Our Purpose and Guiding Principles

For over 250 years, St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York’s purpose is:
“to provide relief of natives of Scotland and their descendants who may be in want or distress, to provide educational assistance to natives of Scotland and their descendants, to conduct and sponsor such other and further activities, as may be deemed appropriate or desirable by the Society and as from time to time permitted by Federal and State Law for a Not-for-Profit Corporation, to foster or encourage good will, understanding and communication between the people of the United States and the people of Scotland and to promote such social intercourse among the members of the Society as may be necessary and appropriate to, and consistent with, such purposes, including fund raising to sustain them.”

(Excerpt from St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York Constitution, City of New York on the 13th day of November, 1794.)

Guiding Principles

In order to meet our mission we are led by our guiding principles.

These are:

  • To continue our role of improving the lives of Scots and their descendants at home and abroad.
  • Raising the standards of those around us, our St. Andrew’s community and the wider society through our stewardship and example.
  • Fostering connections and ties internationally in an ever globalized and interconnected world.
  • A commitment and belief in education.
  • Promoting and nurturing the development of future leaders.
  • Treating each other with respect, professionalism and integrity.
  • Demanding ethical behavior of ourselves at all times, in all events and in every circumstance.
  • Adhering to our principles while leaving room for growth and change for the future. For as we uphold the fine traditions and actions of the Society’s past, we continue to transform and adapt our positions as we look to the future.