“The Sons of Norway Foundation awards scholarships and grants to promote the heritage and culture of Norway and provides assistance to our members, lodges and their communities” Mission Statement
Sons of Norway is a life insurance company that offers fraternal programs to its stakeholders, you. The Foundation supports the fraternal programs through grants to our lodges & their communities and awards scholarships to our youth. How does the Foundation fit into Sons of Norway?
The Sons of Norway Foundation awards 22-26 college scholarships each year • There are several different categories of scholarships for different areas of study • 200 heritage camp scholarships are awarded from the Foundation’s Draxten Fund in our US Districts Piggy goes to Camp campaign • Ski For Light receives a scholarship from the Foundation for first time attendees
Our passion is continuing the Norwegian-American value of higher education as a means to success “I learned more about music than I could have ever imagined. I am so grateful to have had such an incredible year, and I know that I am a different and better person because of it. I had a wonderful experience that I will never forget.” Anya Anya Zach Tronvold Folk High School Scholarship Recipient
2013-2014 Scholarships awarded in D # 1 Recipient Lodge Award Specific scholarship Hannah Hindt Nordskogen 1-626 $1,000 Astrid Cates Ellen Ahlness Elvesvingen 1-582 $3,000 Myrtle Beinhauer Hannah Stonewall Restauration 1-548 $16,515 Nancy Lorraine Jensen Jon Erik Haines Vonheim 1-108 $1,500 Lund Fund Claire Keller Synnove- Nordkap 1-008 $1,000 King Olav V Maria Stolen Elvesvingen 1-582 $1,000 King Olav V Allura Lothary Marsteinen 1-596 $1,000 Astrid Cates Ted Deitz Nordskogen 1-626 $3,000 Myrtle Beinhauer Daisy Bower Storelva 1-665 $17,425 Nancy Lorraine Jensen Daisy Bower Storelva 1-665 $18,285 Nancy Lorraine Jensen Total $62,725
Grants “ Knowing that the Sons of Norway Foundation is supporting our lodge and community has made gaining the support of local volunteers and Parks and Recreation possible. Our lodge and Sons of Norway will be recognized as the fraternal organization that truly cares about our traditions and community.” Tom Arnold, Chairman
2013-2014 Grants Awarded to D # 1 8 Local Lodge Partnership grants totaling $1,775 For Norwegian themed programming in lodges and communities , festival participation and audio-visual equipment. 21 General Heritage & Culture Grants totaling$10,460 Funding for Norwegian artisans, traveling exhibits, festival sponsorships, musical performances, art installations and other community-wide participation. 7 Helping Hands to Children Grants totaling$1,975 To help lodges connect with the next generation by offering Nordic themed Programming in schools, ski races, folk dancing instruction, arts and crafts. 36 opportunities created by Sons of Norway Foundation funding. $14,210
Grants Norwegian Everyday Bunad Class “Thank you so much for the General Heritage and Culture Grant to Fjelldal Lodge. We had so much fun getting together and researching where our families came from and what bunads they would have worn.”
Our passion is to showcase our unique Norwegian heritage to wider audiences
Humanitarian Fund Since 1997, the Sons of Norway Foundation has awarded over $521,000 to help victims of natural disasters. • Since 2004, Helping Hands to Member Grantshave been awarded to Sons of Norway members who have lost their homes to floods, hurricanes, and tornados in Iowa, Florida, New Jersey, Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The latest grants were awarded to members on the East Coast due to Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and to familes in Colorado and Canadian members in Calgary after severe flooding in 2013.
What has Sons of Norway meant to you? Your charitable gifts will ensure that future generations of Sons of Norway members will have the opportunity to study both past and present Nordic culture through: • scholarships to heritage camps • study-abroadscholarships and • other college scholarships. You can make a difference with your donations
Have you considered a planned gift to the Sons of Norway Foundation? We would love the chance to say thank you and to know which part of the Foundation mission you want the gift to support. Scholarship – Grants - Humanitarian
Why plan Charitable Giving? “We make a living by what we make, We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill Because if you don’t plan, your state will plan for you. “
Is it difficult to add Charitable Giving to my plans? No. It can be surprisingly easy. Imagine the peace of mind you will feel from having all your plans spelled out. Your survivors will thank you.
Charitable Giving Strategies Did you know that your lodge Financial Benefits Counselor can help you strategize to maximize your charitable giving dollar? They offer free financial checkups to Sons of Norway members.
Common gifting options Gifts by Willor Revocable Trust – Appreciated Stock – IRA distributions – Gifts of cash – Life insurance& annuities – Your financial advisor will help you determine what gifting tools are best for you.
Accomplish 4 Gifts In One Using Sons of Norway Life insurance & annuities
Reason One Reason one Help Your Cause Magnify your gift with Sons of Norway Life Insurance. A small tax deductible gift monthly or annually, or a single tax deductible gift, greatly magnifies your gift to your charity at the time of your death.
Reason twoHelp Your Lodge Lodge Revenue Sharing Use Sons of Norway Life Insurance as a gifting option and a portion of your premium is returned to your lodge.
Reason three Help Sons of Norway Every year over $1 million in profits from insurance operations are dedicated to the programs you have come to expect as a Sons of Norway member.
Reason four Help Yourself Tax and income advantages of gifting You’ve taken care of your favorite charity through your Charitable Giving, this gift is for you. The IRS allows you to deduct your Charitable Gift.
Did you know that you may establish a named scholarship or grant by donating $100,000 or more? “Do your givin’ while you are livin’, so you are knowin’ where it’s goin’ ” Ann Landers Do you share our passion?
Did you know that “Legacy Gift Donations”, gifts of $5,000 or more, from gifts by will, by life insurance, by appreciated stock and other types of gifting tools, have been responsible for 85% of the current $6,100,000 in Foundation assets? We invite you to become aFoundation “Legacy Gift” donor
We thank you Your charitable donations to our scholarship funds are making educational dreams come true for our youth. Your donations to our grant funds are allowing lodges to offer quality programs to our communities.
You are making a difference Every donation is appreciated and used to advance our mission • Memorial donations to honor lodge members • On-line donations at www.sonsofnorway.com/foundation • Foundation month fundraisers • Including a donation in with your annual dues • Pass the Piggy at your local lodge meeting • Legacy gift donations
Cindy Olson, Sons of Norway Foundation Director, and your local lodge Financial Benefits Counselor, are ready to assist you with charitable giving options.All inquiries are strictly confidential.Cindy Olson at 612- 821- firstname.lastname@example.org