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”.
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.