How To Do a Good Deed for the VSA
As with any membership organization, there is always a critical need to raise additional funds to keep the Victorian Society running in the black.
Good surplus furniture and furnishings can be of great value to the Society. Instead of simply disposing of these things, take them to a consignment shop in your area. Consignment should be made in the name of the VSA, so that at the time of sale the check will be made payable to and sent to The Victorian Society in America.
The donor is responsible for obtaining an appraisal to establish the retail value, and the donor may use this appraised value as a contribution to the VSA for income tax purposes. Good photographs of the item(s) and a good written description (which includes statement of condition) must be provided if the appraiser is off site. The VSA can offer suggestions if the donor does not know a qualified appraiser.
When items are sold and payment is received, the VSA will send an acknowledgement letter to the donor thanking the donor for his or her gift. The end result of this process is that both the donor and the recipient benefit--a true win/win situation.
By C. Dudley Brown
(C. Dudley Brown, FASID, is a professional interior designer and a long standing board member of the Society.)
For further information please contact:
THE VICTORIAN SOCIETY IN AMERICA
1636 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103