The Joy of Membership Podcast

Helpful by Hiking: National Foundation for Danish America

August 05, 2020 Joy Duling Season 1 Episode 1
The Joy of Membership Podcast
Helpful by Hiking: National Foundation for Danish America
Show Notes

My guest this week is Bruce Bro, President of the National Foundation for Danish America.  There are approximately 1.5 Million Americans who claim at least partial Danish heritage and call themselves “Danish Americans”.

NFDA is a nonprofit organization, formed in 2019 to help Danish American organizations network, coordinate, share and collaborate all in an effort to preserve and promote the Danish culture and heritage in America.

As the Foundation’s President, Bruce recently asked “how can we be helpful?” and he came up with a rather unusual answer.  That’s what he’s here today to talk about.

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