The Latvian Foundation's Mission
THE LATVIAN FOUNDATION'S MISSION -- To preserve and strengthen Latvian identity
Our mission is to preserve Latvian heritage outside of Latvia and to support Latvian culture and education within Latvia by financially assisting projects relating to Latvian literature, language, music, theater, arts and sciences, as well as to educational pursuits which maintain and enhance Latvian heritage.
The Foundation’s goal is to award grants towards significant achievements in the preservation and progress of our Latvian culture and heritage, and in disseminating and passing it on to future generations.
It is difficult to maintain one’s cultural heritage in today’s global world. Latvian communities outside of Latvia are less cohesive than they once were. Second and third generation young people of Latvian ancestry no longer necessarily live near organized Latvian centers. At the same time, recent Latvian émigrés do not always have a Latvian support network to turn to in order to maintain their cultural traditions. And the economic crisis of the last few years has reduced the amount of funding available for many worthwhile projects.
Latvian education and upbringing
Latvian arts, crafts and folklore
Academic fields connected to the Latvian nation, its history and people
Other cultural endeavors which are deemed significant and of value to Latvia and Latvians
Līga Ruperte, initiator and coordinator of the 3x3 movement and longstanding member of LF:
Kristīne Bērziņa, LF member and board member:
"I was drawn to join the Latvian Foundation because of its multi-faceted and broad reach, especially its commitment to support activities not just in the former exile communities, but in Latvia as well. Events supported by LF, such as the Traditional Kokle Festival in Latgale and 3x3 camps in the U.S. promote interaction between Latvians in Latvia and abroad. LF provides the opportunity for dedicated Latvians to continue already established cooperation programs and develop new ones."