About the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation

The A.P. Moller Foundation is a Danish philanthropic commercial foundation. It was established in 1953 by Mr. A.P. Møller with the support of his children in order to safeguard the long-term viability of the A.P. Moller Group and the adherence of the core values and principles. The Foundation is named after Mr. A.P. Møller and his American wife Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller.

In accordance with Danish law the A.P. Moller Foundation operates independently of any other interests than those described in the Foundation’s statues.

The A.P. Moller Foundation’s donations are based on Mr. A.P. Møller’s legacy and matters of particular importance to him. All donations are philanthropic and for the common good and focused within the following overarching themes according to the trust deed:

  • Danish language and culture in the Danish-German borderlands
  • Cohesion within the Nordic Countries
  • Danish shipping and industry
  • Science and research – with an emphasis on medical science
  • Causes for the common good – including education, research, social purposes, conservation of buildings of cultural and historical value

The Foundation supports projects of all sizes in Denmark, Southern Schleswig, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. It initiates some projects, but generally supports good ideas, industriousness and collaboration with relevant stakeholders. All projects must be of high quality.

Read about selected projects supported by the Foundation (only available in Danish)

The A.P. Moller Relief Foundation
Mr. A.P. Møller established numerous foundations in his life of which the A.P. Moller Foundation is the largest. One of the other foundations is The A.P. Moller Relief Foundation. The objects of this Foundation are to support charitable and non-profit projects which the Board of Trustees may deem suitable and qualified for support and to extend support to persons who are or have been employed in the enterprises in the A.P. Moller Group, and to widows or children of such persons.

Read more about The A.P. Moller Relief Foundation (only available in Danish)

The Foundation and A.P. Moller Holding A/S
In 2013 A.P. Moller Holding was established. It is vital for the A.P. Moller Foundation and A.P. Moller Holding to have a positive impact on society and develop ‘nyttig virksomhed’ in the spirit of Mr. A.P. Møller. A.P. Moller Holding are engaged long-term owners, focusing on renewing and expanding the Group of industry leading companies. The activities in A.P. Moller Holding ensures that the Foundation can contribute to society with donations for generations to come.

The Foundation owns 100% of the shares in A.P. Moller Holding A/S, which owns 41.51% of the stock and holds 51.45% of the voting rights in A.P. Moller – Mærsk A/S.

Read more about A.P. Moller Holding.


The A.P. Moller Foundation receives 1600 applications annually and supports approximately 500 projects every year.

The size of the grants may vary from year to year. From 2017 to 2022, the Foundation granted support for the total sum of DKK 5 bn.