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How you can help
The IIRE is an active institute, which is proud of its achievements. We want to expand our activities, which we feel are badly needed in the present world situation. We invite everybody who agrees with our aims to help us with the further development of our project, financially or through other forms. Founded in Belgium, we were officially recognized as an international scientific foundation by a Royal Decree of 11 June 1981. Contributions to our work are tax-deductible in several countries, for example in the US through the Centre for Changes International Fund.
Compared to other similar institutions, we carry out our work with an absurdly low budget. We receive no government subsidies. No money is spent on high staff salaries, public relations or luxurious meals or accomodations for participants. Everything is done with a minimal staff, with unpaid international Fellows and volunteers who often pay all or part of their fares to and from Amsterdam, and with the labour contributed by the participants themselves. We could not have launched and maintained t he IIRE without the help of many people: not just donors, but the many volunteers who have come from several countries to help with painting, repairs, and electrical work.
We are also grateful to the friends who have left their libraries to us in their wills; and particularly our lecturers, translators and interpreters, many of whom wholly or partly donate their services. This multi-faceted help will be as essential in the next century as it has been in our first two decades. If you can help in any of these ways, please contact us. Despite these contributions, the Institute costs money. We need money for plane fares: plane fares from the Third World must more and more often be completely covered by the Institute. We need money for our building, which though beautiful is old. We have carried out major renovations and improvements in recent years, but more are needed....
We also need money for food (although participants cook for themselves during their stays). We need money for gas, water, light, heat, property taxes, photocopying, phone calls.... In recent years we have benefited from the support of Germany's Jakob Moneta Stiftung, Canada's Kimeta Society and Sweden's Tom Gustafsson Memorial Fund, as well as from generous legacies in one or two wills. But regular, annual, individual donations remain crucial to our survival. We confront simultaneously a rise in costs and a struggle to find new donations. We are doing our part to breathe new life into hope and faith in the future. But we can only do it with new sources of financial support: we must acquire new donors if the Institute is to maintain and expand its work. We rely on your help.
IIRE has signed a contract with the Dutch Foundation for Research and Education in Scientific Socialism (SOWS). The SOWS has decided to support the political and educational activities held at the Institute. Such activities include Youth, Women, Middle East, LGBTT and Climate Change Schools and Seminars, plus IIRE publications. In return IIRE will ask it supporters to become a donor for SOWS. SOWS will use these funds exclusively for IIRE but decides on a yearly basis which activities of IIRE will be supported. We encourage our readers to consider testament pledges and other donations. Suggested regular donations from IIRE friends are 25, 50 and 100 euros, but any donation will of course be appreciated.