Arts, Culture, and Humanities

English Speaking Union of the United States National Headquarters

  • New York, NY
  • www.esuus.org

Mission Statement

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a non-profit, non-political, educational organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community.

Main Programs

  1. National Shakespeare Competition
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is headquartered in New York City with 72 Branches nationwide.  The ESU works in fellowship with 55 independent ESUs around the world.

ruling year

1967

Eexciutive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Christopher Broadwell

President since 2014

Self-reported

Dr. E. Quinn Peeper

Keywords

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English language; global understanding; scholarship and education; international exchange, Shakespeare

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Also Known As

ESU, ESUUS

EIN

13-1623995

 Number

3725399837

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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We seek to empower both professional educators and laypersons with
effective methods to reveal to people young and old the English
language's expressive possibilities, its magnificent literature, and
its long tradition of profound political thought. We seek to celebrate
with the world our belief in individual freedom and government by
consent of the governed; ideas that have developed within the English
language over most of a millennium and presently find full expression
in the constitution, society, and civic life of the United States. We
seek to promote global understanding through English-language dialogue
among diverse peoples throughout the world, to enable Americans to
learn from other societies, and to enable people of other nations to
gain insight into the values and culture of the United States. We
endeavor to achieve these objectives through an array of domestic and
international programs that are implemented by members and volunteers
in Branches across America and supported financially through the
generosity of members, individuals, corporations, and foundations. By
means of these programs, The English-Speaking Union of the United
States seeks to promote education for individuals, harmony among
nations, universal appreciation for the benefits of democratic
governance, and the capacity to express articulately and understand
fully diverse ideas and perspectives that uplift humankind through
English.

Programs

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Program 1

National Shakespeare Competition

National Shakespeare
Competition: A school-based performance program held annually in ESU Branch
communities throughout the US in which high school students compete with recitations
of a memorized Shakespearean sonnet and monologue before judges in a school
assembly. Winners of the school
competitions progress to their community ESU Branch competition, and winners of
the ESU Branch rounds receive a free trip to New York City where they compete in the National
semi-finals and finals. First-place
winners receive a cash prize and a summer scholarship to study in the UK. Since its inception, over 250,000 students in
65 communities across the US
have competed in the National Shakespeare Competition.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$193,385.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is headquartered in New York City with 72 Branches nationwide.  The ESU works in fellowship with 55 independent ESUs around the world.

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THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION OF THE UNITED STATES - NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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English Speaking Union of the United States National Headquarters

Leadership

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Eexciutive Director

Mr. Christopher Broadwell

President

Dr. E. Quinn Peeper

BIO

Christopher Broadwell was appointed Executive Director of The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) effective March 1, 2014, upon the retirement of Alice Boyne, President and Executive Director. Mr. Broadwell, served as the ESU’s Deputy Director from 2007 to 2014 and brings to his new post wide-ranging experience in administration, development, marketing, special events, public relations and promotion.
Mr. Broadwell began his career at the ESU as Branch Services Administrator and subsequently worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. His past positions in non-profit organizations include Director of Development for the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Historic House Trust of New York City, Grants Administrator for the International Women's Health Coalition and Director of Publications at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). He was also Account Executive at Grey Advertising/Grey & Davis Public Relations and Vice President Marketing & Sales for Miracle Exclusives, Inc., an import company. In addition, Mr. Broadwell has operated his own publications business. Mr. Broadwell graduated from Grinnell College with a BA in English.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Patricia Schroeder

Orlando, FL

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