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To those valued members of the American-Scottish Foundation: we know from your active support that you are aware of our growing platform of work.
In May, Alan L Bain became Chairman of the Foundation, and I took up the role of Executive Director. Looking at the mission of the Foundation we realized one important, and growing aspect, the extensive commitment we have to ensuring the future of the Scottish American Diaspora and its legacy, a core value of the mission.
To ensure our ability to continue to sustain our expanding body of work we realise it is essential that we undertake a Capital Campaign. Over the past 18 months membership has doubled and, through use of social media, E-news and website, our message is reaching an ever increasing increasing audience - with over one third of our social media members are based in Scotland, as we realize our mission as a bridge and portal for Scotland and the United States.
The early months of the year were very busy for the Foundation with our annual Burns Night Celebration in January, and a festival full of events during Tartan fortnight. In addition to ASF's leading role as a founding member of the New York Tartan Day Parade organizing committee, ASF undertook eight events in eleven days, from the hosting of our second Energy Forum with Bank of America sharing knowledge and best practices in the vital field of Alternative Energy to Ken Paterson's photographic exhibit at Federal Hall - In The Footsteps of John Muir, to the St Columba's School Pipe Band playing in Bryant Park and Fiona Kennedy orchestrating a Tartan Day performance of "The Kist" at the Brick Church, honoring the meaning of Tartan Day.
Already plans are advanced for 2014 - from events around Scotland Tartan Week to plans for our annual Scottish North American Leadership Conference hosted jointly with the Chicago Scots, to be held during Homecoming Celebrations in July in Edinburgh.
We are helping an ever growing number of companies and individuals as they seek to deliver projects into the United States or Scotland in 2014 - from major touring art exhibits to Book talks on historic projects to young artists or students wishing to study or experience the United States or US artists attain their dreams of performing in Scotland at a festival.
The American-Scottish Foundation was founded in 1956 by Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton. His vision and passion is as important today as it was then.
Your support has been vital in the past and remains so. We thank you for all you do for the Foundation.
We ask that you consider becoming a supporter of our Capital Campaign. There are various levels of support with all Patron Members receiving noted recognition if they so wish, or remaining anonymous.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions with regard to this letter or in any other respect.
For your convenience, we link a donation form here.
Camilla G Hellman,MBE
Ways to Support
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.
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.
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