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“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?
Our passion is to showcase our unique Norwegian heritage to wider audiences
The Sons of Norway Foundation awards 25 college scholarships each year • There are six 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 3 Arianna Wendt Norge 3-337 $1,000 Astrid Cates Kristen Fawcett Washington 3-888 $1,000 Astrid Cates 2013-2014 Grants awarded in D 3 3 Local Lodge Partnership Grant totaling $700 For Syttende Mai celebration, Scandinavian Days, Norwegian language classes And Stoughton Nordic Dancers tour. 2 Helping Hands to Children Grants totaling $450 For Adopt A School programs 3 General Heritage & Culture Grants totaling $750 For written history project, lodge anniversary party, cultural skills classes $3,900
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
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 provide humanitarian support to Sons of Norway members who are victims of natural disasters.Since 1997, the Sons of Norway Foundation Humanitarian Fund has awarded over $521,000 9 families on the East Coast received these grants in 2012 following Hurricane Sandy
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
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.
Why plan Charitable Giving? Because if you don’t plan, your state will plan for you. “We make a living by what we make, We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill “
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.
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.
You may 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 is given from insurance operations for the programming you have come to expect as a 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, have been responsible for 85% of the Foundation’s $6.1 M in assets? These gifts include stock transfers, IRA roll overs, gifts by will or charitable trust and life insurance 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 questionsare treated confidentially.Cindy Olson at 612- 821- firstname.lastname@example.org