AMERICAN-SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION

aka ASF   |   New York, NY   |  www.amscan.org

Mission

The American-Scandinavian Foundation promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Ruling year info

1920

Principal Officer

Edward P. Gallagher

Main address

58 Park Ave

New York, NY 10016 USA

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EIN

13-1623897

NTEE code info

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

IRS filing requirement

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Educational and Cultural Programming

In October 2000, The American-Scandinavian Foundation opened Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America. This permanent Park Avenue venue for educational and cultural programming is also a showplace of modern Scandinavian design. Scandinavia House has established itself as a destination for New Yorkers, tourists, Scandinavians, and museum enthusiasts.  Home of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, it houses staff working on the cultural programming and activities as well as fellowships and grants, trainee placements, publishing, and membership offerings.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

In 2017, American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) initiated a new program to support Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest (defined as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Broadly defined, folk arts are expression of community identity and values. They are cultivated informally among individuals by word of mouth or examples. Whether practicing a traditional craft, art, technical or occupational skill; performing music or dance; or marking important moments of life or the year with special foods or customs, folk arts are deeply rooted in community life and foster human creativity.

ASF is committed to celebrating and preserving Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden) culture throughout the United States. By supporting folk arts and traditional cultures in the Upper Midwest, in particular, ASF recognizes and celebrates the mastery of individual artists or practitioners, facilitates the cultivation of skills and understanding among younger generations, brings greater visibility to Scandinavian arts and traditions, and highlights the centrality of cultural expression to all of our lives.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
People of European descent

Where we work

Financials

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AMERICAN-SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 9/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Daphne Davidson

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Eugene Kokot

Roger Anderson

Hamilton Capital Partners

Christina Assael

The Assael Foundation

Victor Borge

Film Director

Anders Brag

GARB Holdings, LLC

Bard Bunaes

Global Reinsurance Company of America

Grant Callow

Law Office of William Grant Callow; Honorary Danish Consul for Alaska

Alpo Crane

Private Investor

David Dangoor

Innoventive Partners LLC; Hon. Consul General of Sweden in New York

Anders Ekernas

Hillswick Asset Management

Inger Elliott

IME/LTD

Edward Elson

US Ambassador to Denmark, 1993-1998

Michael Feirstein

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Aili Flint

Columbia University

Bente Frantz

no affiliation

Edward Gallagher

The American-Scandinavian Foundation

Inger Ginsberg

no affiliation

Magnus Gustafsson

Atlantika, Inc.

Monika Heimbold

The Heimbold Foundation

Lena Kaplan

The American-Scandinavian Foundation

Eugene Kokot

Katsky Korins LLP

John Loeb

John L. Loeb, Jr. Associates, Inc.; US Ambassador to Denmark 1981-1983

Helen Marx

Honorary Consul for Finland, New Jersey

Michael Mathews

Westgate Capital Co.

Linda Nordberg

The Katonah Museum of Art

Olafur Olafsson

Time Warner Digital Media

Lyndon Olson

US Ambassador to Sweden 1997-2001

Barbro Osher

Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; Honorary Consul General of Sweden in San Fransicso

Steven Peri

Attorney in Private Practice

Kristjan Ragnarsson

Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Bernt Reitan

Alcoa

James Stewart

no affiliation

Lise Stolt-Nielsen

no affiliation

Inger Tallaksen

Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce

Thor Thors

US Trust Company

Liv Ullmann

Actor/Director

Arthur Zeckendorf

Brown Harris Stevens Group LLC

Charles Anderson

SKULD North America, Inc.

Daphne Davidson

Attorney in Private Practice; Vice Chair of Scandinavian Seminar

Paul Halme

The Paloheimo Foundation

Anders Iversen

Danske Markets

Asbjorn Lunde

No affiliation

Agnes Turner

Maria B. Campbell Associates

Henrik Steffensen

Nordea Bank

Chuck Barbo

Catalyst Storage Partners LLC

Siggi Hilmarsson

Siggi's Dairy

Ragnar Meyer-Knutsen

Sealift, Inc.

Giacomo Landi

DNB Bank

Lennard Rambusch

Holland & Knight

Trond Jensen

Chestnut Hill Farms

Carl Gustaf Ehrnrooth

Geveles AB

Christopher Kelly

Holland & Knight

Marcus Siezing

Dillon Trust Company

Tomas Mar Sigurdsson

Alcoa Global Primary Products

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No