In 2015, the Oticon Foundation made numerous donations to social, cultural and scientific projects, totalling almost DKK 102 million. According to the objects clause of the deed of foundation, the alleviation of hearing loss must be the Foundation’s primary focus area. In 2015, DKK 55 million was thus donated to educational institutions and research projects in the field of audiology.
The Oticon Foundation also supported global initiatives and among these a project aimed at strengthening and supporting the development of audiological knowledge and services in China. The Foundation donated DKK 1.2 million to support the establishment of a mobile hearing clinic to reach rural areas of China with no or little access to hearing care.
The Oticon Foundation also supports broader causes through donations to special social projects, such as fundraising for humanitarian organisations within poverty relief (the Denmark Collection), disease research, specifically cancer (Cure for Cancer) and children’s helpline (the Children’s Collection) – all arranged by Danish TV channels and broadcast as large TV shows.
The Oticon Foundation supported the publishing of the book Tal til mig nu (“Talk to me now”), written by a Danish mother of a child with a severe hearing loss to help other parents cope in the difficult period after their child has been diagnosed with a hearing loss.