Good Causes 

About the Kavli Trust

In 1962 the Kavli Trust was established in Norway with a legal duty to carry on the good works of the Kavli family by donating profits from the Kavli Group to humanitarian, research and cultual projects.

How it works

The Kavli Trust owns the Kavli Group, which generates the long term funding for its work. Part of Kavli’s profits are reinvested to strengthen and develop group’s operations, while the remainder benefits humanitarian work, research and cultural activities through the Kavli Trust.


Alongside its international commitments, The Kavli Trust also allocates funds for each Kavli site to donate to charity projects that benefit the local community and which are nominated by local colleagues.


Grants from the Kavli Trust have risen substantially in recent years as the Kavli Group has expanded and in 2012 NOK 25 million (£2.5 million) was donated to good causes.

Projects supported

The Kavli Trust supports a broad range of local and international projects which fall under the key headings enshrined in its statutes:


Humanitarian: Support for the poor and disadvantaged people in the global south and within the Kavli countries, with a focus on education to give individuals opportunities to grow, develop and break out of poverty. 


Research: Support for research into important social areas which can benefit humanity. To prevent and combat serious illnesses and damage caused by modern lifestyles with a focus on dementia and MS/CFS.


Culture: Support for cultural activities which enrich and stimulate society, with particular focus on young people.


The Kavli Trust works with partner organisations and charities to develop and support programmes that are sustainable and have a long term benefit, giving people the skills and tools to help themselves.


We have selected some case studies on the following pages to provide a glimpse into some of the work of the Kavli Trust, but to find out more or to contact the Trust directly please visit


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