The Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library depends upon the financial and gift-in-kind support of its members and friends throughout the world. Gifts of all sizes are essential to the work of the NAGC & NL, a non-profit organization of international scope dedicated to preserving Norwegian-American history and heritage.
Annual fund gifts comprise a vital source of support for NAGC & NL operations. These gifts will be recognized in the Annual Report (unless anonymity is requested).
A gift in any category may be designated a memorial or tribute to honor ancestors or current family members.
NAGC & NL welcomes special donations for program support. Gifts to promote staff development, research services, library resources, building and grounds, education and outreach, preservation and conservation, as well as event sponsorship, are all needed and appreciated. Choose an area of interest, and please engage us in a discussion about the Center’s needs for these special programs. For more information, please call the development office at 608-255-2224 or email: email@example.com
Donation of research materials (books, publications, photos, documents, periodicals) are the life-blood of the Naeseth Library, attracting researchers from around the world. Research materials may be current, unique, rare, antique, or hard-to-find.
One of the easiest ways to make a planned gift is to provide a gift for NAGC in your will. Bequests may include a dollar amount or other assets, such as securities, real estate, or tangible personal property. You may also designate a residuary bequest to the Center: all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after other obligations are met. For the purposes of estate tax considerations, all bequests to the NAGC are fully tax-deductible. We suggest you discuss your plan with your attorney or financial adviser. The Center would be pleased to consult with you about your bequest planning. Bequests may be donated to create endowments or to support any of the Center’s ongoing work.
Today, a wide range of planning options are available to donors of planned gifts to non-profit organizations. The Center urges you to investigate leveraging your philanthropic reach by creating a charitable remainder trust, a charitable lead trust, or a charitable gift annuity. These plans, as well as gifts of retirement assets, life insurance, real estate, and gifts-in-kind all create many options as you consider the methods available to help the NAGC with a legacy gift.
For over 30 years, donors have been committed to insuring the future of the NAGC, through memberships, donations, volunteer work, gifts-in-kind, and by building the endowments that are put to work in perpetuity to produce income for the work of the Center. New endowments are usually created from donations of $25,000 or more, whether such important gifts are made at one time, or over a period of years. Here is a short description of the endowments that support the NAGC. We invite you to consider adding your donation of any size to one of the Center’s existing endowments. Or you may wish to discuss your plans to create a named endowment with a specific scope and purpose that may honor an ancestor or loved one, creating in perpetuity an important source of support for the Center’s work.
This investment fund produces income each year for operating support. This endowment is made up of funds donated from a variety of sources, including several bequests.
Donors recognizing the important work in research and publication carried out by the Naeseth Chair at NAGC have built this endowment over the years, the income from which supports the expenses of research and publication of the five-volume biographical dictionary of Norwegian immigrants to the United States.
The endowed fund produces income for operating each year and is made up of a portion of all life and fellow memberships that were earlier issued by the Center. At the time of these donations, a portion of the income was invested in this endowment as a perpetual source of operating support. The life and fellow categories of membership have been discontinued, but persons holding those levels of memberships have been “grandfathered” into the membership and continue to receive all the benefits of membership for their lifetimes.
Please see the membership page for information on the current levels of NAGC membership.
Established in 2007 by board member David J. Hardy, this endowment is invested and produces income each year for the ongoing operating expenses of the Center. The donor has also designated that these invested funds may be spent for operational needs at the discretion of the board of directors.
Established in 2007 by NAGC members Jane L. Loper and Carl R. Loper, Jr., these endowed funds are invested to produce annual income devoted to the acquisition of library research materials of Northern Norway.
Throughout over 40 years of operation, NAGC & NL has received wonderful support from private, family foundations, as well as from several institutional foundation sources. We often apply for special project support from foundations, and these sources have also contributed to build our endowments. If you are associated with a family foundation, a donor-advised fund, or have information about a foundation that might support our mission, we would be delighted to hear from you. For more information, please call the development office at 608-255-2224 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although NAGC & NL was founded by Professor Gerhard B. Naeseth in 1974, the NAGC & NL first began operating as an independent entity in January, 2007. Chartered as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Wisconsin, the NAGC & NL has enjoyed great support from across the country during its transition to complete operational independence. To recognize this impressive outpouring of support, and to report to its wide membership, annual reports are issued each year. The Annual Report includes the names of the many donors of time, talent, and treasure who give so much during each calendar year. These Reports are one small way to thank these donors and to acknowledge the growing NAGC & NL community. Printed copies of Annual Reports are distributed to all members and friends and are available upon request.
By becoming a member, you not only gain benefits for your family history research, you also support a worthy cause.
Your annual membership helps you, your family, and a wide community discover their roots and preserve a treasured heritage.
“We recognize the importance of this work to the Norwegian-American community, as well as to Norwegians themselves. And you do it very, very well. I know from personal experience your staff is amazing. As a volunteer guide at Vesterheim, I often get inquiries about ancestors and genealogy. It’s great to be able to refer them to you with enthusiasm and confidence.”
- David (Iowa)