The Foundation and its Mission

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Greta Thunberg

The Greta Thunberg Foundation works to support sustainability from a holistic perspective, promoting ecological, climatic and social sustainability.

The Foundation was founded in 2019 to create a transparent way of distributing funds from awards, royalties or donations linked to the Foundation's activities and Greta's activism to organisations and movements working for a just and sustainable world. The mission of the Foundation is to work globally for a sustainable climate, a socially sustainable society, a good environment, preservation of biodiversity, human rights and animal rights in the long term. The mission has been shaped to ensure it is aligned with Greta's values.

Where the Money Goes

The Foundation donates funds to support projects and organisations in line with its mission, to support sustainability from a holistic perspective, promoting ecological, climatic and social sustainability.

Any money associated with awards or prizes Greta receives is donated to the Foundation. The Foundation donates all such funds to support causes in line with its mission. As per October 2022, the Foundation has received EUR 1,235,000 in award and prize money and donated EUR 1,235,000 (taking exchange rates and bank transfer fees into account). Below you can find a list of the Foundation's outgoing donations.

Essential running costs such as administration, due diligence, accounting, auditing and legal services are covered by a part of the received donations and royalties.

The full financial information is available in the annual reports:
Annual report 2021: English | Swedish
Annual report 2019-2020: English | Swedish

  • Donated

    EUR 275,000

    October 2022

    International Organisation for Migration

    The Foundation is donating EUR 275,000 to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for their work supporting the needs of people displaced by climate-driven extreme weather, especially in Pakistan and Somalia. In Pakistan, IOM aims to reach over 1.3 million persons affected by the catastrophic floods. In Somalia, IOM has reached over 400,000 people displaced internally by the historic drought caused by four consecutive failed rainy seasons.

    Funding source

    EUR 1,000,000
    Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity
    July 2020
    and received donations/book royalties

  • Donated

    SEK 2,000,000 (~ EUR 184,000)

    September 2022

    Support to Sámi people's legal challenge to the Gállok iron ore mine in Sweden

    The Foundation is donating SEK 2,000,000 to the Indigenous Jåhkåganska Sámi community in Jokkmokk municipality in the north of Sweden. The financial donation will support the Sámi communities legal fight against the Swedish government's decision to allow an iron mine in Gállok. Indigenous peoples comprise less than 5% of the world population, but safeguard 80% of the Earth's biodiversity.

    Funding source

    Received donations/book royalties

  • Donated

    EUR 100,000

    September 2022

    Fridays for Future MAPA COP27

    The Foundation is donating EUR 100,000 to Climate 2025 to support youth climate activists from MAPA (Most Affected People and Areas) to attend COP27 in Egypt. This donation aims to help voices to be heard from the areas most affected by the climate crisis, as they are historically underrepresented in the climate debate.

    Funding source

    Received donations/book royalties

  • Donated

    EUR 275,000

    September 2022

    Supporting UNICEF's work to tackle the malnutrition crisis

    The Foundation is donating EUR 275,000 to support UNICEF's work to tackle the global malnutrition crisis. The donation will help children get access to food, clean water, health care and sanitation in areas affected by climate-driven extreme weather, conflict and rising food prices, for example in the Horn of Africa and in Pakistan.

    Funding source

    EUR 1,000,000
    Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity
    July 2020

  • Donated

    SEK 3,439,238 (~ EUR 325,400)

    August 2022

    Book royalties to six non-profit organisations

    The Foundation is donating the full amount related to royalties after tax, SEK 3,439,238, from the book “Scener ur hjärtat” / “Our House is on Fire”, in line with the foreword of the book, to six organisations: Greenpeace, WWF, Lära med Djur, Fältbiologerna, Naturskyddsföreningen, and Djurens Rätt.

    Funding source

    Donations related to the book “Scener ur hjärtat” / “Our House is on Fire”