Why is Shumla asking for pledges across the four years (2017-2020) of the Alexandria Project?
To build a lasting financial foundation for the project and to spend as little money on raising money as possible. Every non-profit must raise funds. Pledge giving allows us to spend the greatest majority of our funds on the Alexandria Project and not on fundraising.
How much is Shumla hoping to raise in individual pledges?
Our goal is to raise $400,000 in pledge gifts extending over the four years of the project. With the $100,000 match each year this will total $800,000. That's a quarter of our needed $3 Million for the four-year project. With foundation and corporate support we will be set up for success!
How much has been raised thus far?
We have received pledges totaling $185,000 so far. We are 46% of the way to our goal. Please join us!
What are the benefits of pledging?
In addition to our undying gratitude, pledge donors receive special benefits. All pledge donors will receive quarterly emails on the progress and discoveries of the Alexandria Project directly from the Research Director and will also be recognized on our up-coming pledge drive web page.
Donors at the Sustainer level and above (over $500 per year) will receive discounts on fee-based programming and an invitation for two to Shumla's Mid-Project and End-of-Project Donor Appreciation Events here in Comstock, October 2018 and October 2020. These events will include breathtaking tours, presentations from our researchers, delicious meals and more as we introduce you to the wonders of the ancient world of southwest Texas.
Will my gift be matched?
YES! An anonymous donor has offered to match all individual gifts in 2017 up to $100,000! And I pledge to find a matching donor each year of the pledge drive so your gift will be doubled!
Is my gift tax deductible?
Absolutely. Shumla is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All donations to Shumla are tax deductible. Our tax ID is 74-2869788.
If my company matches charitable donations, will that count toward my donor level?
Yes! For example, if you pledge $2,500 each year and your company offers a 100% match, that's $5,000 per year, making you an Alexandria Project Supporter.
I want to pledge! Tell me how.
Thank you! You have choices. You may give via:
- Check: Send your first year gift by check to Shumla P.O. Box 627, Comstock, TX 78837. Note your annual pledge amount and we will remind you each year of the Alexandria Project when it's time to send your annual gift.
- Online as a monthly donation: Click here to access our secure online donation portal. Elect a "Monthly Donation" and enter the amount you'd like to give monthly. This amount will be deducted monthly for the four years of the project.
- Online as an annual donation: Click here to access our secure online donation portal. Elect a "One Time Donation." Enter your chosen annual gift and then in the "Designate my Donation" space type the word "Pledge" and we will remind you when it's time to make your annual gift each year.