Support the American Sokol with an online donation or send a check made payable to American Sokol denoting the name of the fund in the Notes line and mail to: American Sokol Office, 9126 Ogden Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513.
Please SELECT ONLY ONE FUND to donate to below to have your donation applied to that specific fund.
GATEWAY TO THE FUTURE FUND
During the celebration of the 150th anniversary, a capital campaign developed into an internal grant program. This fund has grown through contributions from the 3-year “150 Club” campaign run by the Foundation, 2017 Slet banquet proceeds, and other grants on record which the Executive Board allowed to be moved/reallocated. The fund has awarded over $90,000 to units since its inception. The business goal is to “GROW” this program, so it becomes an endowment that grants money to units annually. Grants have assisted more than 15 different units with gymnastic equipment; energy-saving projects; assistance after tragic environment events (hurricane, flooding, etc.); fire safety, parking pavement repair; gym heaters; kitchen convection ovens; roof repair; etc. Contributors include Western Fraternal Life and the 2019 Czech Ministry grant. Currently an application for the 2020 Czech Ministry has been made. By 2022, a base of $250,000 and the set-up of this fund as endowed, is the goal allowing at least $10,000 annually to be distributed every year forward. #ILGIVE social media promotion each December will be utilized to stimulate giving to this fund.
FUTURE SOKOL LEADERS FUND
Established in 1960, this fund provides financial assistance for the training and education of youth members to become able administrators, advocates and instructors of American Sokol. The FSLF has contributed to the success of the American Sokol National Instructor School and has funded the annual Merit Awards through the Education Committee of American Sokol, which provides financial assistance toward College Educations. Grant applications takes place each summer and is managed by the FSLF Administrator, Sister Maryann Fiordelis (as of 7/2015 appointment through the Financial Secretary SOP III. C. 1. 1/26/2016) who holds a seat on the ASO Foundation Committee with a vote. This fund holds several different grants received from both inside ASO. By 2022, a base of $500,000 and the set-up of this fund as endowed, is the goal allowing at least $20,000 annually for grants to the Instructor’s School, Merit Awards, and similar programming. #ILGIVE social media promotion each December will be utilized to stimulate giving to this fund.
AM. SOKOL LIBRARY and ARCHIVES FUND – EDUCATION COMMITTEE
In its over 150- year history, American Sokol has acquired a significant collection of treasures. With recent funding from an internal American Sokol Foundation Grant (2017-present) Past perfect software was purchased. This program stores artifacts, documents, photos, artwork, books, Slet memorabilia, Sokol manuals, and much more in a database which thus far has recorded over 3,200 items. In process is the uploading of collection pictures/ information to the website: americansokol.pastperfectonline.com. Internal grants through the American Sokol Foundation were utilized to purchase gold guard museum quality cabinets for storage and pay a part time archivist. With the 2019 Czech Ministry Grant, additional archival supplies have been purchased and a retractable banner for display has just recently been created which is available for units and districts to borrow for functions. These ongoing projects require continued financial assistance.
GIFTS, MEMORIALS, SPECIAL TRIBUTES, MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS……………The American Sokol Organization regularly receives donations through the annual gift programming (“SEALS”) program; members, friends, and relatives choosing to give memorials and or tributes; Special occasion events which may be towards the merit scholarships; etc.
OTHER WAYS TO ASSIST WITH THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN SOKOL
ANNUITY GIFTS - Support the American Sokol with a Charitable Gift Annuity and receive steady income for life. You may also receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction for your gift.
IRA ROLLOVER GIFTS - The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows those 70 ½ and older to donate as much as $100,000 of IRA account assets each year directly to one or more public charities. Your donation will count as part of your required annual IRA payout and must be made directly to a charity, not a donor-advised fund or grant-making foundation, to quality. To learn more, please contact Sister Meribeth Tooke, Foundation Director at email@example.com, or by calling the office at (708) 255-5397 or Sister Meribeth (708) 721-3196, or by consulting your financial advisor or bank/investment institution. Please indicate how this type of donation can be acknowledged.
All donations above $25 will be acknowledged in writing for your documentation/verification. Beginning with the 1994 tax year, the Internal Revenue Service requires non-profit organizations to provide donors with a good faith estimate of the value of any benefits received as a result of their contribution. When a donor calculates a charitable contribution deduction, the value of any related benefits received by the donor must be subtracted from the amount of the contribution. If a benefit is immediately known, it is listed. Benefits considered insubstantial by the IRS (consult applicable regulations for the current year) do not need to be considered when determining the tax deductibility of a contribution. Please consult your tax advisor with any specific questions or concerns