Canadian Friends of Finland

Education Foundation (CFFEF)

The mission of the CFFEF, a registered charitable organization, is to provide financial and other support to the Finnish Studies Program at the University of Toronto.

In order to accomplish this mission, CFFEF raises funds in various ways. Our main objective is to raise sufficient funds to endow a Chair in Finnish Studies at the University of Toronto.

We have launched our Spring 2022 FundRazr fundraising campaign!

A Centre of Excellence

The Finnish Studies Department at the University of Toronto has the largest, most comprehensive program dedicated to the study of Finnish language and culture in North America.

 

Help us to keep it strong for generations to come.

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Our Fundraising Goal

The goal of CFFEF fundraising efforts is to establish a permanent home for Finnish Studies at the University of Toronto.

The video below was made for our 2015 crowdfunding campaign (more info here). Though that specific campaign was only for one month, most of the content of this video is still very relevant today. Watch it to learn more about Finnish Studies at the U of T, and why it's so important to preserve it.

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Finnish Studies at the U of T Today

Finnish Language & Culture

From the Finnish Studies website: A nation of five million people, Finland is situated between West and East, between Sweden and Russia, sharing for thousands of years religious, historical, political, social, and cultural influences and experiences with its neighbours and the different worlds they represent.

Finnish, a Finno-Ugric language related to Estonian and Hungarian, is spoken by 94% of Finland’s population, by 300,000 in Sweden, and by large numbers in Canada, the United States, and other countries.... The Finns have a strong commitment to their languages and to their culture. Their national epic, the Kalevala, compiled in the 19th century from old Finnish epic narrative poems and incantations, soon became a national symbol and continues to this day to inspire the growth and development of the country’s creative force....

Finnish studies at the University of Toronto are presently engaged in teaching the Finnish language - a three-year sequence - and in offering other courses on the literature and culture of Finland.

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The Canadian Friends of Finland Education Foundation is a registered charitable organization (889034799 RR 0001) founded in 1990 for the sole purpose of supporting the Finnish Studies Program at the University of Toronto.

U of T Finnish Studies Program