Sons of Norway Foundation “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 “Making the Connection”
Connecting lodges to culture Sons of Norway Foundation offerings include: • Local Lodge Partnership Grants • General Heritage & Culture Grants • Helping Hands to Children Grants
Local Lodge Partnership Grants Specifically designed to help lodges connect with their members to: • Offer quality programming • Provide materials for independent study • Celebrate successes
2010-2011 Grants awarded in D #5 Local Lodge Partnership Grants • Fagerness 5-616 Fall Harvest Dance $200 • Viking 5-625 “A Taste of Norway” $250 • Mandt 5-314 Norwegian Organizations mtg $350 Helping Hands to Children Grants • Mandt 5-314 Summer Rosemaling for Children $350
Helping Hands to Children Grants • Helping Hands to Children Grants are designed to help lodges increase membership and bring in the next generation. • Adopt A School programs, Project Framtid activities, Barnas Norsk Klubb, Barnelopets, orienteering and other children’s Norwegian heritage & language programming qualify to receive these matching funds grants up to $500.
General Heritage & Culture Grants Deadline for application is April 1st These grants are designed to encourage quality Norwegian themed programming to wider audiences throughout the country and to provide a venue for group cross-cultural experiences.
General Heritage & Culture Grants Examples may include: • Theatre productions - Ibsen • Musical performances- Grieg • Sponsor art exhibits in museums • Cross-cultural exchange of musicians, bands, orchestras • Folk Dance tours • Community Fair participations by lodges • Beyond the scope of lodge only events
Helping Hands to Member Grants • The Sons of Norway Foundation awards $1,000, Helping Hands to Member Grantsto current Sons of Norway members who lose their home to natural disasters including floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and wild fires. • In 2011 we are awarding 39 Helping Hands to Member Grants totaling $39,000 to victims of the June, 2011 flooding of the Souris River in Minot, ND. • Your donations to the Humanitarian Fund keep this fund ready to assist our members in times of natural disasters
2009-2010 Grants awarded in D #5 General Heritage & Culture Grants • Naeseth Library Advance Genealogy in Texas $500 • Valhall 5-168 Norwegian Community Garden $600 • Ashville Viking Festival Ashville, Ohio $300 • Edvard Grieg 5-657 ED Audio-Visual $300 • Norwegian Glee Club tour to Madison, WI $300 • D #5 Masse Moro Children’s heritage camp, language books $750 • Skjold 5-100 Heritage Fest $200 • Leer Church Heritage Center, Posen, MI $500 • Valkyrien5-053 Ausio-Visual Equipment $300 • Lorrainr Straw Viking Ship presentation , Midwest Tour $275 14 Grants awarded in D #5 for a total of $5,175
How do you apply? • Go to the Foundation section of the Sons of Norway website at www.sonsofnorway.com, click on Foundation, then, click on grants and scroll to the grant of your choice. All qualifying information and the actual application are there to download or copy. • Beginning in 2012 you will be able to complete the application on-line. • Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have while filling out the application. Please make sure contact information is reachable during business hours, 8 AM – 5 PM. • Mail signed application at least one week prior to deadline to: Sons of Norway Foundation 1455 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408-2666 Scholarships and Grants are awarded only once each year. Deadlines are firm.
How many requests are funded? • Our Foundation is currently at $4,300,000. We award between $25,000 - $30,000 in 70+ grants each year. • Unfortunately, not all requests receive funding. This does not mean the event isn’t worthy of funding. It means we have a limited amount of funds available each year. We try to give enough to be meaningful to as many requests as possible. • Go the Foundation section of the Sons of Norway website to view the grants awarded in 2011. This may give you ideas on how a grant may help your lodge.
How many scholarships are awarded? • We receive approximately 125 scholarship applications each year. • We award between 23 and 27. • One in four qualified applicants receive funding, or 25%.
Scholarships available Our Foundation offers six distinct categories of scholarships: • Astrid Cates/MyrtleBeinhauer scholarships, offered in tandem. Six $1,000 Cates scholarships and two $3,000 Beinhauer scholarships are awarded each year for current Sons of Norway children or grandchildren to attend post high school at accredited schools of higher learning. • King Olav V Norwegian-American scholarships, HRM King Olav V allowed the Sons of Norway Foundation to use his name in establishing a fund to promote cultural exchange between Norway and the United States. The fund welcomes applications from American students 18 and older wishing to pursue the study of Norwegian topics or Norwegian students wishing to study American topics. Typically 7-8 students receives scholarships from $1,000-$2,000 each year. To date, 276 of these scholarship have been awarded for over $250,000.
Scholarships available • Nancy Lorraine Jensen Memorial scholarships are offered to current Sons of Norway members, children or grandchildren of Sons of Norway members between 17-35 years of age majoring in chemistry or physics, or in chemical, electrical or mechanical engineering. This scholarship honors the remarkable daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur S Jensen, Nancy, who was a celebrated NASA aerospace engineer/chemist. • Oslo Summer Schoolscholarships, two $1500 scholarships, one from the Sons of Norway Foundation and one from the International Board of Directors of Sons of Norway, are offered each year to current Sons of Norway members, children or grandchildren of members to attend Oslo Summer School at the University of Oslo for a six week summer course. • Helen Tronvold Norwegian Folk High School scholarships, up to three, $2000 scholarships are awarded each year for American students to study, from August to May, at one of Norway’s seventy specialty Folk High Schools.
Lund Fund Scholarship • New to Foundation offerings in 2011, the Lund Fund Scholarship was established in 2010 to honor former Sons of Norway CEO John Lund and Allan Lund, former Legal Counsel • The purpose of this scholarship is to offer one $1,500 scholarship to a current Sons of Norway member, child or grandchild of a current member, the opportunity to study abroad in accredited programs in the country of there choice. All six Sons of Norway Foundation Scholarships are great member benefits. Have your college-aged students check these out on-line.
2010-2011 scholarships awarded in D #5 Astrid Cates Scholarship: • Scott Comer 5-999 $1,000 • Kate Heller Norse Valley 5-491 $1,000 Myrtle Beinhauer Scholarship • Tyler Klinfus Fagerness 5-616 $3,000 Helen Tronvold Folk High School Scholarship: • Sigrid Arneson Mandt 5-314 $2,000: King Olav V Norwegian-American Scholarship: • Julie Dahl Wergeland 5-028 $1,160 Draxten Funds for Heritage Camp Scholarships: • 2010 $1,178 • 2011 $1,094 Scholarships and Draxten Funds totaling $9,432
District # 5 awards In 2010 and 2011 District # 5 has received $14,607 in scholarships and grants from the Sons of Norway Foundation
Creating opportunities • Has your lodge received a grant? If so, why not do a fundraiser for the Foundation so that another lodge may have the same opportunity? • Has your lodge had a scholarship recipient? Help the next student with a lodge donation to one of our scholarship funds.
You can help us grow • Your Sons of Norway Foundation has grown from it’s humble roots in 1966, to offering four grant opportunities and six scholarship categories in 2011. • We receive over 100 requests for our grants each year. We are able to fund approximately 70-75 of these requests with partial funding.
Lodges may help • Support October as “Foundation Month” with a fund raiser in your lodge • Designate memorial donations to the Heritage & Culture Fund of the Foundation • Pass the Piggy at each lodge meeting
Members may help • Consider adding a “Gift by Will” to your estate plans. This only takes a few paragraphs added to your current will. • Give annually when you renewyour Sons of Norway dues. • Give on-line on our secure site. • We are a 501 c (3) charity. Your donations are eligible for tax deduction.
“Making the connection” • Connecting you to your Norwegian heritage • Connecting your lodge to programming • Connecting your lodge to your community
Sons of Norway Financial Fraternal & Foundation are working in concert to make your Sons of Norway experience the best it can be. www.sonsofnorway.com/foundation