Area served Norway
|Industry Holding company|
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Key people André Støylen (CEO)
Sparebankstiftelsen DNB is a Norwegian foundation. The foundation gives financial contributions to a wide range of charitable causes, and is the second largest shareholder of the financial services company DNB. The foundation's capital is a result of accumulated profits from the former savings banks which are now part of DNB. In addition to giving direct financial contributions, the Savings Bank Foundation invests in causes that benefit the general public. In 2005, they founded the instrument fund, Dextra Musica, with the aim to promote classical music. The fund owns a valuable collection of string instruments which have been placed at the disposal of Norwegian musicians. Furthermore, the foundation invests in fine art which is being exhibited at art museums in Norway. In 2016, the foundation opened Sentralen, a house for the performing arts and a gathering place for social and cultural innovation in the center of Oslo. The building originally served as the headquarters for Christiania Sparebank, which the Savings Bank Foundation DNB sprung out of. Sentralen contains several stages and production spaces as well as a restaurant and café.
The foundation was created when the two savings banks Sparebanken NOR (bank) and Gjensidige (insurance) merged to Gjensidige NOR and in 2002 became a public limited company and listed on Oslo Stock Exchange. The foundation was created to own part of the company to continue the tradition that the customers of savings bank's own part of the bank. When Gjensidige NOR merged with Den norske Bank in 2003 to form DnB NOR in 2003 the company retained an ownership in the newly created company.