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Capital Campaign News: Scan|Design Foundation Re-Commits to SHF!

We have a new challenge grant. The Trustees of the Seattle-based Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun awarded the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation a second capital grant to help us build the Scandinavian American Cultural and Community Center!

Thanks to this generous recommitment from the Scan|Design Foundation, we can again offer you the opportunity to double your investment in your Cultural Center.

We received the good news from Mark Schleck, Executive Director of the Scan|Design Foundation in early December. If you remember, Scan|Design’s first grant to SHF was for $250,000. It was a matching challenge grant, just as this new grant is, and our community had two years to meet the match, which many of you helped us do – Thank You. With this new grant your gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000.

Scan|Design Foundation is now our largest foundation donor. They richly deserve the great visibility they will have in our building by choosing the Great Hall as their donor recognition opportunity.

As I write this, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is still going on – this year SHF was again able to sponsor several films, with the following partners: Scan|Design Foundation, New Sweden, Finlandia Foundation, the Icelandic National League of North America, and Les Swanson, Icelandic Honorary Consul of Oregon.

Partnerships are crucial to our cultural offerings. Back in 2008, a generous patron helped us sponsor several PIFF movies – theme in 2008 was “Mighty Strong Stuff”. In the March – May issue of our Newsletter 2008 I wrote about the need for patience in an article entitled “Dreams and Perseverance”. The article was inspired by a movie shown that year: “The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun” by the downturn in the economy and the slow-down in philanthropic giving – I urged perspective and not giving up on our dream. Our Foundation partner, Scan|Design Foundation, came through for us during the poor economic times and helped kickstart the capital campaign again.

Things are different now, we have come a long way, and I urge participation! Interestingly, the motto for this year’s PIFF is “Look the World in the Eye!” and the movie that inspired participation had a superhero main character! We have everything we need to begin construction except sufficient financial strength. We need philanthropic superheroes to reach our ambitious goal this spring. Won’t you commit or re-commit to give? We need to match the $100,000 grant AND raise an additional $300,000 at a minimum to begin construction this summer.

How can you help? Pledges over 3-5 years as well as cash gifts are welcome! The bulldozers are waiting – permit in hand.

by Aase Beaulieu, Development Director


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