Velkommen til National Foundation for Danish America! This past year Karin Stehr Schoen Wasler of Los Angeles, Linda Steffensen and Katrine Vange of Chicago and I have worked to form this new organization. Many of you know us as active members of the Danish American community. Like you, we love our Danish heritage and want to preserve it, promote its rich culture, and pass it on to our families as well as the next generation. For years we have wanted a way for all Danish American organizations across the United States to connect and encourage those of Danish American heritage and interest to become more involved. Our goal is to help all Danish American organizations thrive.
One way we plan to do this is through our weekly email “What’s Happening in Danish America”. By subscribing to this free email, you receive periodic updates on coming events from nearly all Danish-American organizations, as well as some in Denmark. You will also be able to register for some of their events on our web site. This will benefit many local organizations through the saving of time as well as the accuracy and efficiency this convenience provides.
We also want to help local organizations with fundraising efforts. Operating as a clearinghouse, we will accept donations for various Danish-American organizations allowing contributors to receive an immediate tax deduction but still control how the funds are distributed to the organization of their choice. Through our website we will accept donations for organizations, making it easier for local organizations to administer a fund raising event. This capability has many possibilities.
We will provide other unique services when we see the opportunity. One example occurred last fall when we helped the University of Southern Denmark with a research project by facilitating a focus group for a study on the American knowledge of H.C. Andersen. Recently, we also helped facilitate Danish artist Suzanne Thea’s “Snapshots” exhibit at the Danish Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda. Always, we will look for unique and proactive ways to help the Danish American community. We encourage Danish American organizations to contact us about ways we can help with your projects.
Once again, Velkommen! Please take a look around our website. Remember to register for the weekly events email. We look forward to seeing all of you at future events as together we expand participation and enrich Danish culture and heritage!
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