Savings Bank Foundation DNB

The cultural and innovation house of Sentralen is owned and funded by the Savings Bank Foundation DNB.

The Savings Bank Foundation DNB is an independent foundation that grants funding to charitable causes. The foundation owns just under 10 per cent of the shares in DNB. It is the dividends from these shares that are used to fund a range of projects for the public benefit.

In December 2007, the Savings Bank Foundation DNB bought Øvre Slottsgate 3 and Tollbugata 30. The buildings are linked, and functioned as a bank for over a hundred years, from 1901 as the head office of Christiania Sparebank, and as the DNB office until 2014. These historic buildings in the heart of the grid have been renovated and are now home to the cultural and innovation house of Sentralen.

The vision of Savings Bank Foundation DNB is ‘we release positive forces’. The Foundation wants to contribute to a society which will have more creative, active and responsible people, and particularly supports projects that create commitment, involve volunteers and make a positive contribution to children and young people.

The Savings Bank Foundation DNB was established by Gjensidige NOR Sparebank in 2002, in order to maintain the tradition of the savings bank to spend part of its profits on projects that would benefit the local community. This tradition of donating can be traced back to Christiania Sparebank, which funded projects including the entire centre section of the National Gallery when it was built in 1881. 

Since it was established, the Foundation has given almost NOK 2.5 billion to charitable causes.