Chase Fund for the Future of U.S. Classic Philately
The Classics Society has abundant opportunities to publish marvelous new works and to bring up-to-date standard works that in many ways time has passed by, all the while bringing more value and enjoyment to those who collect United States classic stamps and postal history. Work has already begun on the modernization of Lester Brookman’s three-volume “The United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century”. This is a large undertaking. The new version will require the expertise of at least 15 current collectors/dealers and collaboration with innumerable others. The advancements in knowledge that have occurred in the last 48 years make this new work essential to future collectors and students of classic U.S. Stamps. To continue generating interest in classic U.S. philately among future collectors, it is critical to present the essential information about each of the Classic U.S. issues in a single work that is updated to reflect the most current understanding of these important issues.
But, and there is a but, we cannot take advantage of all this abundance of riches with only our annual dues revenue. Your dues actually cover only a portion of the Society’s current operating expenses, quarterly journal publishing and mailing expenses. It takes special monetary donations from our members and friends to provide the resources to do things like we have done through the Chase Fund over the past few years:
- We have been able to digitize all the past issues of the Chronicle and make them available to ‘Search’ or ‘Browse’ on our dynamic online Web Chronicle. This truly put the Classics Society at the forefront of the digital age of philately. We have contracted a professional IT firm to correct OCR errors, to host the database and keep it current. This costs $20K plus annual maintenance.
- We are in the process of finalizing publication of a complete update of the American Stampless Cover Catalog and will be able to keep it up-to-date from now on with digital revisions. Cost is $26K plus annual maintenance.
- Right now, you are personally experiencing what is by far one of our most valuable benefits to our members, this website, which we have just successfully upgraded, enriched, and made more user friendly. We are sure you will make it a favorite site on your computer. Funds are required for hosting and maintenance, which we have contracted to a professional IT company.
Importantly, all these great achievement have been done through strong donor support. Instead of resting on our laurels, we want to continue to take advantage of great opportunities as they come our way. So we are asking you to consider giving to the Chase Fund (not just for the Digital Future, as it was originally named), but to the “Chase Fund for the Future of U.S. Classic Philately”.
All donations are tax deductible if you itemize deductions, since we are a qualified tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. You will promptly receive the required written acknowledgment for your tax records showing you made the gift. You will also be recognized in Society publications and on the webpage unless you request to remain anonymous. Many members have chosen to make multiple year Chase Fund pledges. This gives your Society the ability to better budget and plan for commencement and completion of donor supported projects. Why not join them? As projects are completed you too can point with pride and know “I helped make that happen”. And it is a gift that keeps on giving. Every time you use a book published through this program, do research online, or add to your collection because of something you have learned, you are really receiving a dividend back from your gift.
We have the following pledge levels (see PDF Form below), and each can be honored with payment over up to five years:
- GOLD Level – $5000
- VERMEIL Level – $2500
- SILVER Level – $1000
- BENEFACTOR – $500
- SPONSOR – $250
- CONTRIBUTOR – $100
- SUSTAINING – $50
You can set up your giving plan however it best meets your individual situation. Monthly, quarterly, annually – over one year or over multiple years – just contact the Chase Fund Chairman, Joe Crosby at , or at 5009 Barnsteeple Court, Oklahoma City, OK 73142-5405 and let us know what you would like to do.