Planned Giving

Creating Your Own Legacy

A charitable bequest is one of the simplest and most common ways for supporters to make a contribution to the future of The American-Scandinavian Foundation. Bequests allow the ASF to plan, expand, and sustain our work with the confidence that the necessary funding will be available in the years ahead.

Who Chooses Planned Giving?

Albin T. & Pauline Anderson provided for the ASF in the Anderson Family Trust. Dr. Anderson, a former Fellow of the ASF, and his wife Pauline, directed funds to support programs of cultural and educational exchange.

Carolyn Caggine included the ASF in her will. A member of the ASF since 1987, Ms. Caggine loved spending time at Scandinavia House and volunteered regularly in The Shop.

Laura Kronquist Mesaros, M.D. provided for the ASF in her trust. Her bequest in honor of her Finnish-born parents established an Endowment Fund to support programs showcasing Finnish art.

Vilhelm M. Reimann established a trust that provided income to his nieces during their lifetimes, and then passed in part to the ASF.

Edward Roleson included the ASF in his will. Funds from this estate established a Fellowship in honor of Mr. Roleson’s late mother.

The Niels Poulson Society

Named after the Danish-American industrialist whose initial support made establishment of the ASF possible, The Niels Poulson Society was formed as a way to honor those who have provided for the ASF in their estate plans.

As a member of the Society, we will be happy to include your name on the list of members of this distinguished group in our publications and on our website, and to invite you to join others for special gatherings.

Please let us know if you have already named The American-Scandinavian Foundation as a beneficiary so that we may invite you to be part of the Niels Poulson Society. And if you have not yet done so, we hope you will include the ASF in your estate planning.



Types of Bequests

Specific bequest: Indicate a specific dollar amount or asset that you would like to leave to The American-Scandinavian Foundation.

Residual bequest: After you have provided for your loved ones, name the ASF to receive a percentage or all of your residuary estate.

Contingent bequest: Name the ASF as a beneficiary only in the event of the death of other beneficiaries, such as family members or friends.

If you already have a will, you can amend it through a codicil and name the ASF as an additional beneficiary.

You might also consider a gift of life insurance, retirement assets, or real estate. Such gifts may be structured to benefit your estate as well as the ASF.

To learn more about how you can create a legacy and ensure the future of The American-Scandinavian Foundation through a charitable bequest, please contact us at:

The American-Scandinavian Foundation
Development Office
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212.779.3587 |

TAX ID 13 -1623897

We urge you to seek the counsel of your legal, tax, or financial advisor as you consider your charitable goals and undertake your estate planning.