The International Institute Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Michigan corporation, separate and distinct from the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, which is also a non-profit 501(c)(3) Michigan corporation. The International Institute Foundation was created on August 4, 1969 by the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit to serve as the fundraising organization for the International Institute, and was made a separate corporation with a separate board of directors so as to avoid any conflict with the United Way's fundraising efforts. The International Institute has been a United Way agency since 1945. The foundation was originally named the "Friends of the International Institute." The founding "Friends" board members were Roy Calcagno, Paul Tesorero, James McCormick, Walton Lewis, David Hwang, Clara Schumann, and Richard Benson.
In 1984, the "Friends" started the International Institute Heritage Hall of Fame, located in Cobo Hall, to honor outstanding leaders in Metro Detroit's ethnic immigrant services organizations, and an annual reception and induction ceremony as a means to raise funds to support the International Institute. On December 10, 1999, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the International Institute changed the name of the "Friends" to the "International Institute Foundation." The printed program for the 2013 Hall of Fame dinner states, "Proceeds from the Heritage Hall of Fame Celebration provide funding for the programs and services of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit and organizations that support immigration programs that ensure that America's promise of freedom, democracy, and liberty is secured for all individuals who wholeheartedly pursue citizenship." The International Institute is grateful for the funds raised by the International Institute Foundation that have been contributed to the International Institute to help support its programs.
The 2014 Heritage Hall of Fame Dinner will take place on ___________, November __, 2014, at the Detroit Marriott Hotel, in the Renaissance Center - Ambassador Ballroom - 6PM Reception - 7PM Dinner, followed by the Program and Induction Ceremony - Tickets are $150 per person - Business Attire.
2009 Hall of Fame Honorees