Reference Work Entry

International Encyclopedia of Civil Society

pp 913-914

Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse

  • Anael LabigneAffiliated withCentre for Social Investment, Universitaet Heidelberg

Address of Organization

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg FoundationBox 16066 SE-103 22 Stockholm Sweden www.​wallenberg.​com/​kaw


The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, established in Stockholm in 1917, focuses on financing scientific research, mainly in the field of technical and natural science. Universities, academies and similar educational institutions are eligible for grants, especially when their research promises significant potential.

Brief History

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation was established in 1917 by the banker and politician Knut Agathon Wallenberg and his wife Alice Nickelsen, who married in 1878. Knut Wallenberg was the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1914 to 1917 and the chairman of the board of Stockholm’s Enskilda Bank, the first private Swedish bank, founded in 1856 by his father André Oscar Wallenberg. The foundation started with an initial endowment of 20 million Swedish crowns. The Knut and ...

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