Donations & Fundraising

A donation to the SONS OF NORWAY FOUNDATION IN CANADA is a meaningful way to make a difference. Your donation will help ensure:

  • the continuance of bursaries for post-secondary students and apprenticeship of the future
  • that members of the Norwegian community and others have access to support for the preservation of our culture and heritage
  • the preservation, for future generations, of the many programs offered by the SONS OF NORWAY FOUNDATION IN CANADA

Making Your Donation

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There are four ways to make your donation:

  • Direct Donations Open or Close

    Direct donations can be made to the Foundation by cash or cheque. Donations will be acknowledged by the issuance of tax receipts for use in Canadian tax returns.

    • Please use form CF006 – indicate in section 1 which fund is to receive your donation. The donation and donation form can be sent directly to Foundation Treasurer or forwarded through your local Lodge Foundation Director or Foundation representative.
    • When completing the Donation form (CF006), be sure to fill in your Lodge name and number so the donation can be credited to your lodge for the Founders Award program.
    • Memorial donations can be made to the Foundation or Channeled to another designated recipient (see Channeled Donations instructions). The family will receive a letter of condolence and notification that a donation has been made in memory of their loved one. Use form CF006.
  • Publicly Traded Securities Open or Close

    Canadian tax laws permit the donation of Publicly Traded Securities, such as common shares, to the SONS OF NORWAY FOUNDATION IN CANADA. This way, you do not have to pay capital gains tax on your investment. A tax specialist can advise if such donation process is advantageous to you. The Foundation has special accounts, with Royal Bank of Canada, to faciliate the donation of publicly traded securities in the manner specified by Canadian tax laws. A tax receipt is issued once the process is complete.

    This type of donation can be a direct or a channeled donation.

    You or your broker should contact an Officer of the Foundation if you are considering the donation of publickly traded securities.

  • Channeled Donations Open or Close

    Individuals or groups can make channeled donations to other charities or non-profit groups by designating the recipient. It must be noted that the recipient agency must meet the recipient criteria consistent with our Foundation Bylaws and Policies.

    Please contact any Board member if you have questions regarding eligible recipients for channeled donations.

    Please use form CF006 (Fill in Designated Recipient box). Send channeled donations with completed CF006 directly to the Foundation Treasurer.

  • Bequests – Leaving a Legacy Open or Close

    Leaving a Legacy is a personal decision that will allow the SONS OF NORWAY FOUNDATION IN CANADA to offer its various programs for generations to come.

    You, your lawyer or your accountant should contact a Foundation Officer if you want to establish a special fund with your legacy. This way, you can ensure your proposed critieria meet both your requirements and standards and those of the Foundation.

    Making a bequest – Leaving a Legacy – is:

    • Simple: A charitable request can be made at any time for any amount. All that is needed is to include instructions in your will for a bequest in favour of the Sons of Norway Foundation in Canada.
    • Tax Friendly: Your estate will receive a tax receipt for the full amount of your bequest. This may reduce the taxes payable on the estate tax returns. When writing or updating your will ask your lawyer to determine the most advantageous bequest process for your estate. This may vary from Province to Province.
    • Flexible: A bequest can be in any amount or a percentage of your estate. Changes can be made to your will regarding the bequest at any time.

Click here to view and download a PDF version of CF006 Donation Form. (PDF files require Acrobat Reader to view and complete. If you are experiencing difficulties opening a form, click here to upgrade to the newest version.of Acrobat Reader.)

Donation Support Programs

You have the option to specify how your donation is used by the SONS OF NORWAY FOUNDATION IN CANADA:

  • General Fund - When you make a donation to the General Fund, you allow the Foundation's Board of Directors to allocate your donation to one or more Support Programs. Ensure you indicate your preference if you wish to benefit a specific Support Program.

(The following options are described in the Grants/Apply for Funding section.)

  • Humanitarian Support Program
  • Cultural Grants
  • Tormod Rekdal Cultural Grant
  • Post-Secondary and Apprenticeship Bursaries
  • Folkehøgskole Bursary
  • Oslo International Summer School (ISS) Bursary
  • Lysne Rosemaling Grant
  • Karel and Bjarne Thorshaug Norwegian Studies Bursary


An incentive for Local Lodges to raise funds for the Foundation, the Annual Achievement Award program was established in 1985. This program was later renamed the Founders Award. This award is based on direct donations to the Foundation from Lodge and lodge members and averaged out based on the total adult membership in the lodge (as of December 31 immediately prior to the award year).

In May of 1999, another incentive was introduced in the form of Recognition Pins. For a donation of $100 a member would receive a Bronze Recognition Pin in addition to a Life Membership. The issuance of Life Memberships was discontinued in 2014. For $500, a Silver Pin and for $1000, a Gold Pin would be awarded. In 2007 a Platinum Pin was added for donations over $2000. All these donation levels are cumulative and to be eligible for awards the donations must be directed to our Foundation or any of the special funds under administration of our Foundation.

In addition to the General Fund, our Foundation administers three special funds: The Tormod Rekdal Cultural Grants, Lysne Rosemaling Grants and the Bjarne and Karel Thorshaug Grants for Norwegian Studies. These named grants have specific purposes and have been established thanks to large donations from those families and their friends and for these we are sincerely grateful.

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