Allendorf, Germany – The Viessmann Foundation donated a total of €5 million, or over $7 million, in December, with more than half of the money going towards aid projects that support children and families in and from Ukraine.
“The situation in Ukraine affects us all,” says Maximilian Viessmann, CEO of the Viessmann Group. “As a family business with family members in and from Ukraine, we are sending a clear signal of social responsibility to those who need our help and solidarity most urgently this winter. Therefore, the majority of our historic donation of a total of five million euros via the Viessmann Foundation supports children and families in and from Ukraine, who particularly suffer from the consequences of this cruel war during the cold season.”
Two million euros will be donated in the first quarter of 2023 to three major organizations focused on families in need from Ukraine. The following projects will receive donations:
- Aktion Deutschland hilft: The “Donating heat” project helps people in Ukraine to winter-proof their homes, according to Viessmann. The project also provides generators and power stations to generate electricity.
- Unicef: Access to continuous learning for children in Ukraine with home learning kits.
- Save the Children: Children’s emergency fund for support and Ukraine emergency aid in Germany.
An additional €2 million will be distributed to the national companies of the Viessmann Group according to the number of employees. Each country receives at least €2,500 to support local organizations.
The majority of the remaining €1 million euros was already donated by Viessmann employees and the company in spring to support Ukrainian families affected by the war. The donations went to local initiatives that supported Ukrainians as they left their country, as well as to organizations for integration assistance and reconstruction. The remaining amount is reserved for further reconstruction aid in Ukraine.
The Viessmann Foundation was established in 2020 and works with internal and external partners on regional and international projects on the topics of sustainable living spaces and generations to come, and pursues the approach of bringing out the best in all of us, according to Viessmann.