supports the operations of both foundations.

Pro Arte Foundation Finland promotes art as an important part of people’s daily lives. Its purpose is to strengthen the position of the visual arts, improve their accessibility, increase their visibility and further develop audience relations. Pro Arte Finland Foundation produces the annual IHME Contemporary Art Festival, which includes a work of art created by an internationally recognised artist for a public space as well as discussions and art education projects related to the work.

Executive Director Anna Talasniemi represents Kone Foundation on the Board of Directors of Pro Arte Foundation Finland.


THE SCIENCE FORUM  is an interdisciplinary event for the general public in which researchers from different fields extensively discuss science, research and the opportunities offered by science. The event is organised every other year, in January, in Helsinki, with related events in other cities. Admission is free. The Science Forum is one of the oldest science events regularly held in Europe.

We have been involved in organising the event since 2013, particularly the Science in Kamppi event at the Kamppi shopping centre. The Science in Kamppi event was organised for the second time in 2015, covering a wider area than before. In 2015 it involved researchers looking at everyday objects from new and surprising angles.


FORUM FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION, founded in June 2010, aims to advance the transfer of timely environmental information and to increase interaction between the producers and users of information. The main objective is to support national policy-making, keeping in mind the global significance of environmental problems. Kone Foundation has provided funding for the Forum since 2014 in cooperation with the Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation.


We are always pleased to organise events in cooperation with other organisations on topics that are important to us. In such events, we have brought film-makers and researchers together in cooperation with the Tampere Film Festival, organised events on multilingualism in cooperation with the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and brought together researchers from Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation and Kone Foundation to learn more about research communication.


We are a member of The Association of Finnish Foundations which coordinates co-operation between grant providers. Its members follow the code of conduct Best Practice for Foundations. Kalle Korhonen, Kone Foundation’s Director of Funding, is a member of its Board of Directors.

Kone Foundation is a member of Philea (Philanthropy Europe Association), an umbrella organisation that nurtures a diverse and inclusive ecosystem of foundations, philanthropic organisations and networks in over 30 countries that work for the common good.