Greetings Global Family!
We have made great strides this year in our efforts to strengthen and rebuild Concordia Language Villages. We welcomed more than 3,000 excited, young language learners at the Villages this summer. Our adult and family programs, which operate year-round, are growing again. We have also invested in critical infrastructure, including a new website and easy-to-use registration system to better serve villager families. While there’s much to be proud of, we still face several challenges.
After a number of lean years, we are focusing our fundraising energy on the renewal of our Village sites. These iconic, culturally authentic spaces play a crucial role in the immersion experience for our participants, bringing the world close to home, year after year. For example, in the fall of 2022 we embarked on a project to breathe new life into Gimle, the Norwegian Language Village’s dining hall which is the oldest building on the Turtle River Lake property dating to 1969. While maintaining the original integrity of the structure, we expanded the kitchen, upgraded the dining room, added a badstu (sauna) and outdoor deck. We intend to renew and renovate many of our Village buildings and spaces after decades of happy use by adding modern amenities and upgrades and increasing energy efficiency while still maintaining cultural authenticity. To accomplish this we are asking you, our Global Family, for your help.
Can we count on you to make a gift of $100, $250, $500 or more to the “It Takes a Village” fund for Give to the Max Day?
For Give to the Max Day 2023, the next $2,500 in gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor and friend of Concordia Language Villages, doubling your impact! Your investment in our program today ensures that we continue to inspire the courageous global citizens of tomorrow!
For over 60 years our Global Family has stood with us, spreading the word to grow our programs, helping build our Village sites and providing crucial resources necessary to meet unexpected challenges. We wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you!
The mission of Concordia Language Villages is to inspire courageous global citizens.