Help us keep the Czech Emigration Museum open

it is in a real danger of being closed!!
 

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US flagFor USA donors
Donations are tax-deductible and handled by the Friends of the Rozmberk Society Inc, a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-profit corporation, Oxford Junction, Iowa, USA.

dutch flagFor Dutch donors
The Rozmberk Society is recognized like a non-Dutch ANBI, donations are tax-deductable for the Dutch income tax. Please go to the Dutch donation page.

At the end of the page is a more extensive explanation what your money will do to help keeping the Czech Peasant and Emigration Museum open. In short, the museum does not generate enough income to cover all expenses, and our other non-profit projects do not provide the needed extra. Donating $20 or $50 will already help us, larger donations will help us achieve our minimum target of $ 5,000 for this year quicker.

At this moment (April 12, 2011) the municipality of Jilovice-Kojakovice and our local bank WSPK together have donated $1,175 (to put this in perspective, that is well over one months of AVERAGE wages for this region, and $95 in small donations. Another $3,730 to go.

Clicking the button will bring you to the secure site of PayPal, which handles the on-line payments for us. Include your address and email as shipping address so we can send you confirmation of your tax-deductible donation. If you do not want to donate online but through a check, giving goods, or make a direct electronic transfer (internet banking), please look for details below or contact our staff. All donations are tax-deductible.

Beware: you do NOT need a PayPal account; the PayPal site also accepts credit cards.

Our donation wish list
 

Cold War Exhibition

truckThe dump truck is given to the museum. We need to cover the costs for restoration and for the transport to the Czech Republic. If funds allow, we will also install the Troop Carrier Kit and Fording Kit to make the truck really original and is functionality maximal. Documentation and making displays need to be taken care of as well.

Travel to America exhibition

We envision to make the cellars of the school accessible for visitors and install the on travel across the ocean there. The cellars are damp and cold, a suitable atmosphere to display the hardship of ocean travel on unreliable ships.

Peat Museum and Railroad

We are planning a new separate exhibition on the use of peat in the area. Highlight will be the 3-mile long small-gauge peat railroad. This railroad will bring hikers and bikers from the regular Nove Hrady -Jakule railroad station to our new site in the forests near Blata. From there, visitors can continue thier hike or take the train back as well.

peat wagon   unrestored wagons
One down, 16 to go. Wagons used to transport peat. Some of them will remain original, others will be remodeled to carry people and bicycles

Preserving farming equipment

Several donated farming tools and machinery need urgent maintenance: they have to be sand-blasted, preserved, and/or painted.

And so much more that has top priority

Like covering standard operating costs, outside repaint job for the museum, additional summer staff, etc, etc. As you can imagine, the minimum target of $ 5,000 helps us to survive and make a start with the new exhibitions. To realize everything, a lot more is needed.

Other ways of donating

Online- or Internet Banking.

If you have Internet Banking, this is the safest, quickest, and cheapest option for you and us when donating larger amounts. Please transfer the funds to:

Citizens State Bank Wyoming, Oxford Junction branch
Bank number: 073907952 - 91333509

The first part is the routing number, the second part the account number. The account holder is the Friends of the Rozmberk Society Inc.If you use this way, please inform us by email, so we can check if the funds arrived.

Personal check

The traditional and tested way. Please made the check payable to:

Marlene Flory, President FORS Inc.
6105 Fox Road Oxford Junction, 52323, Iowa

If you use this way, please inform us by email, so we can check if the funds arrived.

We also welcome non-cash donations including value papers (shares etc), pledge for legates, and in-kind donations like books, car, or even your time if you get involved in our activities. Each donor will get a receipt acknowledging the donation and the amount that is tax-deductible according the IRS regulations.

For all non-cash donations or any other question or remark you might have, please contact our director Robert Dulfer at rd1 -- czechfriends.org. (please add the @ sign at the dashes, inconvenient, but writing a full email address is the quickest way to ask for spam.)

For Czech donors or those wanting to pay directly to the museum
 

Our Czech US Dollar account, use this when paying in USA $$

IBAN: CZ03 7940 0000 0002 8100 1148
BIC/Swift code: SPWTCZ21

Bank: WSPK Trebon, Dukelska 134 Trebon, Czech Republic
Account holder: Spolecnost Rozmberk ops

Our Czech Crown account: ONLY for payments within the Czech Republic

Account nr: 92 0000 3530

Bank: WSPK Trebon, Dukelska 134 Trebon
Account holder: Spolecnost Rozmberk ops

Thank you for your support

 

For who wants to read and know more:
why should we support this

Most of the American people are prepared to give something to non-profits helping Americans and preserving American heritage. But why should you help a foreign non-profit working in South Bohemia, Czech Republic?

We can give several arguments why you should help us support the Museum and the Society. In the end, it all boils down to two things:

Another MAYOR one? It is also about investigating and preserving a not very well known part of American history. The background and stories of those who emigrated, why they left their home country to travel to America and help settle the new US states, is part of our American history as well.

What the Society needs

The Rozmberk Society has a very impressive track record in obtaining project funding. UNtil recently, no funds are needed for running specific projects or activities. Unfortunately, European Union and Czech grants now need pre-financing and grants hardly ever cover all costs. In addition, daily operating cost (office rent, staff, developing project proposals, etc) are not paid for at all.

Basically, the Society needs funds especially to pay for running the Peasant and Emigration Museum in Kojakovice and the historic Blacksmith workshop in Nove Hrady.

Both visitor's places are too small to ask for high entrance fees and income from the gift shop is not enough to pay for all running costs. s similar to a potential entrance fee and buy some goods in our shop. Although this income helps, it is not sufficient to pay for all operating costs either.

In general, running both places and the minimum office costs amount to about 15,000 USD yearly, including payments for two persons throughout the year and an additional four during the summer season. With those costs covered the Society can also continue with preparing and running community and regional development projects helping to create new jobs and opportunities in the region. It also guarantees ongoing research on and preservation of the regional emigration history.

Help from us is needed to continue these activities. Even 15 years after the fall of the communism, the Czech society and the Czech people are still busy repairing the material and emotional damage done by close to 50 years of oppression (seven years under Nazi occupation and over 50 years under communism). Although people start to realize that non-profits are an important part of the restoration efforts, State and people do not yet have sufficient extra funds to substantially support non-profits. Corporate sponsorship is also low, and aimed at high-publicity events.

Your money also goes a long way. For example, the costs for employing one person for one month in the Czech Republic is 500 USD, including all taxes, social and health insurances (only 260 USD reaches the employee after taxes).

Finally, donating to the Friends of the Rozmberk Society instead of direct help has the advantage that your money is handled through a secure and reliable US charity, your donations are tax-deductible, and we can control that the money is really spent as should be.

If you want to know more about the activities of the Czech Rozmberk Society, please visit their English web site or the site for the Ecomuseum Ruze with visors information about the Rozmberk museums and the region. Or you can click the Donate Now button.

 

Friends of the Rozmberk Society Inc is an Iowa-based non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation;
donations to the corporation are tax-deductible ( EIN/tax ID number: 30-0202715).

Visit our website at www.czechfriends.org

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© Robert Dulfer (2013)