DONATE TO THE AMERICAN ROSE SOCIETY
Why your gift matters...
The generosity of donors like you provides ongoing annual support for the American Rose Society member focused programs and services.
Planned gifts help to ensure the future of our 127-year-old organization, the oldest, national, single-plant horticultural society in the country, whose mission is promotion and appreciation of America’s National Floral Emblem, the rose.
As with most membership organizations, dues from ARS members make up less than 40 percent of our annual operating budget. In order to accomplish our mission, we must raise the remainder of funds from business operations and through contributions. With the leadership of key ARS volunteers, the Annual Fund has grown from a mere handful of dedicated donors to hundreds of individuals who give generously to support the important work of ARS. Thank you.
Gift Recognition Levels
Friend: $1 - $99
Donor: $100 - $199
Patron: $200 - $999
Steward: $1,000 - $4,999
Sustainer: $5,000 - $9,999
Benefactor: $10,000 and above
One Patron pin per donation will be sent to those donating at or above the $200 Patron level in a given year.
Matching Contributions: *Some employers will match your contribution to ARS. Please check the list of companies or contact your human resources department for more information.
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Perpetual Blooming Program: Support the American Rose Society with a scheduled credit card donation. You choose the donation amount and frequency; monthly or quarterly.
Legacy Giving — ARS Heritage Members
Philanthropy is a tradition of giving and sharing that is a voluntary action for the common good. Including ARS in your will, designating ARS as beneficiary of an insurance policy, IRA or 401K, or making a gift through other various estate planning vehicles, ensures your legacy for future generations.
We recognize our very generous donors for their current and deferred planned giving philanthropy as ARS Heritage Members. We invite you to make a difference by joining these donors and becoming a Charter ARS Heritage Member as well.
Planned Gifts can be directed to the following areas:
For General Purposes of the organization
ARS Endowment Trust — Provides funds for society operations.
ARS Maintenance Endowment Trust — Supports the gardens of the American Rose Center.
ARS Education Endowment Trust — Provides funds for the development, publication and distribution of education materials on the culture of the rose, the establishment and advancement of local rose societies and otherwise for the benefit of the ARS.
ARS Research Endowment Trust — Provides funds for research on the historical origin, identification, breeding and culture of the rose and otherwise for the benefit of the ARS.
Additional information, plus free, confidential consultation with our experienced staff is available on these and other estate and gift planning topics. Please contact Lucy Medvec, National Director of Development or Jon Corkern, Executive Director at the American Rose Society, (800)637-6534, to learn more about how we can be of assistance to you. We also urge all donors to consult with your financial and legal advisors for a full discussion of the implications of any planned gift.
WHAT IS CRYPTOCURRENCY?
Cryptocurrency, also known as Virtual Currency or “Crypto,” is a digital asset designed to function as an alternative to sovereign fiat currency (US Dollars, for example) whereby transactions between two parties are verified through a public, distributed ledger, also known as a blockchain. Most people think of Bitcoin and/or Ether when they hear the word “Crypto,” and while Bitcoin is the original cryptocurrency and most widely followed, there are a number of cryptocurrencies currently available.
WHAT IS THE ENGIVEN PLATFORM?
The Engiven platform is a third party vendor provided donation software technology that enables nonprofits to safely and securely receive cryptocurrency donations and then convert those donations into usable fiat currency such as US dollars. Learn more about Engiven here.
IS IT LEGAL FOR THE ARS TO ACCEPT DONATIONS OF CRYPTOCURRENCY?
Yes. It is lawful for a nonprofit to accept a donation in the form of a cryptocurrency. On March 2014, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that Bitcoin is treated as property for tax purposes (IRS Notice 2014-21).
HOW ARE CRYPTOCURRENCY DONATIONS TREATED FOR FEDERAL TAX PURPOSES?
For U.S. tax purposes, transactions using virtual currency must be reported in U.S. dollars. Therefore, taxpayers will be required to determine the fair market value of virtual currency in U.S. dollars as of the date of donation. If a virtual currency is listed on an exchange and the exchange rate is established by market supply and demand, the fair market value of the virtual currency is determined by converting the virtual currency into U.S. dollars (or into another real currency which in turn can be converted into U.S. dollars) at the exchange rate, in a reasonable manner that is consistently applied. Donors who give cryptocurrency donations to The American Rose Society will receive an electronic donation receipt (through the Engiven donation platform) in US dollars with comprehensive details about each transaction.
IS THE PROCESS OF GIVING CRYPTOCURRENCY SAFE AND SECURE?
As with any form of electronic payment or transaction, there are risks, however, our vendor Engiven has created certain safeguards they believe are needed to ensure that the transaction is secure. With the transfer of cryptocurrency from donor to nonprofit, Engiven believes the transaction can actually be more secure than many other forms of payment, provided certain protocols are followed: 1) By using the Engiven platform, both the nonprofit and the donor are required to undergo a simple but effective Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) screening which provides a high level of background security to ensure both parties are properly screened. 2) As with any cryptocurrency transaction, when transferring your tokens to The American Rose Society's wallet to make a donation, do not expose or share your wallet’s private keys at any time.