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The Stenbeck Foundation was founded in 1962 by Hugo Stenbeck. We support bold voices, ideas and actions that contribute to improving the situation for the most vulnerable children in Sweden and to promoting child and youth participation.
The foundation provides financial support to innovative civil society organisations and initiatives. In addition, we initiate special projects with the aim of improving the situation for the most vulnerable children in Sweden and of empowering children and youth to influence their own lives and the world around them.
Over the past decade, the Stenbeck Foundation has supported hundreds of organizations and individuals in Swedish civil society. The foundation is also a co-founder of Reach for Change, which supports social entrepreneurs who fight to make the world better for children, and a founder of the Youth 2030 Movement, a movement to strengthen young people's participation and influence in society.
Sara Damber is one of Sweden's most prominent social entrepreneurs. In 1997, she founded Friends, the largest organisation in Scandinavia working against bullying and discrimination in schools. A little more than 10 years later, she teamed up with international investment group Kinnevik to create Reach for Change, an organisation that provides support to social entrepreneurs across the world who fight to make life better for children. To date, Reach for Change has supported more than 1,000 social entrepreneurs in 18 countries on three continents.
In parallel to her career as a social entrepreneur and a founder, Sara has led a number of change management projects within the government and public institutions on local, regional and national level. Besides working as CEO at the Stenbeck Foundation, Sara is the Chairman of the Board for Child 10, Friends and Youth 2030 Movement, as well as a Board Member for Järvaskolan.
Marica has broad experience from sustainability work across different sectors in society. In 2016, she founded the Tillsammans Cup (Together Cup), a national Swedish festival to promote integration and inclusion. Previously she has worked in the Kinnevik group and at the Swedish Royal Family Foundation's Global Child Forum.
Chairman of the Board
Sophie is an active investor and a dedicated philanthropist. She is the founder of the SEA Foundation, which makes early investments in health, environmental and education companies, and a co-founder of Imperative, a company that creates a more meaningful and human working life.
Through her private foundation, the Sophie Stenbeck Family Foundation, Sophie supports initiatives that prevent human trafficking and strengthen the rights of children. She is also a co-founder of the Child 10 foundation and a co-founding board member of the Swedish Queen's World Childhood Foundation.
In addition to her role as chairman of the board of the Stenbeck Foundation, Sophie is an active board member of investment fund Max Ventures and media company Penske Media Corporation.
Board member and CFO
Johan Stenman has worked in the Kinnevik group for more than 50 years, and has vast experience from finance positions in a great number of companies. Johan has a strong passion for entrepreneurship as a means to challenge existing structures and to fight exclusion and injustice. As a board member, Johan is also responsible for the foundation's administration.
Hugo Stenbeck has a lifelong commitment to ice hockey, and he has invested in several Swedish sports clubs over the years, including Malmö Redhawks and IK Pantern. As part of his commitment to sports, Hugo has initiated and run philanthropic initiatives with the aim of improving the situation for young people in southern Sweden. Hugo is a member of the board of the Stenbeck Foundation since 2018.
Eric is an entrepreneur with several years of experience from the media industry, and a passion for creating engaging stories and user experiences. Currently, Eric is the Global Communications and Marketing Manager at the Norrsken Foundation. Previously, he has worked as editor-in-chief and vice president of newspapers Metro and Shortcut, and as head of DN Stockholm. Eric is also a board member and former chairman of Sweden's largest sports club - AlK Fotboll. At the Stenbeck Foundation, Eric is a board member since 2018.