SCA is governed by its Board of Directors whose members come from across the United States, Canada and Sweden and represent a broad spectrum of geographic, cultural, professional and organizational interests throughout Sweden and Swedish America. The Board ensures that SCA fulfills the organization’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and that SCA acts within its mission and plans.
There are two types of voting members on the SCA Board of Directors. Representative Board Members each represent one of the Institutional Member Organizations of SCA. Elected Board Members are elected by the SCA Board for three-year terms.
There are also two types of non-voting members on the SCA Board with the honorific titles of “Honorary Director” and “Director Emeritus”. These members generally include the four ambassadors to and from Sweden, former SCA Board Chairs and board members, and others who have contributed significantly to the leadership of SCA or in Swedish America .
In addition, each current SCA Affiliate Member organization has the right to send a representative to every semi-annual SCA Board Meeting. SCA highly encourages this level of participation. After all, this is what puts the “council’ in Swedish Council of America!
Being an organization with a very small staff, much of the work of SCA is done by the dedicated and hard-working volunteers that serve on its committees. There are currently seven committees serving the various programs of SCA.
Since 1974 SCA has been determined by the IRS to be a 501(c)3 charitable organization and a public charity as described under 509(a)(2) of the IRS code. Therefore all contributions are tax-deductible in the United States to the fullest extent of American law.
In addition, operating as a separate 509(a)(3) supporting organization, Swedish Council of America Foundation (SCAF) maintains and oversees the endowment funds designated to provide financial support of SCA and its various programs. SCAF has its own board of directors. Contributions designated to be added to any of SCA’s permanent endowment funds should be made to SCA, which in turn, will forward those contributions to SCAF.
Swedish Council of America (SCA) is incorporated in the State of Minnesota. Its offices are located at 3030 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN, 55406-2361.