The Poul Due Jensen Foundation supports projects bringing safe and affordable drinking water to rural communities in developing countries and the world's forgotten refugee camps. We also support selected Danish research environments within technical research and natural science, and finally we push for labour market inclusion in Central Denmark Region, where Grundfos has its birthplace.


The Foundation cooperates with international partners with the ambition to supply safe water to the world's poorest in rural communities and forgotten refugee camps.


The Foundation supports "use-inspired" research initiatives, environments and individuals within technical and natural science disciplines.


The Foundation aims to reduce the number of people living on passive public benefits. We support projects that help vulnerable people access and remain within the labour market.

How was the split between the three philanthropic areas in 2018?



The Poul Due Jensen Foundation committed 95 M DKK to philanthropic projects in 2018.

34 %


In 2018, 34 % of the grants went to water projects.


51 %


In 2018, 51 % of the grants supported research and learning environments.


15 %


The Foundation supported labour market inclusion in Central Jutland. This area received 15 % of the grants in 2018.


Active ownership means looking out for Grundfos’ interests. We set up holistic goals and challenge the Board of the Grundfos Group. We also contribute to the Group’s development and to the world through our employee awards and scholarships.

New Chairman of the Poul Due Jensen Foundation

The Foundation has elected Jens Maaløe, 64, as its new Chairman of the Board.

Emergency relief for Malawi and Mozambique after Cyclone Idai

The Poul Due Jensen Foundation helps cyclone victims in collaboration with Water Mission and PlanBørnefonden (Plan International).

Pilot: New solar and battery pumping solution in Togo

Handpumps will not be an adequate technology if we are to reach UN sustainable development goal 6 of delivering affordable access to safe water for all. That's why we are testing a new solar and battery backup solution in Togo in collaboration with PlanBørnefonden (Plan International).

A different approach to water management in Nepal

In Nepal, Oxfam works closely with local and national authorities to improve the sustainability of water supply schemes through a public-private partnership approach. This work has also influenced the project design of a safe water programme funded by the Foundation.

Inauguration of the AU Wireless Transceiver Lab

It was time for celebration when Professor Domenico Zito was finally able to open Aarhus University's new Wireless Transceiver Research Lab after two intense years of preparations. The lab lays an important foundation for development of excellent research and education within wireless technology.

2018 in review

The year 2018 was a deep dive into the Foundation's strategy and its primary purpose as a responsible owner of the Grundfos Group: In particular, the Foundation Board discussed how to manage the active ownership and how to manage the liquid assets in the best way.

66,000 now have access to safe water in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp

Two solar powered water systems are now in operation and delivering water to 66,000 refugees in the large refugee settlement in Western Tanzania. Automatic chlorination has also be put in place to ensure improved health in the camp.

How tapping the sun is transforming lives in Mozambique

WaterAid and the Poul Due Jensen Foundation are going the very last mile to help communities gain access to water in rural Mozambique. Tropene is the first community to benefit from access to clean and safe water. Photo: WaterAid/Arao José Valoi