The SAR Magazine

Summer 2018

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12 SAR MAGAZINE 24 SAR MAGAZINE Progress and Promise: A Report from the SAR Foundation By Sarah Strapp Dennison and Joseph W. Dooley B old and determined. These words may be used to describe the spirit of our patriot ancestors. They can also be used to describe the work of the SAR Foundation over the past year. President General Warren M. Alter has asked the SAR Foundation to report on some of our accomplishments and what we plan for the future. New Staff In August 2017, the SAR Foundation hired a full-time fundraiser. Sarah Strapp Dennison brings energy, enthusiasm and expertise to the SAR Foundation as the fundraising manager. Under her guidance, the SAR Foundation has implemented professional practices to protect donor confidentiality. We have seen growth and change that have positioned us for future success. Sarah looks forward to helping the SAR Education Center and Museum become a reality. If you have not had a chance to meet Sarah, please look for her at the Fall Leadership Conference and introduce yourself. New Technology The SAR Foundation had not invested in technology for many years, and the systems we were using no longer suited our needs. At the 2018 Spring Leadership Conference, the SAR Foundation Board authorized approximately $28,000 for technology upgrades. The technology upgrades were accomplished for $1,700 less than the authorized amount. The most visible part of these technology upgrades is the complete redesign of the website,, which was presented to the delegates at the 2018 NSSAR Congress in Houston. The new was designed to have a streamlined user experience and to help donors support SAR programs conveniently and securely. Donations made through the website have digital tracking to ensure accuracy. now has options: in addition to one-time gifts, you many schedule monthly giving to support all of the SAR youth programs, the 1776 Campaign, and other efforts to build out the SAR Education Center and Museum (often called "The Solid Light Plan"). The new site went live the week before the 2018 NSSAR Congress and will be updated as needed. If you have not yet seen the new, please visit the site. (Test the online donation feature by making a donation to your favorite SAR program!) While less visible, the SAR Foundation also underwent a database conversion to a cloud-based system called DonorPerfect. With this new tool, the SAR Foundation will be able to meet the needs of donors more securely and efficiently. DonorPerfect allows the SAR Foundation to track donations in ways that were not possible before, offers robust reporting features and allows for large-scale email communication. New Projects No report about the past year for the SAR Foundation would be complete without discussing the success of the Patten Challenge. At the 2017 NSSAR Congress, Pennsylvania Compatriot Lanny Patten issued a challenge: If the SAR raised $300,000 in new money for the Solid Light Plan, he would match those donations with a personal gift of $100,000. More than 850 donors the SAR rose to the challenge and gave more than $400,000 in five months! If you were one of those donors, thank you! Your gift truly made an impact and helped the SAR to move closer to the completion of the planning stage for the SAR Education Center and Museum. We need less than $140,000 to complete the next phase of the Solid Light Plan, and if you have not yet done so, I invite you to support the project with your donation. If you would like to see the most up-to-date version of the Solid Light Plan, please visit As you can see, the SAR Foundation has accomplished a great deal in the past year. It would be easy to dwell on these successes, but instead, the SAR Foundation looks forward. With a bold and determined spirit, we, like our Patriot ancestors, will continue to rise to meet the goals set for us by the Trustees. Let us all work together to honor the past, to ensure success in the present and to plan for the future. Sarah Strapp Dennison is the fundraising manager of the SAR Foundation, Inc. President General (2013-14) Joseph W. Dooley is the president of the SAR Foundation. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Trustees of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) previously authorized the deaccession and repatriation and/or sale by auction of certain artifacts currently in the NSSAR's possession. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that in connection with the directive from the Board of Trustees, the NSSAR Museum Board has listed and reviewed each of the 569 artifacts from the SAR Museum Collection that will be repatriated or sold at auction. This list identifies each artifact by: category, name and identification number. A description of the artifact is also included. The list of artifacts that will be repatriated or sold at auction can be accessed at: . PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Museum Board is seeking to connect with each artifact's donor, or a family member if the original donor is deceased, to determine the donor's (or the donor's family's) wishes with respect to the artifact. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that artifacts not repatriated prior to November 1, 2018 will be sold at auction. A separate notice identifying those artifacts to be sold at auction and providing the date of such auction will be available after November 1, 2018. Proceeds from the auction will be allocated for the development, and placed under the direct care, of the SAR Museum Collection. For additional information or repatriation requests, please contact M. Kent Gregory, chairman, SAR Museum Board at NOTICE OF REPATRIATION OR SALE BY AUCTION OF APPROVED NSSAR ARTIFACTS

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