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rockyridgefarm
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:44 am    Post subject: Museums and donations Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I heard a few years back that charities are pushing back on “strings attached” donations. You know, donations that the giver requiors the money goes to starving kids in Africa, or that fund this aspect of the organization, but not that aspect.

I wonder if that extends to donations of relics to a museum. If you try to give this or that item with the demand that it is never sold, and they say “we won’t accept it under those terms”. It makes sense. Good museums change up their displays often. If they’re obligated to keep your tractor in good condition and on display, that takes away room for a potentially more interesting displays. I’ve seen things donated to steam and gas clubs that sit in the tree line and rot because they can’t sell them and also can’t maintain them.

Something to think about.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:21 am    Post subject: Re: Museums and donations Reply to specific post Reply with quote

rockyridgefarm wrote:
(quoted from post at 11:44:29 01/11/19) I heard a few years back that charities are pushing back on “strings attached” donations. You know, donations that the giver requiors the money goes to starving kids in Africa, or that fund this aspect of the organization, but not that aspect.

I wonder if that extends to donations of relics to a museum. If you try to give this or that item with the demand that it is never sold, and they say “we won’t accept it under those terms”. It makes sense. Good museums change up their displays often. If they’re obligated to keep your tractor in good condition and on display, that takes away room for a potentially more interesting displays. I’ve seen things donated to steam and gas clubs that sit in the tree line and rot because they can’t sell them and also can’t maintain them.

Something to think about.


Yep, gotta agree.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Museums and donations Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My museum will take donations anytime, cant provide tax credit tho,
must be out of the goodness of your heart and must be pieces pre- 1939.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Museums and donations Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Local county museum here has an auction from time to time of the extra donated stuff. How many cream separators and Edison tube players do they
need? Just because it?s special to you, doesn?t mean it special to everybody.

I hope my wife has a successful sale after I am gone. I have a couple tractors that have sentimental value to me, but unless one of the kids want them,
they might as well find a new home.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Museums and donations Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think you are placing a lot of restrictions on your equipment, truth is no one will take it if there is not a perceived value on it. It is a lot like taking care of an animal in a will. You have to put enough cash along with the animal to provide care for the lifetime, if you do not provide enough cash, the animal will be put down. Antique equipment is declining in value along with the quantity of people that are interested in it.

It is basic reality to assume the equipment might be scrapped upon your death.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Museums and donations Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree.

I had an old hand cranked fanning mill that my dad once used to clean seed wheat. I had no use for it, so I talked to a fellow from our county museum. He said they already had two, but said he'd talk to the board and see if they wanted another.

Turned out he croaked before anything else got done. So--I took the fanning mill to a consignment auction wondering if it would get a bid and it brought $45.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Museums and donations Reply to specific post Reply with quote

After giving this some thought part of me says find a younger person who is interested and just give it to them. The downside there is somewhere down the road they need a few bucks who knows what will happen.

Rick
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Museums and donations Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Our local threshing show has fought that battle since the beginning of the show. When I was on the board of directors I tried to push a policy that states all machinery donations need to be inspected by a couple of board members at the donators place before we say yes. I also tried to push a policy that states we have the right to sell their donation. I pushed the policy after someone brought an old junk baler that didn’t even have a plunger as a donation on the opening day of the show when we were busy as all get out with other things, telling me it was grandpa’s baler and just too good to cut up. He said he called one of the board members and the board member OK’d it over the phone. The present board of directors is ow following that policy. We had to cut down on the junk row machinery living in the weeds somehow.
 
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