Overview of Vidarstiftelsen Dividends

Dividends amounting to a total of 148.3 million Swedish crowns have been paid out between 1962 and 2012, 108 million of which were spent on education and for training purposes.

Total approved dividends in 2012 amounted to 10.5 Swedish crowns; most of the funds, 7.3 million crowns, were granted for education and training, while 2.7 million crowns were allocated for scientific research.

In 2010, just over 10 million Swedish kronor in dividends were granted. Of this, nearly 4 million kronor went to teaching and education, 6 million kronor to scientific research and the remaining 0.5 million kronor to other purposes, including promoting the care and upbringing of children and help to the needy.

In 2009 dividends amounted to 11 million Swedish kronor. 9 million kronor supported teaching and education, almost 2 million kronor went to scientific research and the remaining 0.2 million kronor supported other purposes, including the promotion of care and upbringing of children and help to needy.

In 2008, dividends equalled 10 million Swedish kronor.

Concrete examples of supported initiatives supported by the foundation can be found under current projects.

About Swedish Dividend Foundations

In Sweden, dividend foundations constitute the most common foundation form. The dividends from the foundationís assets are distributed to activities in line with its purpose.Tax regulations determine which activities qualify as common benefits. Funding activities within these areas allow a foundation more favourable tax conditions. Examples of such qualified common benefits are to promote the care and upbringing of children, provide grants for teaching or education, engage in relief work among the needy and to promote scientific research.

Therefore, Vidarstiftelsen mainly supports teaching and education as well as scientific research in areas such as Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical medicine and health care, eurythmy, art, and other related areas.

There is a proposal to broaden the common benefits to include the cultural realm, health care and environmental protection, but a decision by the legislature on this matter has not been made to date.