Knut Brundtland founded Voss Foundation in 2008 after a trip to Africa where he saw firsthand the magnitude of the global water crisis.
As then-CEO of VOSS of Norway ASA, producer of one of the purest artesian bottled waters in the world, Knut felt he had a responsibility to provide access to clean drinking water to those in need and raise awareness of their plight. With the support of VOSS co-founder, Ole Christian Sandberg, and the VOSS of Norway, ASA Board of Directors, Voss Foundation was incorporated in New York as an independent 501(c)(3) public charity with a commitment to excellence.
Though Knut has since passed the baton at VOSS Water, his successor remains committed to Voss Foundation:
“VOSS water is honored to be associated with Voss Foundation and its vital work saving and changing lives in Africa. We remain devoted to the mission and are proud to continue our support of Voss Foundation,” says VOSS Group CEO Jack Belsito.
Voss Foundation is grateful for the generosity of Knut, Jack, and the Boards of Directors of VOSS Water and Voss Foundation. With the help of these visionaries and other partners, Voss Foundation is able to provide access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa and raise awareness of the ongoing need in the region.
Since 2008, we have helped to meet these needs through an approach that ensures local ownership and long-term sustainability through partnerships with trusted organizations on the ground, use of appropriate technology, and through systems that assess the multiple water requirements of a community. “Water is life,” says our Executive Director, Kara Gerson. “Just like a drop creates ripples, we believe that clean water is the foundation for development – change starts with a drop. Providing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene creates a ripple effect in a community, enabling people to improve their own lives.”
Learn about Voss Foundation’s Ripple Effect. As our President, Knut, says, “The availability of clean water in a village makes the village grow… it is an engine for growth.”