Nokia Networks Alumni Fund - Invest in the future of research

The University of Helsinki aims to rank among the 50 leading universities in the world. Cancer research is an example of research areas where the University of Helsinki is particularly strong.

University’s 375 Future Fund supports the University’s position among the world’s best multidisciplinary research universities. The 375 Future Fund was founded to celebrate the 375-year-history of the University in 2015, and its assets will be used to carry out projects that are important to the future and to the University’s strategic plan. Nokia Networks Alumni can make a significant impact to the future of the top-notch research through an entitled fund that works as part of the 375 Future Fund.


The next step is personalized treatment. Reaching this goal tomorrow, however, requires investment in high-quality, cross-disciplinary medical research today. Taking risks, increasing international cooperation and supporting potentially ground-breaking research all require money. The University of Helsinki has made several significant breakthroughs in cancer research. Helsinki is particularly strong in basic oncological research, genetic research and molecular medicine. Vast improvements in the diagnostics of hereditary cancers enable more targeted screenings for high-risk groups and help prevent the disease on the population level. Harvesting the specialised samples required for effective cancer research and treatment is still extremely expensive. 

Cancer research and treatment in Helsinki received the highest accreditation from the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes in spring 2014, becoming the second European university hospital to receive the Comprehensive Cancer Center status. The research is further supported by the increasing cooperation between the University of Helsinki's Faculty of Medicine and the Helsinki University Hospital on the AMCH campus. A significant new endeavour in this field is the new Finnish national cancer center, which is planned to be coordinated from Helsinki.  


The matched-funding scheme by the Finnish government applies to unallocated donations made to the University of Helsinki’s 375 Future Fund. The Government’s investment can be up to three euros per one privately donated euro. The Finnish government is prepared to invest 150 million euros in proportion to the private donations that Finnish universities collect from 1 November 2014 to 30 June 2017. University of Helsinki estimates the final coefficient to be 1,5-2. The coefficient will be fixed in the autumn 2017.


Donations to the 375 Future Fund are particularly important, seeing as they support the main objectives of the University’s strategic development, for example cancer research. Donations of 850 to 250,000 euros are permanently tax deductible to communities and donations of 850 to 500,000 euros are deductible to private persons and estates. In the uppermost revenue bracket, the effect of the deduction is almost 50 % of the donated amount. Read more about the deductions for natural person by the Finnish Tax Authorities (in Finnish) >>


All donors are warmly welcome to the University Community. Everyone who has donated 1,000 euros or more will receive an invitation to Club Giraffe.The Club provides donors with insight into multidiciplinary research, teaching and studies at the University of Helsinki. It is hosted by the University’s chancellor and rector. Club Giraffe offers academic lectures, discussions and other topical events as joint forums for donors, University management, scientists and researchers. The Club is named after the Giraffe quarter, where the University’s Main Building is located. Read more and join >> 


Make a tax-deductible donation of 850 euros  - with the matched-funding scheme the impact can be up to 3400 euros >>
Make a tax-deductible donation of 1000 euros - with the matched-funding scheme the impact can be up to 4000 euros >>
Make a donation that suits you best >>

You can also pay your donation to the university's campaign account. Donations to the 375 Future Fund: Nordea, IBAN = FI37 1660 3001 0767 62, BIC = NDEAFIHH. Recipient: Helsingin yliopisto, message: Nokia Networks Alumni, name of the donor and contact information.  For example: Nokia Networks Alumni, Maija Meikäläinen,, 040 100 1000, Esimerkkikatu 1, 00100 Helsinki. We ask you to fill in a deed of donation for donations of 850 euro and more. Please return the deed of donation to the following address: Donor Relations, PL 53 (Fabianinkatu 32), 00014 Helsingin yliopisto.

CHALLENGing the community

Nokia Networks Alumni Kirsi Komi currently serves on the board of a number of Finnish public and private companies.  She also supports the University of Helsinki in its fundraising activities.

- As Chairman of Docrates Cancer Center, a private cancer hospital in Helsinki, and as a former breast cancer patient myself, I want to personally thank the makers of the documentary film Hyvän Viestin Tuojat for the initiative to arrange a fundraising event in support of cancer research in conjunction with the world premiere screening of this film.  Watching this film will surely bring back fond memories to all of us of those exciting days when we were together connecting people and changing the world for the better by bringing telecommunications to the masses.  '

- Please join me in making a contribution – big or small – in support of cancer research at the University of Helsinki.


Please contact Ms Riikka Mäntyniemi riikka.mantyniemi(a) or +358 29 41 23478 or lahjoittajasuhteet(a) / +358 29 21650 in case you have any questions related to making a donation. Please contact Doctor Caj Haglund, Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, to discuss the cancer research at the University of Helsinki.