About FFN

Our Mission

To sustain both Finnish-American culture in the United States and the ancestral tie with Finland by raising funds for grants and scholarships, initiating innovative national programs and networking with local chapters.

What We Do

As the number of first and second generation Finnish-American immigrants begins to dwindle, it becomes increasingly important to keep Finnish-Americans and their local chapter organizations across the country connected, inspired and committed to maintaining an awareness of their unique and vibrant culture and heritage.
Finlandia Foundation National raises funds to strengthen its endowment and ensure the continuation of its programs. The Performer of the Year and the Lecturer of the Year programs focus attention on the outstanding artistic and academic contributions of the Finnish-American community. The winners of these two annual, national competitions travel and perform at chapter organizations throughout the United States.

Finlandia Foundation National also provides scholarships to students with a multitude of unique ties to the Finnish culture, and awards more than 50 grants each year providing critical and all too rare funding for individuals pursuing the artistic, musical and cultural traditions that represent the heritage of Finland and the diverse interests of Finnish-America.

These programs, not offered by any other organization in the United States today, are what make the strengthening of the Finlandia Foundation National organization so compelling.

Finnish heritage and Finnish-American traditions and culture are too rich and too valuable to be lost. By building a solid network of chapters throughout the United States and increasing the number and amount of grants and scholarship for Finnish-American individuals and programs, Finlandia Foundation National will continue to inspire and strengthen the Finnish-American community of the United States for years to come.
Finlandia Foundation National, a California non-profit organization, is governed by a Board of Trustees.Independent Finlandia Foundation National chapters coast to coast are charted to use the Finlandia Foundation National name and logo and operate in support of the Foundation’s Mission.
The Fenyes Estate in Pasadena, California, home of Yrjö Paloheimo and his wife Leonora. As part of the Pasadena Museum of History you can tour the birthplace of FFN.
The Fenyes Estate in Pasadena, California, home of Yrjö Paloheimo and his wife Leonora. It is part of the Pasadena Museum of History, which offers tours of the birthplace of FFN.