Frequently Asked Questions

The Founders Club

What is the Founders Club? How do I qualify?
Why should I notify NSDAR of my estate plans?

The Heritage Club

What is the Heritage Club? How do I qualify?
Can I receive Heritage Club credit for a donation made to local and state projects?
Can I receive Heritage Club credit for a donation made by my chapter?
Can a member receive Heritage Club credit for a donation made in their honor?
Can I make a donation in the name of another DAR member? Will she receive Heritage Club credit?
Can I receive Heritage Club credit for a Founders Club gift?

1890 Annual Giving Circle

What is the 1890 Annual Giving Circle? How do I qualify?
What is the minimum contribution to qualify for the 1890 Annual Giving Circle Pin?
How do I know what my current giving level is for the Heritage Club and 1890 Annual Giving Circle?
When can I order my annual bar?
When will I receive the benefits of my membership?

President General's Project

What is the President General's Project?
How can I support the President General's Project?
How will I be recognized for my donation to the President General's Project?
How can my chapter support the President General's Project?
Can I purchase a past President General's project pin?

Donor Wall

What is the donor wall?
Do donor wall contributions count toward my Heritage Club credit?
How will I know if my donor wall plate has been installed on the President General's donor wall?
I donated to the donor wall but cannot find my plate, what should I do?
Can I participate in a past President General's donor wall?

Direct Mail Program

What is the Direct Mail Program?
Why was I dropped from the Direct Mail Program and how do I get back on the list?
Can I opt to not receive Direct Mail pieces?
Do all donations to the President General's Project and the 1890 Annual Giving Circle qualify me to receive Direct Mail premiums?

Naming of NSDAR Property

What naming opportunities are available at NSDAR?

Donation and Contributions Form

What is the Donations and Contributions form? How is it used?
Should I forward my donations to my chapter and then to the state?
My donor history does not reflect all of the gifts I believe I made/checks written. What should I do?

Credit

If I donate directly to the Office of Development how will my chapter receive chapter achievement credit?
How will my chapter receive credit for donations made at Continental Congress?

Donation Pins

How do I purchase donation pins?

The Founders Club

What is the Founders Club? How do I qualify?

The Founders Club is a legacy society, established in 2005, to recognize all members and friends who make one of the following gift plans with the NSDAR as a primary beneficiary: bequest in a will or trust, beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan, or funding of a Charitable Gift Annuity.

Why should I notify NSDAR of my estate plans?

There are two reasons you should notify the NSDAR of your estate plans. The first reason is so that the NSDAR can help you with the wording of your bequest language so that your intentions can be properly carried out. The second reason is if you notify us of your intentions we can include you in special DAR events and ensure that you are properly recognized for your generosity.

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The Heritage Club

What is the Heritage Club? How do I qualify?

The Heritage Club is a cumulative giving society established in 1998 to recognize all members and friends who make cumulative contributions of $500 or more since 1998 to NSDAR programs. To qualify, a donor must make at least $500 in cumulative donations via the Donation and Contribution Form (DEV-1003) to a designated fund, the President General's Project, or to the 1890 Annual Giving Circle.

Can I receive Heritage Club credit for a donation made to local and state projects?

No, the Heritage Club is a National Cumulative Giving Society established in 1998 to recognize gifts to NSDAR. Donations made to support local and state projects do not count towards Heritage Club.

Can I receive Heritage Club credit for a donation made by my chapter?

No, the Heritage Club was established to recognize individuals making donations. State and chapter funds cannot be used for individual credit.

Can a member receive Heritage Club credit for a donation made in their honor?

No, only the individual donor can receive Heritage Club credit for a donation.

Can I make a donation in the name of another DAR member? Will she receive Heritage Club credit?

Yes, you can make a donation for another member. The Donation will be credited to the member's name only.

Can I receive Heritage Club credit for a Founders Club gift?

No, as of November 2nd, 2009, the Heritage Club and the Founders Club are now two separate entities. This means that you are no longer able to receive Heritage Club credit for a planned gift. Those who have qualified for Heritage Club through a Founders Club gift prior to November 2nd, 2009, will maintain their status in both clubs.

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1890 Annual Giving Circle

What is the 1890 Annual Giving Circle? How do I qualify?

The 1890 Annual Giving Circle is an opportunity for members to support the NSDAR General Fund on a continuous Fiscal Year basis. The Fiscal Year runs from January 1- December 31. To qualify, members can donate on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis until they reach a minimum of $500 with the fiscal year. Donations can be made through the Direct Mail Program, the Donations and Contributions Form, and online. When you reach $500 within the fiscal year, you are eligible to purchase the pin. You will not receive your bar until the next Fiscal Year.

What is the minimum contribution to qualify for the 1890 Annual Giving Circle Pin?

The minimum donation is $500 each Fiscal Year. The donations can be made outright or cumulatively.

How do I know what my current giving level is for the Heritage Club and 1890 Annual Giving Circle?

Please contact the Office of Development at 1(800)449-1776 or via email development@dar.org.

When can I order my annual bar?

You can purchase the annual bar on March 1st of the following Fiscal Year.

When will I receive the benefits of my membership?

Members will receive their membership benefits for the 1890 Annual Giving Circle the following Fiscal Year after the minimum donation of $500 has been made.

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President General's Project

What is the President General's Project?

Every administration, the President General undertakes projects to support and promote during her tenure. The President General's Project allows the current administration to take on a relevant pressing need that embodies the mission of the National Society.

How can I support the President General's Project?

There are several ways to support the President General's project. You may make donations to the project through the Direct Mail Program to the Spring Address Labels Mailing or the Fall Calendar Mailing. You can also contribute using the Donations and Contributions form or online.

How will I be recognized for my donation to the President General's Project?

If you make a contribution of $100 you will qualify to purchase the Donor Pin from Hamilton Jewelers. If you make a contribution of $1,000 you will receive the Benefactor Pin as a gift. Contributions to the President General's Project also count towards Heritage Club credit.

How can my chapter support the President General's Project?

Chapters may support the President General's Project by having each member pay $2 per year for the President General's three-year term; your chapter will then receive a national certificate recognizing 100% participation.

Can I purchase a past President General's Project pin?

Yes, you may purchase past President General's Project pins if you have met the minimum contribution and there are still pins in stock at Hamilton Jewelers. Please contact Hamilton Jewelers at 1(800)786-5890 to inquire about availability.

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Donor Wall

What is the donor wall?

The donor wall, located at National Headquarters, is designed each administration to recognize donors who have supported the President General's Project with a minimum one time contribution of $250. The giving levels range from $250 to $10,000. Members may also choose to honor a loved one on the donor wall. Please note that donations must be made specifically toward the donor wall and that only one time donations qualify the donor for a plaque. Please contact the Development Associate at 202-879-3285 about the availability of the nameplates.

Do donor wall contributions count toward my Heritage Club credit?

Yes, donor wall contributions count toward Heritage Club credit.

How will I know if my plate has been installed on the President General's donor wall?

The Office of Development will notify you with a letter once your plate has been posted on the President General's donor wall.

I donated to the donor wall but cannot find my plate, what should I do?

Please contact the Office of Development at 1(800)449-1776 or via email development@dar.org.

Can I participate in a past President General's donor wall?

Yes, provided there is space available. Please contact the Office of Development at 1(800)449-1776 or via email development@dar.org for availability.

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Direct Mail Program

What is the Direct Mail Program?

The Direct Mail Program was established to secure funding for the President General's Project and the NSDAR General Fund. Premiums are mailed out four times a year. Donations to the spring and fall mailings (address labels and wall calendar) support the President General's Project and donations to the summer and winter mailings (pillow, blanket, hand towel, scarf, etc.) support the NSDAR General Fund and provides credit for 1890 Annual Giving Circle.

Why was I dropped from the Direct Mail Program and how do I get back on the list?

If you have not donated any of the four direct mailings within the last five years your name is dropped from the list. New members are automatically placed on the Direct Mail list for their first year of membership. If a new member has not donated within their first year they are dropped from the list. Please contact the Office of Development if you wish to make a donation to the Direct Mail Program at 1(800)449-1776.

Can I opt to not receive Direct Mail pieces?

Yes, simply call the Office of Development and request to be removed from the list. You may also specify if you would only like to receive certain items.

Do all donations to the President General's Project and the 1890 Annual Giving Circle qualify me to receive Direct Mail premiums?

No, the Direct Mail Program is just one of several ways you can donate to the programs at NSDAR. If you wish to continue receiving or would like to receive the premiums you must donate through the Direct Mail Program using the reply devices enclosed or by specifying your gift toward the Direct Mail Program when contacting the Office of Development. However, if you do not wish to receive the premiums but would still like to support these programs, you can donate through the Donations and Contributions Form or online.

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Naming of NSDAR Property

What naming opportunities are available at NSDAR?

On occasion NSDAR seeks to recognize the efforts and contributions of individuals by the naming of buildings, portions of building, rooms, fixed furniture, trees, open spaces, and equipment. Before these can be named, the National Board of Management, upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee, must pass a ruling accepting the gift and agree to the naming of the property.

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Donation and Contributions Form

What is the Donations and Contributions Form? How is it used?

The Donations and Contributions Form lists all donation funds and must be used to make all donations, with the sole exceptions of the donor wall and the Direct Mail Program.

Should I forward my donations to my chapter and then to the state?

No, all donations are to be sent directly to Office of Development at National Headquarters or through the reply devices included in the direct mail packages.

My donor history does not reflect all of the gifts I believe I made/checks written. What should I do?

If your donor history does not reflect all of the gifts you believe you have made since 1998, please consult your bank statement. Then contact the Office of Development with proof of a cashed check or a credit card statement.

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Credit

If I donate directly to the Office of Development how will my chapter receive chapter achievement credit?

The State Chapter Achievement Chairman will verify all donations made directly to the Office of Development using the Voluntary Contributions/Donation Report for CAA Section 9, located on e-Membership. This report lists all donations made by individuals and chapters listed in Section 9 that meet the requirement.

How will my chapter receive credit for donations made at Continental Congress?

The State Chapter Achievement Chairman will verify all donations made directly to the Office of Development using the Voluntary Contributions/Donation Report for CAA Section 9, located on e-Membership. This report lists all donations made by individuals and chapters listed in Section 9 that meet the requirement.

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Donation Pins

How do I purchase donation pins?

Once the minimum amount for the donation pin is made, a member may contact Hamilton Jewelers at 1(800)786-5890 or online. Please consult the website or the Donations and Contributions Form to find out the minimum donation amount required to purchase each fund's pin.

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