The American-Scottish Foundation®

Edinburgh Castle in the spring

American-Scottish Foundation Members and Friends,

Welcome to our website where we look to keep you updated on the ASF, and our partners, news, our projects and events.
It has been a busy few months which began in January with our AGM and appointment of Kenneth Donnelly as Chairman of the Foundation, succeeding Alan Bain who now becomes Chairman Emeritus and remains on the Board.  Our 23rd Annual Burns Night Celebration, a highlight of our annual events was a great celebration of the Scotland's national bard.  

In the weeks that have followed we held our first Book, Browse and Buy in support of the conservation of our Library Collection of early books, and the mounting of Ken Patersons  photographic exhibit "In the Footsteps of John Muir" which continued its touring at Federal Hall - on show through May 11th.  The exhibit will then move to the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY from May 25th to September 25th.

April 6th 2018 marked the 20th Anniversary of Tartan Day, leading up to the 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade on April 7th.  Surrounding the Parade  ASF once again had a full program of events with Book Talks given by celebrated author Sarah Fraser, in support of her new best seller, "The Prince who would be King" and insight into ones Geneology with Dr Bruce Durie as well as a series of concerts, Scotland on the Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park - an opportunity for us to celebrate and enjoy wonderful musical performances from visiting pipe bands and musicians as well as leading musicians and pipe bands based here in the States. For more information click here.

And now onward to our summer programming which is noted on our Events Page.
In the weeks ahead through our ENews we will share News not only of our own events but of events our Members and Friends are invited to attend and ones we feel may be of interest.  ASF looks to be a portal of information for lovers of Scotland.  Through your support we have a vibrant platform on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  
There are many ways to become involved and help support all that we do.  We invite you to become a Member. 

- Details of Membership, both individual and corporate, are available. Membership is annual, from the date you join us.

Additionally General Funding, Art Partonage and Directed Giving donations are greatly appreciated and welcomed allowing us to expand on our platform of work.

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If you have specific questions please call us at the ASF Office on 212 605 0338 or email us directly at

Camilla G Hellman, MBE


The Unicorn of Scotland Event


Macintosh Talk and Reception

Sunset Tea and Pimms on the Central Park Arsenal Rooftop

Wallace Award Gala Dinner

Tatan Day 2018 Thanks



The American-Scottish Foundation is proud to have a vibrant and growing platform of Arts and Culture programming.

The American-Scottish Foundation is honored to have been invited to join the Landmarks 50 project and develop the fascinating history of THE SCOTS WHO BUILT NEW YORK, chronicling the contribution of Scottish Americans to the building of New York.

Most exciting of all - the ASF is developing a walking tour app (with an accompanying map) which will feature over 55 important Scottish locations in NYC! We are aiming to have a test version of part of the Map ready for Tartan Week in April. For more information and to support this project, please click here.


Clan Hannay and Sorbie Tower

Our Mission

The mission of The American-Scottish FoundationĀ®, an international not-for-profit organization, is to establish links and strengthen ties between Scotland and the United States, through the pursuit of contemporary social, cultural, educational, and business activities.

The mission remains as relevant today as when ASF was founded in 1956 by Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton - to champion the extraordinary relationship between the peoples of Scotland and the United States - a bridge between the two great countries - seeking to strengthen & support the future of the Scottish American diaspora, and its legacy.

A Look Back On The ASF In 2017

Support Us

There are many ways to support the Foundation, including: attending events; being a member; making donations; and serving on a committee.

Our programs are varied and our Initiatives section showcases particular areas of ASF's work, enabling gifting to programs which you specifically wish to support.