Danish American Language Foundation
Preserve and Promote the Danish Language and Culture in America
History

The Danish American Language Foundation was established in 1976 in commemoration of Denrnark's participation in the American Bicentennial Celebration. The Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Illinois in 1975 and the Foundation received tax-exempt status in 1976.

During a visit to Chicago in May 1976, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark presented a check in the amount of $50,000 to the Foundation's first President, Jens Jensen. The money represented funds raised by the USA-76 committee, a committee comprising of the Danish Government, Danish companies, various foundations in Denmark and private citizens.

The purpose of the Danish American Language Foundation is to help preserve the Danish language and culture in the United States. Most importantly the Foundation's purpose is to contribute to the preservation of the Danish voice in the United States in form of financial support to the Danish newspapers "Den Danske Pioneer" which was founded in Chicago in 1872 and "Bien" which was founded in Los Angeles in 1882.

The Foundation has through the years supporied many causes to help preserve the Danish language and culture in the United States. Below are listed some of the very worthy causes the Foundation has supported:

From the beginning and to this day, the Danish American Language Foundation has been governed by Boards of dedicated Danish Americans, in close cooperation with the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago.