I like to think that our founders would be proud.
In January of 1953, nine Finnish-American visionaries---Yrjö and Leonora Paloheimo, Dr. Vaino Hoover, Otto Collanus, Rev. Omar Halme, Dr. Bennett Kantola, Suomi Rauhanheimo-Owen, Jaakko Tae and Rev. Everett Torkko---met in Pasadena to establish the Finlandia Foundation as a network of Finnish- Americans and friends of Finland across the United States.
Their purpose was to keep alive the heritage and connection to Finland.
We have upheld that mission and have grown in our programs and reach.
Now, our 70th year brings our greatest challenge. Since we learned in March that Finlandia University would be closing, we have been working every day to ensure the security of the largest collection of Finnish-American materials, and the programs that tell the story of Finland in the U.S.
At the same time, we are maintaining our regular operations including our grants, scholarships and live and virtual programming.
We are able to accomplish all of this due to your generous gifts. With your ongoing support, we look forward to continuing to fulfill our common goals for Finnish America. Thank you.