About Us

Mission Statement

SALVI’s mission is to propagate communicative approaches to Latin language acquisition, making the entire Classical tradition of Western culture more available to—and enjoyable for—students, teachers, and the general public.


Septentrionale Americanum Latinitatis Vivae Institutum (English: North American Institute for Living Latin Studies) was created in October 1996 in Los Angeles, California, by a group of professors and students of Latin literature concerned about the long-term future of classical studies in North America. SALVI’s mission is to propagate communicative approaches to Latin language acquisition, with a particular focus on the first years of language study, i.e. the period during which the basic tenets of grammar are learned.

On February 6, 1997, the State of California recognized SALVI as a not-for-profit public benefit educational and literary corporation, granting it tax-exempt public charity status in California under section 23701d of the California Revenue and Taxation Code. Federal tax-exempt status under section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code was granted one year later on February 6, 1998, making SALVI a full-fledged 501c(3) public charity. Any contributions made to its activities are deductible from the donor’s Federal and California Income taxes, where such taxes apply.

No part of the assets of SALVI, as a public benefit corporation, can ever inure to the benefit of any private individual. Officers and directors serve without compensation, and organization has no employees. The tax returns, Act of Incorporation, and Bylaws of SALVI are public information and are available on demand from the Treasurer.

Hodie est
ante diem xv Kalendas Februarias MMDCCLXXI A.U.C.

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