Realdania is a philantropic association supporting projects in the built environment within three focus areas: Cities, buildings and built heritage. Their mission is to improve quality of life for the common good through the built environment. The Foundation strives to create value through development and change, dialogue and knowledge, partnerships and networks and by taking initiatives and being proactive.

At the end of 2011 Realdania’s net capital amounted to approx. EUR 2.1 billion. In 2011 Realdania made grants of approx. EUR 160 million. Over the past 11 years the Foundation has supported philanthropic initiatives with a total project value of approximately EUR 3,0 billion. Of this amount, Realdania has provided EUR 1.4 billion, while the other part has been provided by other project partners.

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Realdania not only allocate funds but also share their expertise and network. Since Realdania was founded in 2000, they have funded or co-funded more than 2,000 projects of which 700 are currently active. This provides a large knowledge base, which offers a good starting point for any project that is approved for funding. The Foundation carries out strategic philanthropic  work, where the dissemination of knowledge is considered at least as important as the physical project. By granting what they call “smart money”, Realdania work to make sure that the experiences acquired in the projects will benefit others working with the built environment and thus society at large.

Funding projects fall within one of three strategic focus areas, and Flagships usually span over more than one:

  • The city: Improved quality
  • The construction industry: Greater efficiency
  • The building heritage: Preservation through reuse

Furthermore projects should:

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  • Make a difference in the built environment
  • Display merit in terms of demonstration and dissemination of knowledge
  • Generate new knowledge or new experience
  • Embody or advance architectural quality
  • Be economically sustainable – also in the long term

The flagships underline how Realdania operates strategically. They are large, visible projects with significance extending beyond the here and now. The projects will often be financially substantial and they are typically organized in cooperation or partnerships with others.

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  1. Avatar Ashish K Bardhan says

    Re: Request for joint venture for FOOD SECURITY for the Tribal and backward communities, who are in vulnerable situations.
    Dear Donor,
    We take the opportunity to introduce ourselves as an NGO, whose aim is to fight against hunger and injustice. Since 2002, we are trying to work with the poor and marginalized tribal people of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa of eastern part of India. We are working with local communities to address collectively the people’s movements, hunger, inequity and injustice.
    We are reaching out with the target groups, through SHGs (Self-Help Groups) of which, mostly are poor and marginalized, belong to tribal communities, supporting them in their struggle to access their rights to food, shelter, work, education, healthcare and human security and helping them have their voice in the development decisions affecting their lives and livelihood.
    The people we work with include the dalit and tribal people, other sections of the rural poor, women, children, and minorities. Within these groups, our focus is on people in vulnerable situations such as people living with chronic hunger, ill health, migrant and bonded workers, children out of education, homeless people, trafficked persons, persons with disability, displaced people and refugees, and people affected by natural and human-made disasters.
    As we are working with the Tribal and other backward communities at the Purulia, Balasore and East Singhbhum districts, under the State of West Bengal, Orissa & Jharkhand respectively, that are why, we would like to propose the FOOD SECURITY program for the entire communities of target areas who are in vulnerable situation.

    We look forward to hear from your end.

    Thank you,

    Ashish K Bardhan
    Member Secretary, SPREAD/India