Contribute

Donations are the lifeblood of a non-profit such as the Mazer Archives. Fortunately, there are many opportunities to give: making a financial contribution, volunteering once or twice a month to help catalog, or donating directly your papers, books, photos, video, to the Mazer Archives.

Call us to find out more about donating your own personal archives. This is probably the most important contribution you can make to preserving our collective lesbian history.

But, we take all kinds of donations as well. These donations come in many forms. Whether it is a financial donation, a donation of time as a volunteer or contributing archival material to the archives, we look forward to working with you to help support the largest major archive on the West Coast dedicated to preserving and promoting lesbian and feminist history and culture.

Help us build a better future for generations to come by supporting the Mazer Archives in whatever form you can.

 

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 Volunteer

Volunteer Your Time-Energy-Expertise

The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which is run by volunteers. And volunteers are essential. The easiest way to get acquainted with the Mazer is by coming to an event. Please see our event calendar here.

You can also stop by during public viewing hours Tuesdays 11am-2pm. We are closed on most major holidays and holiday weekends so please call or email and let us know you are coming to be sure we are there before you arrive at our doors. This is a good idea anytime you're planning a visit. If you are a researcher let us know what you are looking for so we can prepare and have things ready for you. Activities vary depending on what obligations must be met, and upon the current projects the Mazer is involved in. Typically a working afternoon is spent sorting through donations to separate duplicates from new items to be cataloged.

Working volunteers also help with special events planning and preparations, photographing objects for display, and similar activities.

Another way to get involved with volunteering is to sit in on one of our monthly Mazer Board Meetings.

Help plan community events. We try to do 2-3 community outreach events a year, and the focus depends on the interests and passion of those involved.

Help us network with Lesbian and Feminist organizations, groups or specific projects.

Dream up a Lesbian History Preservation idea and present it to the Board. We are always open to hearing ideas from individuals in the community, and we love to have new people and their enthusiasm come and contribute to the Mazer. It is through the richness of diversity of our volunteers, as well as our materials, that we grow as an organization.

Come for the lively conversation, the sense of community, the possibility of exploring the materials, to meet women or to feel at home. Whatever your reason for coming, rest assured, your presence will make a difference in other women’s lives and in the archiving of lesbian history.

Call or email us and we’ll find a project to match your interests.


 Money Donations

Money is another essential ingredient in the survival of the June Mazer Lesbian Archives. Don’t despair if you can’t give us a million dollars today. Each gift, even small ones, helps us better serve the community as a whole.

Here are a few ways to financially ensure our lesbian and feminist history is never lost or stolen again.

If you can afford to make a one-time financial gift now, please feel free to do so. Mail check or money orders to:

Mazer Archives
P.O. Box 691866
West Hollywood CA 90069-8866

Or, you can pay on the web using PayPal - 100% Trusted. Make a monthly or one time donation.

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Donation is Tax Deductable

The Archives is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A number of individuals make small monthly donations, which over time add up to quite a significant yearly contribution. (i.e. $15 a month becomes $180 a year)


 Material Donations

Everything in the Mazer has been donated. We are always looking to expand the collection. Please consider donating, especially unique, one-of-a-kind items such as: letters, diaries, photos, home videos and other materials that will tell our unpublished story to future generations.

When you make a donation be sure to get a “Deed of Gift” form from us. This tells us how you want your collection stored and referenced within our archive. You can have one sent to you via email as well as snail mail!

Before donating any items to the Mazer, we ask that you first contact us by snail mail, email or phone to ensure the safety of your items.


Wills and Living Trusts  

Gifts that Endure

Your ongoing donations to the Mazer Archives are vital to keeping our doors open and maintaining the archival material. And yet your support through Wills and Living Trusts are the insurance (no pun intended) that the Mazer Archives will be properly funded in future years. Both donations are vital and needed. Both kinds of donations allow us to continue archiving and maintaining the lives of lesbians for future generations and the present to enjoy.

Anonymous or Named?

You can choose to remain anonymous or be thanked in our publications and mailings. We can honor your wishes, as well, if you decide to donate materials to the archives anonymously. By remaining unnamed you protect your privacy. We do not, however, under any circumstances, allow our donor lists to be scanned, borrowed, duplicated or electronically manipulated in any way. If you choose to be named, it will be with your written consent, and only our publications will have your gift listed.

Wills and Living Trusts:

To make sure your exact intentions are carried out, wills (or codicils) or Living Trusts should be prepared with your attorney’s advice. A bequest to the Mazer Archives can be in the form cash, securities, real estate, personal papers (i.e. diaries, love letters, etc.) or other property. If you are considering a gift of appreciated real estate, please contact us for advice on how best to meet your charitable objectives.

You may find living trusts advantageous. This gives the donor access to property during his or her lifetime and carries with it great savings on inheritance costs.

Outright bequests to Mazer, whatever the amount, are free from federal estate tax and inheritance taxes of many states. The resulting tax saving may be substantial.

Testamentary gifts or bequests may take various forms. Four possibilities are:

  1. An outright or specific bequest designating the Mazer Archives as the recipient of a stated dollar amount or fraction of the estate. This bequest may be in the form of cash, securities, real estate, tangible or real property, personal papers, collectibles or any other type of property.

  2. residuary bequest names the Mazer Archives to receive all or a specified part of the estate remaining after specific legacies or bequests have been distributed.

  3. contingent bequest takes effect only in the event that all of the primary beneficiaries under the will are pre-deceased. The naming of the Mazer Archives can prevent the property from going to the state for lack of heirs.

  4. testamentary trust of Living Trust, or a bequest reserving life income, is an arrangement where part or all of the estate is left in trust with the income or some stated amount is to be paid to the donor or to one or more beneficiaries. Upon the death of the donor or the surviving beneficiaries, the principal or assets will be paid to the Mazer Archives and used for the purposes you have designated.

We welcome you to visit us at the archives and see for yourself how important your donation is to preserving our lesbian herstory. Volunteers are available to answer your questions on how to include the Mazer Archives in your will or Living Trust.

In Addition

You are more than welcome to send us money any time you’d like to. You can designate your gift for a particular project (cataloging, Webster maintenance) or for part of the collection that you’d like to help expand or maintain (archiving periodicals, acquiring more audio-visual materials).


Our Supporters

Special Thanks

The June Mazer Lesbian Archives exists and survives because ordinary people donate time, effort, money and materials. As an all volunteer non-profit organization the Mazer Archives is especially grateful for support from the following:

• The City of West Hollywood for continuing to provide rent-free space

GRANTS:
• The Liberty Hill Foundation for grants to professionally catalogue and archive our holdings
• California Community Foundation for preservation & exhibition of softball uniforms from the 1940s & 1950s
• The Durfee Foundation for offering us a grant to create this new web site which provides computer access to our holdings and information on the Archives
• The Liberty Hill Foundation for providing a shared grant to the Mazer and the One Institute to present community forums based on historical materials inventoried in previously unopened boxes of donated materials.
Financial Gifts Received from Organizations:
• Christopher Street West
• Southern California Women for Understanding L.A. Chapter
• Southern California Women for Understanding Ventura Chapter

Memorial, Estate & Legacy Gifts:

– Gifts received in memory of:
• Don Brewster
• Sally Armstrong
• Kay Gardner

– Gifts received from the estates of:
• Bunny MacCulloch Trust
• Donna May Smith Trust
• Estate of Judy Tupac
• Estate of Barbara MacDonald
• Estate of Susan Brilliant
–Legacy gifts from:
• Connexxus Women’s Center/Centro De Mujeres
• L. Dianne Anderson Trust

Thank you to all of our individual donors who have contributed.

We are attempting to acknowledge all of our major donors. If you notice an omission please contact us.

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