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Re: donating xmas trees


Hilary, Dorene et al. ( Gee, day off from work and I'm going on like a 
paralegal)

In addition to Dorene's stellar advice, I'd add the option of including with  
the thank you letter an additional form on your letterhead  stating the 
nature of the gift ( i.e. 1 pear tree with partridge, 5 golden rings) but 
leaving the valuation of the gift blank.  A non-monetary contribution is 
technically called a "Gift-In-Kind" and is best valuated by the giver. This 
keeps the recipient of the non-monetary gift out of any possible 
controversies with the IRS. This kind of honor system is used by The 
Salvation Army, for example, for gifts in kind.

Always stroke contributors, let them feel that they are members of the garden 
community. Who knows, maybe the guy donating the picnic table  may help with 
the tulip planting in the fall?

Happy Gardening,
Adam


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