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.
Former NAGC Board Chairman Paul Larson and his wife Dianne have issued a matching challenge grant to NAGC members and friends. Paul and Dianne will match dollar for dollar all new pledges and/or gifts received before December 31, 2020 up to $10,000.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 40 years, donors have been committed to building endowments that work in perpetuity to advance our mission.
New endowments are usually created from donations of $25,000 or more, whether such important gifts are made at one time or spread over a period of years. See below for a short description of the endowments that support NAGC.
We invite you to consider adding your donation of any size to one of the Center’s existing endowed funds, 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.
Robert C. Christensen, a long-time NAGC member, established this endowed fund in 2015 through his bequest of an individual retirement account. The income from this fund supports the ongoing mission of the Center.
Established in 2012 by the Cramer Legacy Fund and its originator, Pearl M. Cramer, this fund supports the operating expenses of the Center.
This legacy gift for operating support was made in 2014 and 2015 by the Mary M. Embertson Trust, representing the legacy philanthropic support of NAGC members, Mary and Hugh Embertson.
In general support of NAGC’s mission and purpose, the Huebner Endowment Fund was created in 2015 by the bequest of Dan Huebner, our former Board Chairman and Chairman Emeritus.
Established by the bequest of Trygve Lønnebotn, this fund supports the general operating expenses of the Center. Since its inception in 2014, the Lønnebotn Endowment has been augmented by donations from members of Trygve’s family and circle of friends.
Established in 2007 by NAGC members Jane L. Loper and Carl R. Loper, Jr., this endowed fund is invested to produce annual income devoted to the acquisition of library research materials about Northern Norway.
Since 2001, many donors recognizing the important work in research and publication carried out by the Naeseth Chair have together built the fund to support the work of this NAGC staff position. Each year, donations both large and small are added to this important source of support for the Center’s research work.
Producing income for operating expenses, this fund 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 each gift was invested as a perpetual source of operating support. The Life and Fellow membership categories have been discontinued, but persons holding these levels of membership have been “grandfathered” 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.
This endowment, made up of funds from a variety of sources including several bequests, produces annual income to support operating expenses.
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: email@example.com
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.
“Thank you very much for the photos! I, and the rest of the group, loved to be at the Naeseth Library. Wish we could have more time for searching in your archives. I returned to Norway in the afternoon yesterday. The rest of our trip was enjoyable too, and I think the moments I will remember forever is our visit to the Library, my meeting with Kelvin, the concert on the Capitol Square in Madison, Nordic Fest in Decorah and when we met Ph. D. Odd Lovoll at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Thank you for a very interesting visit at Naeseth Library.”
- Oddny (Norway)