Laerdal Foundation was established in 1980 by Åsmund S. Lærdal, in collaboration with the University of Oslo, by an original donation of NOK 10 mill from Laerdal Medical. As a results of continued donations from Laerdal Medical and the Laerdal families, as well as proceeds from fund management, the value adjusted capital of the foundation amounts to about NOK 450 mill end 2015. The level of annual appropriations for each of the years 2016 – 2020 is expected to be approx. NOK 30 mill (USD 4 mill).
Until now the Foundation, together with a sister foundation in the US, has provided financial support to about 1600 projects totalling about NOK 300 mill (USD 37 mill), including:
- Full or partial support for the completion of over 100 PhD degrees in Scandinavia.
- Partial financing of professorships in acute medicine at the Universities in Oslo, Stavanger and Cardiff (discontinued)
- Support of 26 Utstein meetings
- Support of the Asmund S. Laerdal memorial lecture at the annual meetings of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SSCM) in the USA and the biannual meeting of the Scandinavian Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (SSAI)
- Support to the establishment of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR)
- Support to the establishment of the A Call to Establish a Global Resuscitation Alliance, 2016
- Support to the development, validation and implementation of the Helping Babies Survive and Helping Mothers Survive education programs for Saving Lives at Birth