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V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation


Last profile update: 04/11/2017
Last grant data update: 11/11/2017

At A Glance

V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation

475 Riverside Dr., Ste. 900

New York City, NY United States 10115-0066

Telephone: (212) 812-4271


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Established in 1991 in MA - Founded in the name of Villum Kann Rasmussen, who founded the VELUX group of companies in Denmark in 1941, initially specializing in windows and skylights, and it now has manufacturing companies in 11 countries and sales companies in just under 40 countries.

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for the environment. The foundation favors projects that: 1) take stock of the scale of the environmental problems, 2) use a systems approach to achieve change, 3) link policy, advocacy, and practical solution, 4) have international significance and perspective, even if U.S. based, and 5) are based on original thinking and creative ideas. The foundation currently only evaluates projects within the categories of: Ecosystems Resilience, Protection and Restoration, (research and tools of relevance to large scale geographic areas including many countries and continents; natural greenhouse gas sequestration and storage with large scale impact potential, and agro-biodiversity); Framework of Ecological Stability (economic models of living within global limits and practical implementation of change to a stable global ecosystem, and sustainable production and land use); and Communication and Leadership (communicating value-based living with sustainable use of water, energy, and food resources, new innovative initiatives to enhance international cooperation and knowledge-sharing, and next generation leadership) .