We are still hanging on
For USA donors
This page is mainly for US donors. For donations from the Netherlands or the EU, please visit the relevant pages. Donations from the USA are not automatyically tax deductible at this time. For larger donations that must be tax deductable, please contact us directly at info (at) czechemigrationmuseum.com
For EU donors
At the moment, we are only registered with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration as a Public Benefit Corporation registered in another EU country (see above). If you want to make a larger tax-deductible donation from another EU country, please contact us directly at info (at) czechemigrationmuseum.com. For more information, also please visit our EU donation page (on our rozmberk.org site).
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. In addition, most EU projects now require an own contribution of 15%, making us permanently short of cash. In that situation, the COVID pandemic caused a significant loss especially in 2021, and depleted our cash reserves. Donating $20 or $50 will already help us.
The municipality of Jilovice-Kojakovice, the Town of Nove Hrady, and our local bank regulary support us, helping to cover the bare expenses.
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.
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Keeping our heritage and education centres open and our organziation active.
With the project funding for most EU projects, we have to pre- and co-finance our projects. Due to the COVID pandemic, our income over 2020 was less than expected. Many local sponsors and private donors had met financial restrictions as well, further reducing our income. As result, we have to use all our income to repay the last installments of our loan for the NETWORLD project. This means that we cannot participate in new projects and also have to restrict our cultural activities.
Most entrepreneurs or cultural institutions are elligible for support under the COVID pandemic laws. Unfortunateluy, according the Czech law, as a non-prfit we are not eligible for any support, neither cultural support nor entrepreneur support. All the losses due to the pandemic therefore have to be covered by income through donations.
First World War Exhibition
As part of the Interreg Danube project NETWORLD, the museum openend a new exhibition on the impact of World War I on the local communities. The exhibition completes the historic developments from the first failed revolution against the Hapsburg Emperor in 1848 to the Czech Independence in 1918. Part of the exhibition includes educational materials for schools which will be encouraged to visit the museum and include emgiration to the USA and the First Wirld War in their visit. Unfortunately, a large part of the exhibition has to be paid from our own sources, as must the new edcuation materials.
Thank you for your support
For who wants to read and know more:
why should you 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:
- You think that their heritage preservation and regional development activities are something worth supporting
- You realize that without help from foreign donations, a Czech non-profit cannot survive or operate a museum despite a healthy track record in project funding. European project funding simply does not pay for all costs and private donations are still not common in this post-communist country.
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. At these places, during the summer season we employ 2-6 people with support of the regional labor office. UNfortunately, here also we have to pay at least 25% co-fiancing.
Both visitor's places are too small to ask for high entrance fees and income from fees and our small gift shop is not enough to pay for all running costs. 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 par-time 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.
Your money also goes a long way. For example, the costs for employing one person for one month in our region is 900 USD, including all taxes, social and health insurances (of which only only 450 USD reaches the employee after taxes).
If you want to know more about the activities of the Czech Rozmberk Society, please visit the site for the Ecomuseum Ruze with visors information about the Rozmberk museums and the region. Or you can click the Donate Now button.
Visit our US website at www.czechfriends.org