Donations to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society exists for the purpose of preserving the tangible artifacts of history concerning the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company; education of the public in the history, purpose and social benefits of railroading with emphasis on the role of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company; to encourage the publication of writings concerning the history, development, economic impact, social impact, and operations of American railroads with emphasis on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company; and for such other charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or other corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law); and not for the pecuniary gain or profit, incidental or otherwise, of its members.

As the Society is a non-profit, qualified 501(c)(3) Corporation, charitable donations are tax-deductible. If you have any specific questions in this regard, please consult with your tax advisor.

Membership dues, Society Company Store Sales, and donations from any and all who are interested in the preservation of the history of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, are the life-blood of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society. Without all of these elements, we cannot exist and preserve the history of our favorite railroad.

Commercial Programs that Donate to the B&O Railroad Historical Society

There are commercial sales organizations that donate part of their sales proceeds to an affiliated non-profit 501(c)(3) organization such as the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society. Customers who desire to identity with that non-profit entity when making a purchase, can have a portion of that purchase donated by that organization to the non-profit entity. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society has begun exploring that opportunity and as organizations are identified, they will be listed here. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society cannot and will not insist that a customer purchase from an organization listed on this web site. But if a customer desires to make a purchase from an organization listed here, a portion of that purchase will be returned to us.

Amazon Smile

This program is a simple and automatic way for Amazon to support 501(c)(3) organizations like the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society every time someone shops at Amazon. Customers must log into smile.amazon.com instead of just amazon.com. At the first instance, the customer will be asked to affiliate with their favorite non-profit organization. Search for us. We are listed. When a customer shops at smile.amazon.com, the customer will find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as they would shopping at amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to us as a favorite charitable organization.

Donation Policy Through December 31, 2017

B&O Historical Society 300 Club

The Society also understands that most people do not have large sums of money to donate to non-profit organizations like us. Therefore, the B&O HS 300 Club has been established for anyone who wants to make a one-time donation of $300 to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society Archive Building Fund. As stated in the attached form here, donations will be used for modifications, improvements, repairs, and necessary furniture (bookshelves, tables, chairs, etc.) as building needs occur. All contributions are tax deductible since the Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation registered with the Internal Revenue Service. To contribute to the B&O HS 300 Club, print out the form by clicking on the graphic at the beginning of this paragraph, or on the 300 Club link here. Send the completed form, along with your check, to the address at the heading on the form.

Building Fund to House Archives, Research, Publications, and Merchandise Sales Functions

In the Spring of 2016, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society purchased a 9,600 square foot building in Eldersburg, Maryland, to house the archives and historical legacy of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, perform research on the history of the B&O, produce publications for the Society, and conduct sales of historical or historically related B&O products. The new building is a masonry block structure built in the 1950s. There is space for over 40 cars to park. Upgrades to the building have been done over the years as the use and purpose changed over its lifetime. To make the building and spaces suitable for Society use, there are structural repairs, both inside and out, as well as extensive refurbishing required to get the building up to a level that permits productive use by us. When completed late summer 2016, we will have space that triples storage for archives material, a separate office, space for the company store, general storage space, and an auditorium for meeting and possible mini-cons. Here is a letter from the Society President that was in the 2nd Quarter Sentinel magazine that discusses this move and provides further information.

There are several ways that members and others can donate to financially help in this effort. Last year, in preparation for this even, a Building Fund Donation process was created. There are 6 contribution levels: the Capitol Limited Supporter, the National Limited Supporter, the Royal Blue Supporter, the Cincinnatian Supporter, the Sentinel Supporter, and the Timesaver Supporter. Each category is based upon the level of funds contributed by those supporting this program. Please refer to the support level criteria displayed on the submission form shown when you click on the graphic at the beginning of this discussion, or on the Building Fund Donations link here. Contributions for this project can be made by printing out the form, filling it out, and mailing it in to the address provided at the bottom of the form. Please include any funds with your form. Donations to the Building Fund may only be submitted on the form provided and must be separate from any other donations to the Society.

Archives Acquisition Fund to Purchase Material to Increase Research Capability

The B&O Railroad Historical Society maintains an archive of historical documents, images and artifacts related to the B&O Railroad. These items have been used by authors, researchers and members to help educate people about the history of the B&O Railroad. Our collection is ever growing as new books are written and new collections of images and documents are made available for acquisition. You can help us preserve, protect and share these items by making a donation to our Archives acquisition budget. This deduction is 100% tax-deductible and you can see the immediate results of your donation with every issue of The Sentinel you read, every new reprint that comes out via the company store, every convention book and every calendar that comes out each year. Your donation will help ensure that the history of the B&O Railroad and the work that thousands of people did to keep it running is never lost to history Donations are always appreciated.

There are two ways to donate funds to the Archival Acquisition Fund. You may click on the graphic at the beginning of this discussion where you will be presented with a donation form. Print it out, fill it out with the amount you wish to donate, and send it in to the Society at the address shown on the bottom of the form.

Or, you can add a donation to any purchase you may want to make from the Company Store. While in the Company Store module, enter the link in the left margin called Membership Payments and Cash Donations and go to stock number 01723 for more details.

If you desire to make a purchase in addition to this donation, and you desire to use the form provided here, you may include both in your envelope to the Society. Make sure that you include a payment that covers the amount of both items.

All contributors will be sent an acknowledgement letter by the Society that can be used for tax purposes. The B&O Railroad Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization for donation purposes.

Donations to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society General Fund

Donations to the General Fund of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society. The core functions of the Society are financially supported by membership dues and sales from our Company Store. Requirements over and above our core functions are supported by donations by members, friends of the Society, and other philanthropists who wish to help support our efforts.

Frequently, needs arise that are beyond what can be supported from membership dues or Company Store sales. This necessitates establishing programs that rely on designated donations from the generosity of others. The discussions concerning a Building Fund above and a fund to assist with Archives Acquisitions below are examples of two designated donation programs that are so critical to the future of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society that they have been given their own separate identity. But there are other areas of a more general nature that are in their infancy, or are really small but important programs, that need donation support as well to insure survival. These type of efforts are supported through donations to our Society General Fund. An example of such a program is an effort to expand our outreach to connect with others who are not a member of our Society but who have expressed an interest in railroad history. Another example is the development of an Oral History Program to document through video and/or audio the work experiences of retired former B&O Railroad employees. As former B&O employees age, it is critical that we as a historical society make contact with these former B&O employees while they are still able to remember and talk about their experiences while working on the B&O Railroad. Further development of these two examples rely upon savings generated in other areas of Society operations, and through donations to our General Fund.

Donations by interested parties can be provided through multiple ways. Donations can be added to any purchase made from the Company Store. While in the Company Store module, enter the link in the left margin called Membership Payments and Cash Donations and go to stock number 01710 for more details.

Or, you may click on the graphic at the beginning of this discussion where you will be presented with a donation form. Any donation amount may be contributed if the form is used. Print it out, fill it out with the amount you wish to donate, and send it to the Society address shown at the bottom of the form.

If you desire to make a purchase in addition to this donation, and you desire to use the form provided here, you may include both in your envelope to the Society. Make sure that you include a payment that covers the amount of both items.

All contributors will be sent an acknowledgement letter by the Society that can be used for tax purposes. The B&O Railroad Historical Society is a 501(c) 3 organization for donation purposes.

Material Donations

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society can accept a limited quantity of materials that have direct bearing on the history of the B&O Railroad. Such items may include but not be limited to original photographs or slides, other media types taken professionally or by B&O enthusiasts, books on the B&O that provide information from a historical perspective, and other written matter that may be considered valuable. Such donations will be subject to evaluation by Society personnel before formal acceptance. Anyone interested in donations of this type should contact the Society via mail at P.O. Box 1608, Sykesville, Maryland 21784-1608, or by email to the President Email President [president at borhs dot org]. Donors may also utilize the form provide by clicking on the graphic at the beginning of this discussion. Print it out; fill it out; submit it to the Society at the address provided at the top of the form. Please mark your envelope with the words MATERIAL DONATION. Do not submit your donation(s) until told to do so by the Society.

After the Society accepts your donation, contributors will be sent an acknowledgement letter by the Society that can be used for tax purposes. The B&O Railroad Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization for donation purposes.

Stock Donations

The Society is now able to accept publicly traded stocks as tax deductible gifts. We can accepts gifts that are destined for our restricted Building Fund, our restricted Archives Projects Fund, or our unrestricted General Fund. If you are interested in making such a gift, please contact the Treasurer via e-mail Email Treasurer [treasurer at borhs dot org]

Donation Policy Effective January 1, 2018

The B&O RHS has grouped its various donation objectives into a more simplified program of grouping donations into three major categories. This will more easily recognize the broad needs of the Society, and restructure the recognition provided to donors to further tie the recognition to the value of the financial contribution provided by supporters. As any one donation increases in size, the level of recognition escalates.

The Society accepts donations into three different funds. Those funds are:

  • Archives Projects Fund: This is a restricted fund. Donations to this fund are used only for the purchase of archival material or for equipment, supplies, and software to be used to develop and catalog archival material.

  • Building Fund: This is a restricted fund. Donations to this fund are used only for the purpose of purchasing, improving, and maintaining real property used by the Society to accomplish its mission.

  • General Fund: This is an unrestricted fund. Donations to this fund may be used for any purpose just so long as that purpose assists the Society in accomplishing its mission.

Potential donors interested in contributing to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society should refer to this linked copy of our Donation Policy. This document will provide a much greater insight into the program and provide donation levels and methodology that will assist the potential donor.

Material Donations will remain the same as before. Please refer to the above discussion with respect to Material Donations.


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