You can contribute to Victoria Avenue Forever in various ways. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Funds are used to augment the physical preservation and beautification of Victoria Avenue and to promote public awareness of its value and heritage to our community. The educational programs include brochures, quarterly newsletters and educational signage in the three kiosks along the Avenue. VAF’s donation programs include:
Membership: Membership dues are used to cover the day-to-day costs of Victoria Avenue Forever, like newsletters, upkeep of the Hal Snyder and Dr. Lewis gardens, trees, roses, insurance, postage, office supplies, projects, website, Facebook page and special events.
Membership entitles you to receive the quarterly newsletter (Victoria AveNews), opportunities to participate in volunteer events and special public events. It also provides you with the wonderful feeling that you help make Victoria Avenue the glorious linear park that it is today.
Honorarium/Memorial Contributions: Contributions to Victoria Avenue Forever are a wonderful way to honor, or memorialize a special person or event in his/her life. Please give us the full name and address of the person or family member to receive an acknowledgement of your contribution. Additionally, your contribution along with the name of the person you are honoring or memorializing will be printed in the newsletter.
Tree Commemoration: You can make a contribution to one or more Commemorative Trees in honor of or in memory of someone special, living or deceased. Designated recipients, or their family, will receive an official certificate personally signed by the Mayor of Riverside and the President of Victoria Avenue Forever. Additionally, a detailed map is provided with the specific tree’s location on Victoria Avenue. A tree will remain at that site in perpetuity. We promise to replant any tree that dies. A minimum donation of $150 is requested.
Endowment Fund Contributions: Victoria Avenue Forever maintains an Endowment Fund in the Community Foundation. This fund is our insurance that Victoria Avenue will truly be “forever.” Interest and withdrawals from the Fund supplement major garden upgrades, tree plantings, special projects and emergencies, as needed.
Special Projects/Gardens: Special projects occur periodically and it may take years to accumulate the needed funds for completion. Contributions that you want directed to specific projects on the donation/renewal fund will be honored. Please help us make these dreams come true.
Amazon Smile: You can designate a portion of your purchases at Amazon to go to a specific charity. This costs you nothing as it is a contribution by Amazon and does not add any cost to your purchase. You cannot deduct this type of contribution since you don’t bear the cost. For information on the Amazon Smile program, see the article in the February 2019 Newsletter on page 2.
How To Donate or, Pay Membership DuesMembership: Click the button below to renew/start your membership in Victoria Avenue Forever. The process will allow you to pay membership via a credit card to our Paypal account or via your Paypal account to ours. You do not need a Paypal account to pay via credit card.
By check: Download our form, fill it out, and mail a check to us. You can choose where your donation goes, and all donations are tax deductible. Click the button to download the form.
MightyCause: We have a page on MightyCause (formerly Razoo) where you can donate. Click the button below to donate online at MightyCause.