Skip to content
Help us protect important historic sites across Europe.
Donate

We would like to thank the generous donors across the United States who have supported hundreds of projects through the Commission since Congress created our agency in 1985.

Through your support, the Commission is able to fund community-led projects in our partner countries.

When donating please indicate the project to which you are donating in the donation form. If you are interested in supporting a Commission project but do not have a specific project in mind, you can contribute to the Global Fund. Donations to the Global Fund go towards a wide variety of projects in our partner countries that are not yet fully funded.

The U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad has the authority to accept donations as a 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and are deductible as charitable contributions under section 170(a).

General
Fundraising

Donation FAQs

Concerned US citizens and organizations notify the Commission that sites related to American heritage are being threatened. The Commission spends many hours relationship-building with local organizations, leaders and diplomats in partner countries as well as US Embassy staff. In order to create a Commission project, we must identify a local organization or entity willing to lead the project on the ground. This organization becomes our partner through a grant agreement and facilitates the project.

Every penny! Your entire donation to the Commission will be directed to a Commission project. No part of your donation will be used to cover staff or overhead costs. The Commission office is supported by funds Congressionally appropriated for the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad and cannot be offset through donations.

Yes. All donations to the Commission are gifts to the United States for exclusively public purposes within the meaning of section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and are deductible as charitable contributions under section 170(a). After a donation is made, a thank you letter stating the amount of the donation will be sent. This letter can be used as a tax receipt. The name on the tax receipt will reflect the name submitted when making the donation. The Commission’s tax identification number is 521741620.

Yes. After a donation is made, a thank you letter will be generated stating the amount of the donation that was made. This letter can be used as a tax receipt. The name on the tax receipt will reflect the name of the individual or organization submitted when making the donation.

There are a few reasons a project may not appear on the website. Occasionally, projects have not yet been formally approved by the Commission and so have not yet reached fundraising status. In other cases, a project may have already reached its fundraising goal and was taken off the website.

If a project is not on the website, or if you need additional information, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call our office at 202-254-3824.

Projects are only able to fundraise up to the amount that is requested, per the grant agreement. Commission staff work diligently to remove a project from the website as soon as it is funded. However, there is a 24-hour delay in reconciling the amounts donated via the donation portal and staff receiving confirmation that the project is fully funded. Donations raised in excess of the amount in the grant agreement will be allocated to the Commission’s Global Fund to support other worthy projects in need of support.

The Commission’s Global Fund allows donors to support Commission projects even if they do not have a specific project, country, or issue in mind. The Commission’s Global Fund provides vital support to our partners as they engage in impactful projects in our partner countries.

Yes. If you are donating online, please select I wish to donate in honor or memory of someone” in the donation form.

Although donating online is the fastest way to fund a Commission project, you may also donate by mail.

You can send a check to:

US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad
633 3rd Street, NW
Suite 515
Washington, DC 20001

Please include a tracking number and share with Commission staff at: [email protected] so that we can make sure we can track and confirm receipt.

Please make checks payable to “US Commission PAHA” and complete this donation form [PDF]. Please also note the projects name in the memo section of the check.

It may take your check up to six weeks to be processed, so it’s possible that, by that point, the project will be fully funded. If this occurs, your gift will be contributed toward another approved Commission project.

In-kind donations to the Commission are considered on a case-by-case basis. All donations must support the mission of the Commission and be accepted by the Chair. Additionally, the Commission cannot not incur a cost burden when accepting an in-kind donation. If you have a question regarding an in-kind donation, please email [email protected]

The easiest way to make a donation from outside the United States is on our website. Online donations can be made via credit card or ACH. In very rare circumstances, you may encounter issues with address verification. If this happens, you can also make a donation by mail or over the phone.

If you wish to include the Commission as a beneficiary in your will, we recommend that you include in the document, “U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, agency of the United States government.” Because the Commission works in countries in eastern and central Europe, we recommend that bequests be as general as possible (e.g., “supporting Commission projects”). If you wish to specify the country in which you would like your bequest to be used, we recommend you include language to allow for any possible changes in geo-political situations. For example, “If my bequest cannot be used to support the specific projects I have identified, I authorize the Commission to use the bequest for other activities that further the mission of the Commission.”

If you have any additional questions about bequests, please e-mail us at info@heritageabroad or call our office at 202-254-3824.

The Commission welcomes the support of its large donors whose gifts exceed $10,000 or more in a calendar year. The Commission works with its donors to support approved Commission projects through an established framework. The framework is defined in the Commission Donor Terms and Conditions [PDF]. These terms and conditions ensure that the Commission can safeguard its mission and ensure that the donor experience is relevant and uniform to all donors.

Back To Top