Capital Campaign

The Capital Campaign Presents Tremendous Opportunities to Pay Tribute to Our Past and Build for Our Future

KESKUS, the International Estonian Centre will be the first new facility built in the 21st century in North America dedicated to the promotion of Estonia and the sharing of its language and culture.

There is no better time than now to celebrate your Estonian heritage and help bring to life an Estonian Centre for generations to come. Create your family legacy by making a special family commitment to KESKUS.

Consider adding your name to the growing list of those who have already stepped forward in our Capital Campaign to help bring the vision of a new International Estonian Centre to reality.

Find out how you can make a difference by reading this special brochure on our generous donors to date, naming opportunities, tax benefits and the flexible ways to give.


Honorary Chair of the Capital Campaign

Toomas H. Ilves

Former President of the Republic of Estonia (2006–2016)


Read the message from Toomas H. Ilves (PDF)

Kalevipoja Laud -  $100,000 & over

Co-chairs Andy Prozes and Mihkel Liik

Donors of $100,000 or more will be recognized members of “Kalevipoja Laud”. They will receive naming rights for the physical space related to their gift, and permanent inclusion on the Capital Campaign donor recognition display with an opportunity to provide wording as a family gift, or in tribute to or in memory of an individual or family.

“Kalevipoja Laud” naming opportunities

(payable over 1 to 5 years)

The Centre - $5,000,000

Grand Hall (reserved) - $1,000,000

Main Foyer - $1,000,000 (reserved)

The Annex/11 Madison house (reserved) - $1,000,000

North Wing Upper Gallery - $500,000

South Wing Upper Gallery - $500,000

Rooftop Garden (reserved)- $350,000

Balcony - $300,000

Boardroom (reserved) - $250,000

The Walkway - $250,000

Professional Kitchen - $200,000

Circular Staircase (South Wing) - $200,000

Elevator - $200,000

Cocktail Lobby (2nd Floor) - $200,000

Elevator Stairway - $150,000

Library (reserved) - $150,000

Community Room (reserved) - $150,000

Classrooms (4 available) - $100,000

Learning Lobby (3rd Floor) - $100,000

Garden Lobby (Rooftop) - $100,000

Indoor “Siluett” Seating Alcove

(7 available - 3 reserved) - $100,000

Outdoor Seating Areas (1 available - 1 reserved) - $100,000

Outdoor “Siluett” Areas (7 available) - $100,000

The International Estonian Centre is proud to recognize donors whose leadership will bring to life an Estonian Centre for generations to come.

Thomas & Kristiina Heinsoo (Read Profile)

Allan & Riina Hess (Read Profile)

Mihkel & Kati Holmberg

Siim Holmberg

Lembit Jänes

Epp K. Jürima-Sonin (Read Profile)

David & Kristina Kalm and John & Anette Kalm (Read Profile)

A.M. & V.S. Kaunismaa Family (Read Profile)

Glen & Outi Leis (Read Profile)

​Mihkel Liik & Leslie Cairns

Erik & Sandra Küttis

​Jüri Otsason & Bernadine Morris (Read Profile)

Andrew Prozes

Raivo & Anne-Mari Remmel (Read Profile)

​Ants & Inga Toi (Read Profile)

Ken & Monika Valvur

Simon Wookey (Read Profile)

Anonymous (3)

Viru Vanemad - $10,000 to $99,999

Co-chairs Allan & Riina Hess

Donors of $10,000 - $99,999

(payable over 1 to 5 years) will be permanently recognized and listed as members of “Viru Vanemad” and leadership donors on the Capital Campaign donor recognition display to be situated in a prominent area of KESKUS. Donations can made as a family gift, or in tribute to or in memory of an individual or family (space on plaque is limited).

The International Estonian Centre is grateful to have received many gifts from our Viru Vanemad. We thank all these donors for their support.

Enno & Anne Agur

Erika Andreas

Helve Hess Barnett & Ryan Barnett (Read Profile)

Robert & Lilian Baxter

Ingrid & Andrew Callum

Toomas Eichenbaum

Peeter & Svea Einola

Silvia Ernesaks

Glenn & Pille Gold

Leila Hess

Reet Hess & Dylan Kelly

Talvi Hess & Mati Pajo

Tiiu Hess  & Tim Ararat

Peter & Ellen Kaju

Lea Kõiv

Alar & Theresa Kongats

Rein Kuris

Tõnis & Kadri-Ann Laar

Anne Leius

Lillakas & Põldma Family (in memory of Meinhard & Selma Põldma) (Read Profile)

Aino Lokk

Käbi Lokk & Robert Spokowski

Gary & Lisa Maavara

Katrin Marley (Read Profile)

Reet & Jaanus Marley

Toomas Marley & Epp Luik

Mariann McConnon & Family

Rein & Maret Pajo (Read Profile)

In memory of Edgar & Renate Marten

Zoë & Endel Mell

Jaan Meri & Ana Tampõld

Urve Mundi

Ivar Nippak and family (Anita Nippak Genua & Erik Nippak).

Valdeko & Eevi Novek

Reet Oolup

Veiko Parming

Alar Prost & Lena Kõiv

Arne & Kersti Randsalu

Anne Remmel & Albert Cohen (Read Profile)

Merike Remmel & Eric Jakobson (Read Profile)

Tiiu & Tarmo Remmel

Tiit Romet

Urve Tamberg

Jaan & Tiina Timusk

Juri & Tiiu Wallner

Ellen Valter

Maris-Ann & Thomas Vanaselja

Eva Varangu

Paul-Erik Veel & Krista Käis-Prial

Marje Koidu Virro

In Memory of Frieda Vihma

Anonymous (3)*

Kungla Rahvas - $100 to $9,999

All Donors of $100 - $9,999 will be recognized as members of “Kungla Rahvas” and listed in the commemorative program to be produced for the opening of KESKUS, the International Estonian Centre. Donations can made in honour of a family gift, or in tribute to or in memory of an individual or family.

Join Our Growing List of Leadership Donors!

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