FINNSOURCE is a community network and clearing house of organizations and individuals that promote Finnish culture, language, arts, business, education, and heritage. It is a volunteer-based project of the Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities Chapter.

BACKGROUND
Finnish Americans in the Twin Cities metro region represent the largest Finnish-American urban community in the U.S. and still remain close to the “old country,” participating in various heritage organizations. The many Finnish citizens who have more recently settled in the Twin Cities have developed close ties to contemporary Finland. As a rallying point to celebrate both old and new Finland during the 2017 Centenary of Finnish Independence, FinnSource, was launched in 2016 to plan and coordinate Finland-related Minnesota programming during 2017 and then continue as a community network and resource center for connecting people to “all things Finnish.” 

VISION AND MISSION

Vision: The FinnSource network seeks to build a virtual and a physical place where people can discover a connection to all things Finnish - programs, activities, services, products, organizations and more

Mission: The FinnSource network will bring together existing and new organizations and businesses that promote Finnish culture, business, education, and heritage through an engaging online presence, and eventually creating a physical space in the Twin Cities for hosting Finnish events and activities.

PRIORITIES 
With the 2017 Centenary as the main focus of FinnSource through 2017, the network is a long-term project, filling an ongoing need for connecting to all things Finnish in Minnesota and beyond.

Finland Minnesota 100: Plan visible and statewide Finland-related programming in Minnesota to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Finland’s Independence in 2017, culminating in a December 6 Centenary Gala. 

Information and Resource Center: Plan and launch the FinnSource network for “all things Finnish.” With a 2016 rollout, this network will serve to connect Finnish-related groups in Minnesota and broaden their reach in the statewide community, especially the youth. The short-term goal is to build a dynamic, contemporary online presence to promote Finland MN 100 and bring together existing and new groups that promote Finnish culture, language, arts, business, education, and heritage. A longer-term goal is to build on this “virtual space” to create a physical space in the Twin Cities for hosting Finnish events, activities, and programming.