SAH/SCC would like to thank Svetlana Petrovic for naming our organization as a beneficiary of her employer’s matching fund donation program. As some of you may know, Svetlana is a talented graphic artist, who designs the newsletter for us and who set the tone and feeling of our website when we launched it several years ago. The donation is much appreciated!
SAH/SCC is unusual among nonprofit organizations, as we keep operating expenses to a minimum and fund them exclusively through annual memberships. Our all-volunteer board members generously donate their time to create and staff events ranging from free educational programs and lectures to home-tours, salons, and behind-the-scene peeks at architectural exhibitions that enrich our understanding of Southern California’s built environment. We pride ourselves on the fact that we focus on serving members and the public, not on the solicitation of donations. Think about it: SAH/SCC was probably the only nonprofit organization that didn’t ask you for money at the end of last year.
That said, donations provide the extra cushion that allows us to keep ticket prices reasonable, process credit card transactions, upgrade the website, and provide other perks whenever possible.
While checks directly from members are always much appreciated, Svetlana’s thoughtful gift demonstrates that there are many ways of contributing. Your employer may have a donation program, a matching program, or a corporate foundation that gives grants to community-based organizations. There are also opportunities for planned giving—ensuring the sustainability of an organization by naming it a beneficiary of a will or insurance policy. Even the smallest gift can make a difference to an organization our size. SAH/SCC is a 501(c)3 organization with proof of tax-exempt status.
However you chose to support SAH/SCC, the entire board thanks you. Of course, encouraging your friends and colleagues who care about our built environment to become members is another active way to support the organization.
This looks to be an exciting year, and the board is energized with a number of events planned that span the architectural gamut from period revival, to modern to contemporary. Few places have the rich architectural history that Southern California does. We look forward to celebrating it with you for many more years to come.