The Oticon Foundation in New Zealand was established
in October 1976. It is a charitable trust of Oticon New Zealand
Limited which was formed a year earlier.
company was first established in Denmark in 1904 by Hans Demant.
He was driven by the desire to help his wife and others with similar
hearing problems to lead a better life. Today Oticon is the world's
oldest hearing aid manufacturer.
The Oticon Foundation in Denmark, established
by Hans Demant's son William, became the world's first charitable
foundation focusing on hearing impairment. The humanistic philosophy
of the original founder has been the underlying principle at Oticon
for more than 100 years.
In New Zealand, income generated from the Foundation's investments is distributed to groups and organizations seeking financial support for projects that benefit the hearing impaired.
Grants are allocated annually and each application
is evaluated by the Trustees.
here to view The Oticon Foundation in New Zealand Brochure
The New Zealand
The Oticon Foundation in New Zealand is managed by a board of trustees.
Each year, the Trustees call for applications and distribute grants
to selected projects via the Secretary.
The Oticon Foundation Trustees: Graeme Hall (Chairman), Tim Olphert (Retired), Karen Pullar (Secretary to the Trustees), David Underwood (Retired).