Silicon Valley Woodturners Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. As you might have read from our website, we are dedicated to education. Educating the members about wood turning. We have teamed up with the Santa Clara High School to help the next generation of kids learn wood working and wood turning skills.
Why you should donate to Silicon Valley Woodturners than to some other charity organization?
We are a fully volunteer organization. There is no money taken from your donation for administrative costs. 100% of the money goes directly to the cause you care about, that is education. Other charity organizations all use a part of your donation towards administrative costs. That can vary depending on the organization, but can sometimes be a substantial part of your donation.
SVW teaches pen turning to high school students
The Santa Clara High School has a wood shop and a wood shop teacher. SVW donates our time and materials to teach pen turning to the students. You can read more about it under /education-for-kids/pen-turning-project-2018. You can also learn about the different projects we have done with the school in /education-for-kids.
How does donating to SVW help you?
First of all there is no substitute for the happiness you get from it and the thought that your donation goes towards education. As a 501(c)(3) organization, any donation you make to us is tax deductible. (note: we do not give tax advice. You can learn about 501(c)(3) organization tax status from the IRS website). You can be rest assured that every penny will go towards education.
Once you have made the donation, you will get a thank you note from the club president/treasurer, a letter stating that you have made a tax deductible donation and a receipt that you can use for tax purposes.
There is no lower or upper limit to how much you may donate. $5, $20, $500, $10,000, are all possible scenarios. When you make your donation, you can specify (in the comment box) how your donation should be spent. The 3 options are as follows:
Specify that the donation should go towards the education of school kids at Santa Clara High School. In this case we will spend it towards the purchase of wood and tools for the school's wood working shop. You can learn more about the work we do with the school by visiting our web page Education for Kids if you haven't already done so.
Specify that the donation be used for the education of the members of the club. The donation will get used for professional demos and purchase of tools for the club.
If you do not specify, the board will make the best judgement of how it will be used.
Note: Once you have submitted the form, the treasurer of the club will contact you to let you know how to make the payment.