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For many of us, the code 501(c)(3) means nothing, but in the US it is very important, it means that financial and object donations to a registered charity can be tax deductable for American tax payers.

From May 2019, the Textile Research Centre, Leiden (TRC Leiden) and the Tracing Patterns Foundation, Berkeley (TPF) will be working together to raise funds for textile studies and textile craftspeople worldwide.

The Tracing Patterns Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organisation based in California and headed by textile scholar and curator Dr. Sandra Sardjono. All financial and object donations made through the TPF are tax deductible for US tax payers.

With this wonderful partnership, donors are now able to support the TRC Leiden in two main ways:

  • US-based donors may donate via the TPF: the relevant donation forms can be found at https://tracingpatterns.org/donate.html.
  • Financial donations should be made out to the Tracing Patterns Foundation with a pledge statement mentioning the “TRC Leiden fund”.
  • Donations of actual objects through the Tracing Patterns Foundation, and with 501(c)(3), must be pre-arranged through the TRC Leiden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

And we already have had a donation of Nigerian textiles from Prof. Joanne Eicher, one of the world’s leading authorities on dress and identity and a specialist in African textiles and garments, and those from Nigeria in particular. We are very honoured that Prof. Eicher has so kindly given these pieces. They will soon be available for viewing via the TRC Collection online.

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Hogewoerd 164
2311 HW Leiden.
Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 /
+31 (0)6 28830428  

The TRC is open again from Tuesday, 2nd June, but by appointment only.

Bank account number:
NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59,
Stichting Textile Research Centre

TRC Gallery exhibition:
5 Febr. -27 August 2020: American Quilts

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The TRC is dependent on project support and individual donations. All of our work is being carried out by volunteers. To support the TRC activities, we therefore welcome your financial assistance: donations can be transferred to bank account number NL39 INGB 000 298 2359, in the name of the Stichting Textile Research Centre.
Since the TRC is officially recognised as a non-profit making cultural institution (ANBI), donations are tax deductible for 125% for individuals, and 150% for commercial companies. For more information, click here
Financial donations to the TRC can also be made via Paypal: