Activities of the Foundations

The History
Often personally and discreet, A.P. Møller supported individuals and issues which were related to his sympathies for national causes, above all to promote Slesvig or Nordic aims. Throughout the years, A.P. Møller established a number of foundations to promote certain areas.
At the death of A.P. Møller in 1965, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller assumed the chairmanship of those foundations and he managed the foundation grants in the spirit of his father.

The A.P. Møller Foundation
A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (The A.P. Møller Foundation) was established in 1953 on the basis of the A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Familiefond (The A.P. Møller Family Foundation), which was established in 1946.
A.P. Møller’s sympathies and interests were specified in the trust deed of The A.P. Møller Foundation; its aims are to support the Danish cause north and south of the border, to work for the closest possible union or co-operation between Denmark and the other Nordic countries; to promote Danish shipping and industry; to support science, particularly medical science and finally to make contributions to causes in the public good.

Over time The A.P. Møller Foundation received and acquired large share holdings in Aktieselskabet Dampskibsselskabet Svendborg (the Steamship Company Svendborg) and Dampskibsselskabet af 1912 Aktieselskab (the Steamship Company of 1912) which were merged into A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S in 2003.
Today, The A.P. Møller Foundation owns more than 50 % of the voting shares in A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S and two other foundations have smaller, but significant holdings.

The Donations
Amaliehaven (a park in Copenhagen) in 1983, Fregatten Jylland (the frigate “Jylland”) in 1994, the Opera (in Copenhagen) in 2004 and other large projects were given the publicity and therefore the public coverage. But as A.P. Møller did it from the beginning of his career, The A.P. Møller Foundation has an eye for the local initiative, where a small donation makes a great difference. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller continued his father’s commitment and among many other things, The A.P. Møller Foundation has donated funds to replace church bells, preserve wind mills and the establishment of clubhouses and facilities for associations.

Since the mid-1970s The A.P. Møller Foundation has worked with various public authorities on initiatives to preserve significant cultural landmarks, for example Højer Mølle (a wind mill), the Copenhagen Citadel, the equestrian statue at Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen and Kommandørgården på Rømø (a fully furnished home from the 1700s, managed by the National Museum of Denmark).

Additional information (Danish only)
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