ESF releases annual report, convenes to discuss strategy
(July 4, 2012) -- As the Board of Directors of the Esperantic Studies Foundation (ESF) prepares for a three-day strategic retreat in Montreal, the Foundation has made available its Annual Report and Tax Return for 2011 on its website (www.esperantic.org/en/about/finreports).
Outgoing president Humphrey Tonkin characterizes 2011 as a year of "new directions" for ESF, which is making a significant investment in efforts to expand the web presence of Esperanto.
"The Foundation’s goal is not only to provide funding for a number of new initiatives in this field, but also to direct that funding in such a fashion that it will lead to self-sufficiency and even the generation of re-investable surpluses," writes Tonkin in the President's Letter. "Meanwhile, web activity is increasing by leaps and bounds, not only generated by ESF-funded activities but also following in the wake of what appears to be spontaneous and accelerating international interest. In short, this is an exciting and challenging time for Esperanto itself."
A noted interlinguistic scholar and translator, Tonkin also cautions that ESF needs to define its strategic interests in the study of aspects of planned languages and interlinguistics. "One of the challenges in 2012 will be to move beyond web-based activity to rediscover other activities in other scholarly and pedagogical areas. With more resources, the Foundation could do so much more – and development efforts aimed at raising additional funds have become a high priority."
ESF's Board of Directors will meet in Montreal from July 9-11, 2012, to review all aspects of the Foundation's program and define its strategic priorities for the next few years.
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