If you have completed your seasonal obligations under budget and ahead of schedule, congratulations.
Are you ready to think about giving something that means more than one person or one season?
When the 'givers' in our world stick together, we make things better for everyone.
Living Legacy Project
We get excited when we get an invitation from the Himalayan foothills, or refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, places where DIY heaters that are thrifty on wood could be life-saving and livelihood-saving.
However, as fellow 'highlanders' and economic refugees (we live in the back hills of the poorest county in our state), we can easily spend all of our time on these volunteer projects. And we don't have the independent means to fly ourselves all over the world to give the best chance of success to these critical requests.
We do what we can through public forums, online consulting, and the occasional sponsored project. But these skills are best learned in person; a single weekend workshop, or a 2-week series of projects, can save a new builder years of trial and error.
Wouldn't it be great if we had a not-for-profit support base, where we could tap donated funds for worthy causes, give scholarships to promising students, and invest in the research needed to find appropriate solutions at all levels?
Enter Seven Fires, an Oregon 501(c)3.
Their charter is "providing opportunities for children and elders, and preserving traditional cultures." The director is a longtime friend, with ties to Cob Cottage Company, and a couple of rocket mass heaters in her guest rooms.
Seven Fires enthusiastically supports our work in education and traditional skills, whether that's building with earth, burning smokeless fires, or sharing with new generations the joys of traditional craftsmanship.
That means you can donate to support our work, and get a tax write-off if you need it. It also means we (and our colleagues and students) may be able to reduce the taxes we pay to Big Brother for the portion of our work that's really charitable in intent. Here's the details.
Seven Fires: (Tammy Van, www.7fires.org 541-347-7801).
Please mark any donations "Living Legacy Project"
Seven Fires Foundation
89001 Highway 42 South
Bandon, OR 97411
501(c)3 Tax ID 16-161-7279
PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to be a little more specific/restrict your donation, you could say
- "Living Legacy Village Project" (to directly support hands-on skill building, educational and economic opportunities for people on the margins), or
- "Living Legacy Mainstreaming Project (for research and development aimed at proving sustainable projects meet the highest global standards, such as emissions testing and case studies).
You can also donate gently-used or new items. What is not needed for children and elders served directly by Seven Fires will be re-sold for their general fund.
And here are the gifties and goodies for you last-minute holiday shoppers:
(click on the image to see it full-size, then "save image as" to your own device.)
If you email a link to your local printer for a photo-print or paper cards, here is a copyright release for them. (Copyright release: The artist (Erica Wisner) hereby allows reproduction of these images for non-commercial purposes.
Images dated 2005-2014, release dated 12/21/2017, effective until further notice.)
We also offer DIY craft patterns, classes, and custom decorative cutouts.
Available for Purchase:
Thanks for taking the time to visit our blog during this busy season. Warm wishes for holidays full of comfort and good company.
Ernie and Erica