THE EVA AHLSTRÖM FOUNDATION
The Eva Ahlström Foundation is a humanitarian organisation that aims to support underprivileged women, children and adolescents in Finland and internationally through cooperation with established non-governmental organisations. The foundation is founded and managed by members of the Ahlström family.
The Eva Ahlström Foundation was founded in the spring 2010 by a group of female heirs of Eva Ahlström. The name of the Eva Ahlström Foundation was chosen to honour the matriarch Eva Ahlström (1848-1920).
Eva once dreamed of becoming a telegrafer. Instead she became the mother of seven children and Finland’s first female industrialist. After the death of her husband Antti Ahlström (1827-1896), the founder of the Ahlström corporation, Eva took charge of the company.
In the milling village of Noormarkku, Eva founded a library, the Eva Ahlström hospital and Turvakoti, a home for the elderly. She was also among the founders of the precursor to the Martha Association.
Eva and her husband Antti (1827-1896), gave generous donations to develop health care, education and culture. The couple worked devotedly to ensure that the next generation of Finns, especially girls, would receive schooling. Their motto was that wealth imposes obligations.
The general conception of the founding members of the Eva Ahlström Foundation was to continue the path laid out by their ancestors.
The Eva Ahlström Foundation is a humanitarian organisation that aims to support underprivileged women, children and adolescents in Finland and internationally through cooperation with established non-governmental organisations.
According to the founding rules, the purpose of the foundation is to “support organisations, societies or individual persons in Finland and abroad, with a good and documented reputation to work globally and locally to support women, children and others that are in an exposed situation due to poverty, oppression, war, political instability, natural disasters or other difficult circumstances”.
Eva Ahlström (née Holmström) was born in 1848 and married Antti Ahlström in 1871 who at the time was one of Finlands most influential and wealthy businessman. Eva had seven children and after the death of her husband in 1896 she successfully took over the family business. During her life, one of her main interests was to organise and finance health care and education for underprivileged women and children.