Charitable Donations National Model Railroad Association
EBay is a great resource to let the buyers determine fair market value or one can search past auctions to see how much an item sold for. Attend our annual Model Train Show and Sale to discuss values with the dealers. The museum can assist you in choosing a planned giving program.
The NMRA is a non-profit organization under the IRS 501 guidelines. Your donations to the NMRA are, for the most part, a charitable donation. As always, consult your financial advisors for full details.
All donations are tax deductible within the limits of the law. The museum accepts donations of model railroading items and railroad artifacts on a case by case basis. Model railroading items are typically used in Youth Programs or taken to the Museum’s annual sale to be put back out into the hobby and raise funds for the museum. If the above would be too much work, and you aren’t concerned with maximizing the dollar value of the collection, you can contact estate buyers of model train equipment. These can be found via Internet search, model railroading magazines, or by visiting your local model railroading hobby store.
If you wish to sell your model- or prototype-related railroad items, we suggest you try posting notices in local club, division, or region publications. Also, you may try classified ads in national publications, such asScaleRails,Model Railroader,Railroad Model Craftsman, or list them with online auction sites like eBay. Please contact the club to make arrangements to receive your donation. Donations should not be simply left unattended at the club without prior arrangement.
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We will accept all types of model railroad equipment and memorabilia, but please make sure that items are complete and in reasonable working order. Thrift store etiquette applies – we are happy to have your donations but we are not an alternative to the dumpster. In some cases, The Model Railroad Club, Inc., may be able to accept donations of HO or N scale equipment that is in good working order. Items donated to us will first be considered for use on our layout displays.
- Our typical process is to use anything we can on our club layout, followed by auctioning off the remains to club members with the proceeds going to our general fund.
- The HUB division will sell all donated items at either its spring or fall show, and use the proceeds to fund its educational programs and activities for public benefit.
- If you’d like to make a donation by cash, check, or money order, please contact us.
- Through the NMRA Endowment Program and with the help of appropriate professionals, the NMRA can be remembered as a bequest in a will or trust.
- If you wish to sell your model- or prototype-related railroad items, we suggest you try posting notices in local club, division, or region publications.
Charitable support for the NMRA is available through either current contributions or by remembering the NMRA in estate plans.
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Purchasing a Sustainable or higher level membership includes a donation to the museum. Monetary gifts ensure the future of the museum by providing for operations and staffing to continue the Museum Mission. Designation to specific programming is available if desired. The tax credit from all of your donations is yours to keep.
The National Model Railroad Association is dedicated to the preservation of all things in the Model Railroading domain. To that end, support from the membership is what keeps us going. We would like to introduce you to two new ways to support the NMRA.
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We are a 5013 non-profit organization and accept charitable contributions. All that’s required is that you supply us with a list of the items along with your clearly marked name and address when those items are donated. You will then receive a receipt from our donations chair where you may value the items and possibly take a deduction on your income tax.
The HUB Division, Inc is located in Eastern Massachusetts. We can make arrangements for pick-up in the general New England area. We will also entertain donations from outside our area including helping to defray shipping costs for certain collections. For maximization of value received for your collection, eBay cannot be beat. It will take time and effort on your part, but you’ll be able to establish reasonable values and receive appropriate compensation for the collection and your work. For the maximization of value received for your collection, eBay cannot be beaten.
You can expect to get “pennies on the dollar” from this approach, but remember that the dealer is going to do most of the work. Note that a dealer will more than likely be able to establish if your collection is of value through an over the phone discussion. Note that a dealer will more than likely be able to establish if your collection is of value through an over-the-phone discussion. Donate to Lansing Model Railroad Club because we are a good cause and you may get a tax write-off! Contact us a with descriptions of the items you are selling. Please be sure to include scale, make, descriptions, asking price, and your contact information.
Those items that are deemed unusable on our layout will then be considered for sale in our Gift Shop. Those items that are deemed unusable in our gift shop will be made available for purchase by our members, or discarded. You clean out your attic, garage or basement of model trains and get a tax deduction. We are able to put those items into the hands of people who can actually use them and help to support our programs.
If you’d like to make a donation by cash, check, or money order, please contact us. Plenty of items that might otherwise end up in a landfill can be readily used by others that may not have the means to buy something new. More lasting gifts to the NMRA can be structured through the use of estate planning. Through the NMRA Endowment Program and with the help of appropriate professionals, the NMRA can be remembered as a bequest in a will or trust.