Like so many other cultural organizations, the Southern Oregon Historical Society has canceled most if not all of its activities and events through the summer due to Covid-19. Unfortunately, this has not canceled our bills. In spite of fiscally conservative measures taken by the SOHS Board since 2016 to assure its sustainability, we need your support now more than ever, be it a monetary donation or help with something on our 'wish list.'
Here are the ways you can help today:
Monetary Donations—Take Advantage of the CARES Act’s Charitable Giving Incentive
In order to promote charitable giving during this economic downturn, the CARES Act included a charitable giving incentive. All taxpayers, even those who take the standard deduction, can deduct up to $300 for charitable gifts made in 2020 ($600 for a married couple). The bill also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent to 100 percent of adjusted gross income. For corporations, the bill raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent.
Non-Monetary Donations—Our “Wish List”
In addition to monetary donations, SOHS also needs various goods. Our current wish list includes the following: a riding lawnmower, a working tractor, and a security system. If you are interested in donating any of these items, please contact Sheila Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renew your membership, increase your membership level, or switch to a sustaining membership. Now, more than ever, we need the support of our members.
Our board, volunteers, and staff are working hard to maintain appropriate SOHS services and pursue financial support. We have applied for the Oregon Community Foundation Community Recovery Fund and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and assistance through Payroll Protection. We are maintaining contact with state and national coalitions that are working with funders, and will continue to pursue opportunities for assistance as they become available. Even so, the need among the nonprofit community is far greater than the recovery funds available. Please help as you are able.
And in the meantime, enjoy Southern Oregon History at home! Check out our front page for online resources, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily doses of history.