The Society of Friends of Belgium
The Society of Friends of Belgium was established
in the fall of 2006 to identify, support and stimulate Belgo-American
cultural initiatives in the United States. Exposing the richness
of Belgian culture to the American public promotes the image of
Belgium in the U.S. and enhances the mutual understanding between
the two countries.
The Society of Friends of Belgium is a private
not-for-profit organization based in New York, comprised entirely
of volunteers. It receives the active support of His Excellency,
the Ambassador of Belgium in Washington and the Consul General of
Belgium in New York. The Society is chaired by Mr. François
M. de Visscher and guided by a Board of Advisors, composed of Americans
and Belgians based in the U.S. and in Belgium. All operating expenses
of the organization are provided by The Board and the Executive
Committee so that all money contributed goes towards supporting
the initiatives of the organization.
Through its vast network of contacts, as well
as through private donations from individuals, foundations and
organizations, the Society of Friends of Belgium promotes and
financially sponsors prestigious cultural events in the U.S. upholding
the cultural heritage of Belgium.