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As we come to the end of what has been a strange and difficult year, many of us have felt the need to re-examine and take stock of things. Privileges and relationships that we have taken for granted show themselves differently in the light of all that has happened in 2020. With these reflections, we look to chart a better course forward into 2021 and beyond.
In light of these times, the SNAG board has been compelled to do the same. In 2019, we celebrated the 50-year history of this organization with great pride, and the makers and educators who contributed to our success along the way. But there were many who have been left out of our official history. As we look to the future, what is it we want to see? Who are the future voices of our field? Voices, that those of us charged with guiding this institution through this difficult time need to hear?
For this year’s Annual Appeal letter instead of asking a well-recognized member of our community, we decided to ask our future artists what they love about our organization, what programs and activities resonate with them, and what they want to see more of from SNAG going forward. We received a variety of responses, both thoughtful and encouraging. Watch for our daily posts on Instagram and Facebook, mid-November through mid-December, where we will share those responses.
As you think about what is important to you during this time of giving, please consider a donation. Your financial support will have a direct impact on our organization by helping to secure the next 50 years of this member-driven institution.
Society of North American Goldsmiths
Did you know that Tuesday, November 28th is Giving Tuesday? It is when individuals and corporations open their hearts and wallets on a national day devoted to giving back.
Please consider giving back to your community on Tuesday, November 28th!
Investing in SNAG will help directly fund programs that support and expand the jewelry and metals field. No amount is too small.
Thank you for considering a donation to SNAG.
We are excited to announce that SNAG has met its $50,000 Windgate Challenge Grant in eight months! We have received $50,000 in new and increased donations over the last eight months to achieve our goal. This means for all of you who were new donors or increased your giving, your amount was matched dollar for dollar by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Thank you to everyone who contributed and thank you to Windgate for helping SNAG become more sustainable. Make a donation.
Did you know that as an artist you can begin planning your legacy at any point in time? It is never too soon or too late to plan how you want to be remembered. Think about your legacy and what your contributions may mean to the field you loved all your life. Board Member and Artist, Dominique Bereiter, shares with SNAG why she chose to support her favorite jewelry organization as a part of her legacy giving:
Art appreciation has always been central to my life. But it is only over the last five years, when I was spending full time in my studio creating jewelry, that I began to realize my need for a constant, supportive community of makers.
I joined SNAG in 2010 and that membership opened up a new world of community and possibilities to me. I have been lucky and privileged to serve as the Minneapolis conference co-chair. It was a huge task, but a very rewarding one. I met many wonderful people, jewelers, blacksmiths, and other metalsmith artists willing to share their love of making, and the diverse techniques they use. I enjoy listening to their stories, their ways of making a living as an artist. Over time, the SNAG community became a large part of my life, and I cannot overstate how important the organization has become to me.
Many artists pursue their dream of being a working metalsmith, but that is not easy to accomplish financially. Cognizant of this fact, SNAG has a long history of helping creatives through sharing important business related information, as well as providing financial assistance through scholarships. In order to support the field in this manner, SNAG needs to continually raise funds. I have been a benefactor of SNAG programming in the past and witnessed first-hand what an impact the organization creates. Because the organization’s educational and philanthropic mission is so very close to my heart, I have started to think of ways to actively support SNAG’s important mission myself.
Looking at my own life, the paths I have taken, the legacy of work and information I will be able to share and leave to those that come after me, giving back to SNAG in the form of a bequest was an easy and comfortable decision for me My bequest enables me to leave a permanent mark in the jewelry world, one that is meaningful to me and makes a difference in the lives of fellow makers that will come after me. I cannot think of a better way to support the future of metalsmithing than by donating to the one organization that has helped me constantly during all my active years. SNAG will be a beneficiary in my will.
Please join me and consider SNAG for a bequest. If you have questions around how to set this up and would like to reach out, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith via email@example.com.
With my best wishes,
SNAG, Board of Directors
The most recent National Committee on Planned Giving survey offers some insight into why people make charitable bequests:
97 percent say they care about the charity
82 percent want to do something special
35 percent use planned giving as an income or estate tax planning strategy
21 percent say they know someone at the organization
Only 20% of Americans make a planned gift! By making a planned gift you can help out an important organization in YOUR community (like SNAG.) Do you want to start creating your legacy today? Check out www.leavealegacy.org to have some of your questions answered. Contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith if you’d like to make your legacy a part of the SNAG history.