The Lotta-Svärd Association become organised at the national level in the early 1920s. Over the decades, the association developed into a women’s voluntary civil defence organization with social significance. The civil defence work of the Lotta-Svärd Association comprised versatile relief and aid work for both the Finnish Defence Forces and the civilian population. At best, the organization had 240,000 members, including around 50,000 Junior Lottas aged 8−17.
The Lotta Organization was disbanded in the autumn of 1944, under the conditions of the Moscow Armistice. That same autumn, the Finnish Women’s Aid Foundation was founded to continue the relief and aid work of the Lotta Organization. Its task was to provide care and assistance to women and children who faced hardships, due to war or a crisis, or their consequences. In particular, the Finnish Women’s Aid Foundation focused on helping the women returning from Lotta duties in the war zone.
In 2004, the Finnish Women’s Aid Foundation was renamed the Lotta Svärd Foundation. In its time, the Lotta Organization focused on social aid and relief work, and the Lotta Svärd Foundation continues on that path even today. The purpose of social responsibility at the Lotta Svärd Foundation today and in the future, is to promote caring, support those in need of support, and provide a channel for doing good, while respecting the work and values of the Lotta organization and its members.