Zennström Philanthropies

Zennström Philanthropies was established by its founders because of their belief that the world today faces significant challenges and that those in a position to do something are obligated to bring to bear the resources they have to help find solutions.

With the founders’ experience as both entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Zennström Philanthropies looks to work on the cutting edge of the nexus between the two.


Human Rights

Human rights empower individuals to reach their full potential. Europe has the world’s strongest system of laws to protect human rights, and yet some groups are still denied their basic rights.

By building partnerships with European institutions, human rights defenders and NGOs, we can work together to change policy, empower vulnerable groups, and ensure that everyone can live in dignity.


The Environment

Human activity is threatening the long-term sustainability of our ecosystems. By working to ensure that the real environmental costs of economic activity are included in today’s business and policy decisions we believe that we can help create a new path that continues to promote development and growth whilst protecting the global commons. Our environmental portfolio encompasses three areas: Climate Change, Social Enterprise and Green Entrepreneurship; and the Baltic Sea.


About Us

Zennström Philanthropies was founded in 2007 by Niklas and Catherine Zennström. Its mission is to support and engage with organisations that fight for human rights, work to stop climate change and encourage social entrepreneurship in order to protect our natural environment and allow those who live in it to realize their full potential.


How we work

While we are always interested in learning more about the issues, the work, or the impact in our areas of focus, we are unable to accept unsolicited grant applications. Please note, any unsolicited application will not be considered.


Whilst human rights and climate change make up the principal funding activities of Zennström Philanthropies, there are other organisations whose work is deeply important, and often complementary, to the work of the principal fund. The elective fund was created to support such initiatives.