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25 January 2017

Annual Appeal: We're Almost There...

Ready to put us over the top? 
The Annual Appeal for the California Genealogical Society so far has raised 88% percent — $13,170 — of its $15,000 goal. We only need $1,830 to meet our goal for this year.  Can we all come together and make it happen by Feb 1st?  We’re very close to meeting our numbers for 2016 (thank you all). However, we still need your help to reach 100%.

Treasurer Kathie Jones said, "So far, 133 members have given a little over $13,000.  I'm so happy to see that each year we're able to exceed our previous year's goal.  In 2015 our goal was $12,500, which we accomplished, and I'm hopeful that we'll do the same for 2016's Annual Appeal. Our average donation this year is now $99 per person, a definite increase from the previous year.  Thank you CGS members!” 

Where does the money go?
Membership fees only cover 40% of our operating expenses; most of the rest comes from special events and tax-deductible donations from members like you.  Kathie says, "The cost of real estate in the San Francisco Bay area continues to be our number one expense for the society---meaning our rent consumes about 70% of our budget."

Our library, with thousands of volumes, is one of the premiere genealogy libraries on the West Coast, and is one of the main reasons that many of you joined the society.  Our member survey results showed that The California Nugget, our biannual genealogical magazine, is another huge draw for our members.

What’s on tap for this year?
Member Lisa Gorrell will lead our 17th annual genealogy research trip to Salt Lake City in April and on September 23rd we will play host to the incredible Judy G. Russell, also known as The Legal Genealogist.  

We hope you’ll consider one or both of these enjoyable genealogical experiences. Both will help us raise needed funds for the society and library. We also have an interesting and constantly evolving slate of classes for you to choose from in 2017.

Genealogy community
In addition to the library, resources, trips, events and classes---it's the people that make The California Genealogical Society the valuable resource that it has become.  Without your devotion of time and resources, we wouldn't be a leader in genealogy.

Thank you for all that you have done and will do for us in the future.  Our future looks bright because of members and donors like you.  

Please donate today.

You make our success possible.

Thank you.

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