Ways to Support the ASF Key Initiatives
DIRECTED GIVING PROGRAM
There are many ways to help support the Foundation's work; membership, attending events and also through donations to our programs. Your support of The American-Scottish Foundation's work is greatly appreciated. The mission of the Foundation remains as it was when founded in 1956 by Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton: to be a bridge between the United States and Scotland, dedicated to bringing the two countries closer together and helping foster and expand cultural, educational and business ties between them.
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GENERAL FUNDING OF THE ONGOING WORK OF THE AMERICAN-SCOTTISH FOUNDATION®
The Foundation continues to focus its programming efforts on certain strategic areas, reinforcing the philanthropic, educational and business links between the United States and Scotland, as well as perpetuating such celebrated elements of Scottish culture in the US such as Burns Night, music in parks and artist performances. A donation to our general funding will work towards helping us maintain all our key programs.
LORD MALCOLM DOUGLAS-HAMILTON BURSARY, ARTS & EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The ASF educational programs further the founder's belief in the importance of empowering children's senses of discovery; helping stimulate, enable and motivate young students.
The ASF continues its support of the New York City Department of Parks, working with them on several projects including the John Muir Nature Trail at Van Cortlandt Park, which the ASF was instrumental in creating in 1997. Another project now underway is the Scottish plantings at Alexander Hamilton's home, the Grange, at St. Nicholas Park.
The ASF's community work is varied in scope. From being a founding members of the National Tartan Day New York Committee which organizes the Tartan Day Parade, to partnering with the Colonel's Fund of the Scots Guards and the Allied Forces Foundation in support of returning veterans, the ASF is developing many ways of reaching out to and connecting with the community. The ASF held a concert with the NY Police Museum as part of The September Concert series to thank the Lothian & Borders and InChorus choirs (100 voices strong) for helping to observe the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. The ASF held several community concerts throughout the year in NYC parks.
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION
Focusing on specific projects of restoration, exhibition or cultural events reflecting the heritage of Scotland, the ASF is working on many events that crisscross this important sector. The ASF is pleased to be partnering with The Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF), a British charity which is cataloguing the 30,000 publicly-owned oil paintings in Scotland, raising awareness and funding in the United States for this important and unique projects.
ARTS & CULTURE
The ASF is developing its involvement in Scottish arts, music and culture, as in its involvement with Nordoff Robbins and Creative Scotland bringing to New York 'Song of Return', winners of the Big Apple Tartan Clef Award, in April 2012.
In addition, the ASF was involved in other programming that was a focus of the Foundation's 55th Anniversary work in 2011.
GENERAL FUNDING FOR THE AMERICAN-SCOTTISH FOUNDATION® ENDOWMENT
In addition to our Directed Giving program there is also the opportunity to contribute a single gift or multi-year pledge through our Foundation's Endowment.
The ASF undertakes an extensive program of conferences, events and initiatives helping to foster American-Scottish business, heritage and friendship. Working with individuals and organizations, the ASF seeks to gain greater visibility for its programs – from a leading role in the Tartan Day Parade and week of events as a founding member of the Tartan Day Committee, to chairing leadership conferences and forums, to helping to support the work of individuals and projects through our Bursary Program . Amongst our partner charities and projects are the work of The Archie Foundation, The Alexander Robertson School, Scottish Waterways Trust and many other associated programs.
Your support is vital to the ASF's continuing work. Our Endowment is important to the long term security of the organization which in 2016 celebrateS its 60th Anniversary.
We would like to note some of the projects that with the help of the friends of The American-Scottish Foundation® we have been able to benefit.
Among the many groups, events and projects that have received our financial support are :
- The Band of Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards, together with The Pipes and Drums of 1st Battalion, Scots Guards visited New York in October 2001 as sign of unity between the United States and Britain
- The Dunblane Fund
- The Highland Fund
- The Burns Statue restoration in Central Park, NYC, in cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
- The creation of The John Muir Trail in Van Cortlandt Park, New York City, in cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation - which remains a key initiative of the ASF in 2010
- The Scots Guards Colonel's Fund Dinner in association with the ASF Wallace Award in 2009
- The Wallace Award Dinner spotlighting the work of the Scottish Community Foundation in 2011
- The Wallace Award Dinner spotlighting the work of the Archie Foundation in 2012
Contact The American-Scottish Foundation® at 212 605-0338 with any queries.