Educational Institutions

VASA ORDER OF AMERICA THE GRAND LODGE

  • San Jose, CA
  • www.vasaorder.com

Mission Statement

THE MISSION OF THE GRAND LODGE VASA ORDER OF AMERICA IS TO PRESERVE AND PROMOTE SWEDISH AND NORDIC CULTURE
TO PROVIDE BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS IN NEED
TO PROVIDE POST HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS
TO FUND SWEDISH LANGUAGE CAMP TUITION FOR YOUTH

Main Programs

  1. College Scholarships
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Vasa Order of America (VOA) serves members in the USA, Canada and Sweden. The VOA comprises 18 District Lodges and 183 Local Lodges. Sweden has two Districts and Canada has one. The balance are in the USA.

ruling year

1945

Grand Master since 2014

Self-reported

Tore Kellgren

Vice Grand Master since 2014

Self-reported

Arthur (Art) Bjorkner

Keywords

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Vasa Order of America Grand Lodge Scholarships

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EIN

04-6050224

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Grand Lodge Vasa Order of America effectively fulfills its goals with these programs:

1. Provides benefits to needy members in the USA and Canada
2. Awards college Scholarships to deserving members
3. Awards Concordia College, Sjölunden Swedish Language Camp Scholarships to children and grand children of members
5. Supports the Vasa National Archives Inc. in Bishop Hill, Illinois
6. Commuincates activities of Local Lodges, District Lodges and Grand Lodge by publishing the Vasa Star quarterly in the USA, Canada and Sweden.
7. Maintains a comprehensive website, www.vasaorder.com

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

College Scholarships

Merit-based College Scholarship Grants for members

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Adults

Budget

$10,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goals of the Vasa Order of America are:

    1. To preserve and perpetuate Nordic Country heritage and customs in the USA, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
    2. To provide benefits to members in need
    3. To provide scholarships for members pursuing post-high school educations.
    4. To support cultural programs at the Local Lodge, District Lodge and Grand Lodge levels
    5. To provide Swedish Language opportunities for our youth
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    These are the key elements of the organization's strategy.
    1. Communication of core values and programs to the membership and potential members
    2. Local Lodge planning and execution of cultural and social programs as stipulated in the bylaws of the organization
    3. District Lodge planning and implementation of district-wide programs and support of Local Lodges.
    4. Grand Lodge planning and implementation of programs supporting all subordinate levels and members.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Vasa Order of America is a volunteer organization at all levels. We are fortunate to have officers and board members at the Local Lodge, District Lodge and Grand Lodge levels who are dedicated and capable.

    Prudent financial management provides the organization with the financial resources to support its programs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1. Providing member benefits
    2. Quantity and Quality of programs at all levels
    3. Membership
    4. Participation Ratios
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1. Member Benefit Programs have been reaching more members
    2. Benefit program spending is increasing and controlled by a prudent spending plan
    3. The Vasa Star is sent to all members and is a relevant, high-quality publication
    4. The organization's website is informative and provides complete Grand Lodge financial transparency.
    5. The Grand Lodge is audited annually by an Independent CPA Firm.
    6. Officers and boards at all levels are challenged by rapidly changing cultures, technology and communication tools.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Vasa Order of America (VOA) serves members in the USA, Canada and Sweden. The VOA comprises 18 District Lodges and 183 Local Lodges. Sweden has two Districts and Canada has one. The balance are in the USA.

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Financials

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VASA ORDER OF AMERICA THE GRAND LODGE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

VASA ORDER OF AMERICA THE GRAND LODGE

Leadership

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Grand Master

Tore Kellgren

Vice Grand Master

Arthur (Art) Bjorkner

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tore Kellgren

Vasa Order of America The Grand Lodge

Term: July 2014 - July 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?